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  • It's our prom (so deal with it) : a novel
    It's our prom (so deal with it) : a novel
    by Julie Anne Peters.
    Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.
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  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
    Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
    Benjamin Alire Saenz.
    Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
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  • Beautiful music for ugly children
    Beautiful music for ugly children
    Kirstin Cronn-Mills.
    "Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school"-- Provided by publisher.
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  • The difference between you and me
    The difference between you and me
    by Madeleine George.
    School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.
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  • Drama
    Drama
    Raina Telgemeier
    Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.
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  • Adaptation
    Adaptation
    Malinda Lo.
    In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.
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  • I am J
    I am J
    by Cris Beam.
    J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.
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  • Boyfriends with girlfriends
    Boyfriends with girlfriends
    Alex Sanchez.
    When Lance begins to date Sergio, who's bisexual, he's not sure that it'll work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio's lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.
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  • Happy families
    Happy families
    by Tanita S. Davis.
    In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father's decision to dress as a woman.
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  • Wildthorn
    Wildthorn
    by Jane Eagland.
    Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove is locked away in the Wildthorn Hall mental institution, where she is stripped of her identity and left to wonder who has tried to destroy her life.
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  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    John Green & David Levithan.
    When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
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  • Ash
    Ash
    Malinda Lo.
    In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.
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  • A really nice prom mess
    A really nice prom mess
    Brian Sloan.
    Gay high school senior Cameron Hayes endures a disastrous prom night when forced to take a girl as his date, and after fleeing the dance in disguise, he finds himself involved in a surprising on-stage performance, a high-speed police chase, and unexpected revelations.
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  • The Bermudez Triangle
    The Bermudez Triangle
    by Maureen Johnson.
    The friendship of three high school girls and their relationships with their friends and families are tested when two of them fall in love with each other.
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  • Boy meets boy
  • Am I blue? : coming out from the silence
    Am I blue? : coming out from the silence
    edited by Marion Dane Bauer.
    A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.
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Websites

The Trevor Project
24/7 crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone, call 1-866-488-7386.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Support and community right here in Cleveland
It Gets Better
Videos from people who have been there reminding GLBTQ youth that things get easier. Please don't give up.