Tuesday, November 2, 2010
10 LGBT Teen Novels That Address Bullying and Suicide
Atlanta based writer Collin Kelley compiled a list of 10 LGBTQ teen novels that involve bullying and suicide, and has posted them on Autostraddle. One thing I love about Autostraddle is that they make it a point to not be obnoxiously Eurocentric. Kuddos to them! Here are some of the books they suggest:
Down to the Bone
by Mayra Lazara Dole
A Cuban-American girl in a Catholic school is expelled and abandoned by her mother after they discover she is a lesbian.
A Scout is Brave
by Greg Novak
A Native American is bullied at a Boy Scout summer camp as he faces his own sexuality and the traditions of his family.
by Shawn Stewart Ruff
A book for older teens and adults, this story of a young Black American teen and his Jewish boyfriend in 1969 is sexually frank and shows that bigotry and bullying roots are deep.
Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws
by Kate Bornstein
The celebrated transgender writer offers up suggestions from the witty to the controversial, but all with one simple message: “Don’t be mean.”
The National Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Suicide Hotline: