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Out of the Closet and Outcasts

The Outfiction booklist is a collection of fiction and non-fiction titles that could empower readers to embrace with equality and mutual respect the differences in people.


I am J
I am J

17 year old J runs away after his friends and family cannot accept that he wants to transition to being male. J enrolls in a school for LGBT youth and learns that testosterone can help his permanent transition, but only after a 3 month waiting period.


Brooklyn, Burning
Brooklyn, Burning

Brooklyn, Burning is about making an different kind of family after the one you were born into does not want you anymore. For Kid, family means finding someone who will let you crash in their basement and play their drums but most of all finding someone who will listen to you. Creating family where one was not before allows you to let in all the right things and keep out the things that do not seem true. For Kid the things that make family true are music, and honesty and love.


Fat Angie
Fat Angie

Angie has been constantly bullied at school, and her only comfort is food. Even an attempted suicide does not stop the mean girls from picking on her about her weight. Angie is not sure how much more she can take, until everything changes when the new girl, KC Romance, moves to town.


Skinny
Skinny

Ever is a 15 year old girl. She weighs 302 lbs. Her terminal mother just passed away, and she is tormented by Skinny, the voice in her head, who is sure to bring every flaw to her attention. Ever just wants it to be over, and silencing Skinny will be a difficult task.


Beautiful music for Ugly Children
Beautiful music for Ugly Children

Gabe just has to survive a few more weeks of high school before he can live as himself. But he has to do so as Elizabeth Williams, the name he was given at birth, because Gabe is trans. His family doesn't support his transition yet, and his friends don't know. Gabe DJs a radio show, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, as himself, and his growing fan base fills the supportive role he wishes his family would. But when a fan recognizes Gabe as Liz, his secret is out--and his safety is in danger.


Period 8
Period 8

In Period 8, a class time devoted to telling the truth, working through the hard stuff, and figuring life out, Paulie and his classmates can share anything. When a student goes missing and Paulie starts to take a longer look at the students in the desks around him, he realizes that not everyone is putting the truth out there. And instead of struggling with inner demons, Paulie is soon fighting a very real physical threat.


Let's Get This Straight : the Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ parents
Let's Get This Straight : the Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ parents

Let's Get This Straight reaches out to young people with one or more gay, lesbian, bi, or trans parents to provide them with the tools to combat homophobia, take pride in their alternative family structures, and speak out against injustice.


The Difference Between You and Me
The Difference Between You and Me

Sophomore lesbian and weirdo activist Jesse has been meeting student council VP and football star dating Emily in the bathroom of the public library for a secret hour of serious heavy petting every Tuesday. Then Esther enters the scene and is everything Jesse really wants in a girl, and she doesn't keep secrets.


The Alliance
The Alliance

Someone is targeting the LBGT students at Southside High. Jamie already killed himself because of bullying and peer pressure and now Carmen has found a note in her locker declaring her the next target. Carmen is not one to back down from a fight and she attempts to enlist Jaimes best, and straight, friend to help her put an end to homophobia in their school.


Openly Straight
Openly Straight

High school junior Rafe Goldberg has been out since he was 14, and he is sick of being known as the gay kid. While he is supported at home and school, what he really wants is to start over and live an anonymous, label-free life. So he enrolls in an all boys boarding school and steps back into the closet. Follow Rafes journey in this coming of age story about coming out again.


Beyond magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out
Beyond magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta traces the lives of 6 Transgender and Gender Neutral Teens. Each story brings with it a new definition of struggle, of identity and of harmony. These stories aren't what you may expect, they are not neat and tidy and they do not all have happy endings, but in real life things are often more complicated. The thing these stories do have in common is honesty.


Two Boys Kissing
Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing is an emotional novel narrated by an older generation of gay men who have passed away from AIDS. The two boys kissing are Harry and Craig, a former couple, that are attempting to break the World Record for longest kiss. Unbeknownst to them, they become a beacon of hope for other gay teens who are contemplating gender identity, coming out to family and friends, looking for love and navigating romantic relationships.


Pushing the Limits
Pushing the Limits

One night, one miserable night, that is all it took for Echo Emerson to go from popular high school girl with a jock boyfriend, to a girl gossiped about with strange scars on her arms.


Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Piddy Sanchez is new at Daniel Jones High and is interested in keeping her grades up while working her weekend job at a hair salon. So it is news to her when one day she finds out that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass because Piddy does not even know Yaqui! Piddy does her best to keep her head down and stay unnoticed but eventually she has to confront Yaqui after she finds out who she is.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

When Aristotle and Dante meet at the pool, they have little in common but their loner status and Latino heritage. Ari is shy, angry, and adrift since his brother went to prison. Dante is brave, poetic, and openly gay. Their friendship changes both their lives, and their story will change yours.


Zero Fade
Zero Fade

Follow Kevin as he figures out how to navigate bullies, ladies, and his own surprising family.


The letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves
The letter Q : Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

A moving collection of letters to their childhood/adolescent selves written by gay, lesbian and bi-sexual authors and illustrators. Includes content by Brian Selznik, Jacqueline Woodson and David Levithan.


OCD, the Dude, and Me
OCD, the Dude, and Me

Danielle Levine stands out even at her alternative high school in appearance and attitude. But when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arms length.