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Friday, October 11, 2013

National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day! Did you know that it marks the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights?

    

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. Written by people of all ages and all levels of fame, this collection of essays stems from the "it gets better" project.

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. Russel thinks he's the only gay kid in school, with an online chat buddy that may be something more-- until he turns out to be a closeted classmate. They form a club for LGBTQ teens. Not everyone wants to be out, so they call it the Geography Club-- a code name so boring no one else will want to join, until someone does.

Band Fags! by Frank Anthony Polito. Jack has lots of girl friends, but no girlfriends. As a band member, he gets called fag a lot, but it's not true... but as his friendship with Brad turns into something more, maybe he is.

    

Hero by Perry Moore. Thom has two major secrets--he's been invited to join the league of superheroes that rejected his father, and he's gay.

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. Nina, Avery, and Mel have been best friends since forever. Then, the summer before senior year, Nina goes off to pre-college camp and falls in love with Steve. Avery and Mel fall in love too, but with each other. Well, Mel falls in love, Avery might just be... exploring.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron. James is supposed to go to Brown next year, but he just wants to buy some land in the MidWest and not be near anyone. The only people he likes are his grandmother and the guy who works at his mother's art gallery.

    

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Harry and Craig are participating in a 32-hour kissing marathon to help set a Guinness World Record and become a focal point for gay teens everywhere.

Sister Mischief by Laura Goode. Esme (AKA MC Ferocious) lives in a conservative, white, religious suburb, but that doesn't stop her from laying down some righteous beats with her all-girl crew. But when she starts to fall for her co-MC, Rowie, it threatens everything.

Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence edited by Marion Dane Bauer. Almost 20 years old, this anthology is still a wonderful must-read, even if the context is slightly different today.

We tried to mostly look at books that deal with coming out. For more LGBTQ titles, look at our lists for SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA, Pride Month, and Day of Silence. What titles would you add?

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