Friday, April 19, 2013

Day of Silence: Books with LGBT bullying and harrassment

In 1996, University of Virginia held the first Day of Silence, a day where people would not speak at all, "to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools."

Since then, it is an event that has spread across the country, but as anyone who looks at the news knows, there is still much work to be done. This list includes books with school-based LGBT bullying and harassment, but also the hate that happens at home and in the wider community.


October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman. The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard took place at the beginning of Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming. Newman was on campus, a guest speaker for her earlier work, Heather Has Two Mommies. This verse novel follows many different prospectives that night-- Matthew's, his murderers', even the fence's.

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes. After the accident, Paige was shipped off to France so her mother could do damage control. Paige is expected to step back into her picture-perfect life when she returns, but she finds it has shifted and moved on without her. From her new prospective, she's not entirely sure she wants to step back into it, anyway, especially when her old friends throw horrible and false accusations at a favorite teacher.

With or Without You by Brian Farrey. Evan and Davis band together to try to survive the teasing and the beatings that come at them daily. Then they're offered a chance to join the Chasers, a group that promises protection and safety. But the Chasers has a lifestyle that doesn't jive with Evan and his boyfriend Erik, and he has to make some serious choices.

Shine by Lauren Myracle. When Cat's best guy friend is viciously beaten and left for dead, the town and police don't take it as seriously as Cat would like. So, she's striking out on her own to investigate who did this, and why.

Stick by Andrew Smith. Stark was born with only one ear and his brother Bosen protects him from bullies and they protect each other from their parents. But when Bosen is forced to leave home for his own safety, Stark sets out to find him.

Money Boy by Paul Yee. Ray has many problems with his father, all stemming from not being the perfect Chinese son and struggling in school. But when his father discovers his son is gay, Ray is kicked out of the house with nowhere to turn except the streets and prostitution.


Freak Show by James St. James. At his new school, Billy is bullied horribly for being effeminate. Even when trying to be "normal," he gets it horribly wrong. So, he decides to be his bad-ass drag queen self. His first period biology classmates beat him into a coma. Luckily for Billy, everyone realizes they've gone too far and this is the beginning of the book, not the end.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. When Cameron's parents are killed, she's sent to live with her grandmother and conservative aunt. There she falls in love and is eventually outed. Her grandmother sends her to a conversion camp to "cure" her.

What books would you add?

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