Can Queer Authors Write Straight Characters?

5 Writers Set the Record Straight Last year, St. Martin’s Press published Spin, the first novel by Robert Rave. The book’s main character, Taylor Green, works in publicity just like Rave did, but unlike Rave, Green isn’t gay. This makes Rave an anomaly in a publishing world where “hot new gay author” usually translates into… read more

10 LGBT Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying

In September, the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was a tragic close to a shocking month of gay teens taking their own lives. Clementi’s dormmate secretly recorded the teen having sex with another man, sent out messages on Twitter and broadcast it across the Internet. Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge…. read more

Journey Down the Rainbow

When I was first asked to write about GLBT topics in Young Adult fiction for Lambda, I was thrilled.  I love YA fiction, and books with queer themes or characters have always appealed to me.  I’d been an editor with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for over 3 years, and being currently unemployed, this… read more

Alex Sanchez for La Bloga

Andrew J. Peters interviews author and Lambda Literary contributor Alex Sanchez for La Bloga — the premiere Latino Lit blog. Sanchez answers questions about ethnicity, sexuality, gender, teen agnst, and his upcoming bi book. Lambda even gets a shout out! Yay! Here’s Sanchez answer about gender conforming characters:… read more

‘Finlater’ by Shawn Stewart Ruff

Lambda Literary Award Winner A coming-of-age story and tale of first love set in early 1970s Cincinnati, Shawn Stewart Ruff’s beautiful, LLA-winning debut novel Finlater (Quote Editions) is narrated by 13-year-old African-American Cliffy Douglas. Living in the Findlater Gardens housing project with his mother and two brothers, the novel opens with the return of his… read more

10 Outstanding LGBT Teen Reads
(from the last 10 years)

When I wrote my first novel, Rainbow Boys, I was writing the book I wished had been available when I was a teen—a book that would’ve told me: “It’s okay to be who you are.” I never imagined that with its 2001 my book would set off an ever-growing parade of LGBT-themed books for and… read more

What do LGBTQ Teens Want? [UPDATE]

From author Malinda Lo, to publisher Arthur A. Levine, to librarian Arla Jones, eight Young Adult Lit experts give us 8 trends to look for in LGBTQ Teen Fiction. The results show a slight evolution in the way American teens are reading from how they consume their texts (download anyone?) to Vampire fatigue (shh, don’t tell… read more