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Thursday, June 27, 2013

SCOTUS strikes down DOMA: Happy LGBTQ stories

Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which made it so the federal government wouldn't recognize a gay marriage, and California's Prop. 8, which banned gay marriage in that state. To celebrate this landmark day (and the fact it's Pride Month), today is a list of happy LGBTQ stories.

    

Gay in America by Scott Pasfield. This nonfiction book profiles 140 gay, American, men, showing the wide diversity as the only thing all 140 men have in common is that they like other men. Each page spread features a large portrait of the man, with accompanying text introducing him and his life.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. This is a quirky love story that takes place in a town where the drag queens have their own clique (and one, Infinite Darlene is the star quarterback), being gay isn't a big deal, and the cheerleaders drive motorcycles. During pep rallies. They're biker gang cheerleaders.

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger. Told in three voices-- TC, his best friend Augie, and the new girl, Ale. They tell the story of their freshman year, of Mary Poppins, and the Red Sox, as they and their family find love and acceptance. Augie is struggling with coming out as gay, not realizing that everyone around him already knows, and he gets some romance, too.

    

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It has always been Naomi and Ely, Ely and Naomi. The two of them have survived everything, until Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend and it all falls apart. Naomi's been saving herself for Ely, but her gay best friend will never love her the way she loves him. Naomi and Ely aren't sure how to live life without each other, but they may have to.

Totally Joe by James Howe. Joe has to write an alphabiography (something about himself for every letter of the alphabet). This shows us a school year in which the 12-year-old has to deal with his sexuality. He's always known he's gay, but suddenly, it's a thing, except for most of the people in his life, it really isn't a big deal.

Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez. Jason, Kyle, and Nelson have graduated from high school and are road-tripping from Virginia to LA. But can Jason and Kyle's relationship survive all that time in the car? And will Nelson just end up being the third wheel? The final book in a trilogy, start with Rainbow Boys.

    

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books by Francesco Lia Block. While not the most racially sensitive titles, the Weetzie Bat novels were ground-breaking in portraying a gay love story as being a totally normal thing.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Because of Tiny Cooper. He doesn't always get what he wants, but he's strong enough to recognize what he needs and wants from his friends and boyfriend and to demand it from them.

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Gardner. This was the first YA novel about lesbians to have a happy ending. What's amazing though is how limited that happy ending was and how much has changed since it came out in 1982, because now, everything is totally different. Especially after yesterday.
v What are your favorite happy LGBTQ stories?

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