Making Young Adult Literature with GLBT Content Accessible to Teens

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2008

Project Description/Abstract

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual teens often experience a sense of isolation as they struggle to find peers and role models like themselves. Young adult literature, typically written for 10 to 17 year olds, offers teens a chance to identify with characters who face issues similar to their own. The book characters present strategies and solutions for coping with real-life problems. The number of books with GLBT content is slowly increasing, but it is difficult for teens to find these books. Self-conscious teens are reluctant to go to a separate section of the library or bookstore for GLBT books and uncomfortable asking for help finding books mixed in with the general collection. The goal of my project is, first, to develop a contemporary booklist geared toward young adult readers, and, second, to provide a corresponding annotated bibliography for teachers, school and public librarians, and other adults working with teens.

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