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Young Adult LGBT Books

“My son is an avid reader and sometimes reads several books a week. After he came out to me, I felt that it was important for him to read books that are inclusive and that include characters who are like him. These books have meant a lot to my son. He loves to talk to me about the books and how he connects to the characters and stories (or sometimes not at all!). His Dad and I will sometimes read the books, too, and we have even passed them on to others. Reading these books has given my son more confidence. I hope you enjoy these books as much as our family has.”

Ages 9 and Up

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

The Misfits series – James Howe

Totally Joe-James Howe

Ages 10 and Up

Drama – Raina Telgemeier

Five, Six, Seven, Nate – Tim Federle

Husky-Justin Sayre

Marco Impossible-Hannah Moskowitz

So Hard to Say – Alex Sanchez

Ages 12 and Up

Absolutely, Positively Not – David LaRochelle

Anything Could Happen – Will Walton

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Bait – Alex Sanchez

Boy Meets Boy-David Levithan

Draw the Line-Laurent Linn

Gemini Bites – P.E. Ryan

One Man Guy – Michael Barakiva

Promposal – Rhonda Helms

The Rise and Fall of A Theater Geek-Seth Rudetsky

Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

Ages 13 and Up

Boyfriends with Girlfriends – Alex Sanchez

Breaking Saint Jude-Nikki Godwin

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Fan Art– Sarah Tregay

Saints of Augustine – P.E. Ryan

True Letters From a Fictional Life-Kenneth Logan

Ages 14 and Up

The Before Now and After Then-Peter Monn

Coins in the Coffee Cup-Ambriehl Khalil

Every Inferno-Johanna Parkhurst

Falling From the Sky-Nikki Godwin

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley-Shaun David Hutchinson

The Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

The God Box-Alex Sanchez

The Great American Whatever-Tim Federle

Highly Illogical Behavior – John Corey Whaley

Hold Me Closer – David Levithan

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

Jerkbait-Mia Siegert

More Happy Than Not-Adam Silvera

Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg

Out of the Pocket-Bill Konigsberg

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd

We Are the Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson

What They Always Tell Us – Martin Wilson

Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked – S.J. Goslee

Will Grayson Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

You and Me and Him – Kris Dinnison

 

Transgender

Ages 8 and Up

George – Alex Gino

Ages 10 and Up

Gracefully Grayson – Ami Polonsky

Lily and Dunkin – Donna Gephart

Ages 10 and Up

The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

Luna – Julie Ann Peterson

 

Science Fiction

Ages 12 and Up

The Culling-Steven Dos Santos

Guardian – Alex London

Proxy – Alex London

The Raising-Steven Dos Santos

The Sowing-Steven Dos Santos

Ages 13 and Up

Dagger – Steven Dos Santos

Ages 14 and Up

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

More Happy Than Not-Adam Silvera

Noggin – John Corey Whaley

Willful Machines – Tim Floreen

Fantasy

Ages 12 and Up

The Half Bad Trilogy – Sally Green

Ages 13 and Up

Seven Tears At High Tide-C.B. Lee

Ages 14 and Up

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

Hero-Perry Moore

The Red Sun Rises – Victoria Kinnaird

Wonders of the Invisible World – Christopher Barzak

 

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National Coming Out Day, October 11

Two seniors in high school, both very smart, both active in school activities, both headed to college, both come out.   One family is accepting.  One family put their child’s belonging on the porch and has not had contact with their child for years.

National Coming Out Day is full of excitement for many because they want to live their lives openly.  Coming out is your story and you get to decide when to share it and who to share it with.

It is important that you have support so that you can come out safely.  It is especially important to our youth.  Youth must make sure that they have a trusted adult available to help if a change in living arrangements is necessary.  Find your support!

Lisa W.

PFLAG Kansas City Chapter President

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MONA Passes Out of Senate Committee!

The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) is making strides in the Missouri Legislature. MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex, and national origin.

The Progress & Development Committee, led by Senator Joseph Keaveny, voted to pass MONA, SB 653, out of the committee February 3rd. This is a step in the long process of completely passing MONA. Previously in 2013, the Senate has voted once in favor of passing the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act out of the full Senate Chamber.

We are thrilled that the Progress & Development Committee have helped MONA move forward in the Senate. Without MONA, thousands of Missourians are at risk of losing their jobs and not being able to provide for their families simply because they are gay or transgender. We thank the committee members for their vote and their support.

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The Time Is Now For LGBT Community To Enroll In Healthcare

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Don’t get stuck without health care in 2016. If you get sick, you’ll be on the hook for your medical bills AND may have to pay the penalty, which is up to $695 or 2.5% of your income (whichever is higher)! Plus, financial help is available.

It doesn’t have to be hard to enroll in health insurance. Make an appointment to hook up with an LGBT-friendly assister in your area at www.out2enroll.org/enrollment-help or enroll now at https://out2enroll.healthsherpa.com

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Crowd Supports Trans Teen at Rally Against Hate Group

The hate group, which we all know, will not be named. They don’t deserve public recognition for their deeds. Lets just say they are a family who claims to be a church, and they reside across the street from the Equality House in Topeka.

They came to Kansas City October 1st to protest transgender homecoming queen, Landon Patterson, at her school. But classmates and alumni of Oak Park High, and members of the community at large, weren’t going to let the protest happen without fighting back. They arranged their own rally in support of Landon to take place at the same time.

The police presence was large, but supporters were determined not to physically confront the protesters. Instead, a crowd of 400-500 people gathered at a park next to the school and organized a parade of support that marched from the park, past the school and down to the corner where the “crowd” of six protestors were gathered. With t-shirts saying “I stand with Landon,” signs, banners, and chants of “Long live the queen,” supporters crossed the street to surround the protestors. In less than five minutes, the protestors decided to walk back to their one van and drive away. The protest which was scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes lasted only 40 minutes.

The crowd of supporters was made up of Landon’s friends and classmates, parents of friend, alumni supporting the school’s policy of inclusion, and members and allies of the LGBT community.

Watch some of the local news coverage here.

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