It Gets Better Project

I hope you are all aware of the horrific deaths of 9 young men in the month of September due to bullying regarding their sexual orientation. Nine young people who did not have the support of their communities to make them feel safe and loved for who they are, without regard for their sexual preference. There is a project on YouTube called It Gets Better begun by advice columnist Dan Savage. This project involves videos made by members of the LGBTQ community telling young people that the junior high and high school years will be over soon and they have rest of their lives to live free of bullies. Their lives will get better.
If you know a young person who is having trouble with bullying due to their sexuality or who needs support going through sexual identity issues, refer them to Positive Images, a Sonoma County nonprofit that for 20+ years has been home to LGBTQ youth and their families.
Thank you to Rachel, Library Associate @ Healdsburg and Central, for the information in this post.

Book Spotlight: David Inside Out

david.jpg David Inside Out by Lee Bantle
Review by Tiffany, Young Adult Librarian, Rincon Valley
David, a member of his local high school cross-country team, is having an internal struggle.  His friend, Kick, a girl, seems to have a crush on him, but he isn’t interested.  At the same time, he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean.  He thinks his feelings for Sean are wrong and tries to push them down.  This book is about discovering yourself and accepting who you are.  Lee Bantle, the author, wrote this book based on his own experiences as a teen.

This is a quick read for a mature high school student.

GLBTQ Reading List

Looking for a different kind of romance?  Love comes in all forms.  Check out one of these books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer young people.  If you see a (*)  the author has written other books about gay teens.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn*
Down to the Bone by Mayra Dole
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden*
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger*
Totally Joe by James Howe*
Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr*
My Most Excellent Year:  a novel of love, Marry Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger*
Absolutely, Positively Not by David Larochelle
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Hero by Perry Moore
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle*
Luna by Julie Anne Peters*
Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan*
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez*
The Hookup Artist by Tucker Shaw
Freak Show by James St. James
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger*