Queer characters and stories are underrepresented in YA fiction. Though many YA novels featuring LGBTQ characters and themes are award-winning, there are not enough being published, which makes it all the more important to recognize those books that are actually hitting shelves.
I’ve always been interested in yound adult literature with LGBTQ themes or characters. Here’s a look at the 2014 releases in YA that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer characters that I’ve been able to find so far.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kiklan
This is nonfiction—interviews and portraits of six transgender or gender-neutral teens, due out in February.
Shadowplay by Laura Lam
This is the follow up to last year’s Pantomine, available now.
Changers, Book One: Drew by T. Cooper and Allison Glock
This is a paranormal book in which certain members of the population change genders each year. It got a good…
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