YA Lit Symposium: Authentic Portrayals of Trans* Youth and GenreQueer: Smashing the Closet

Diversity was part of the conversation during many of the panels and sessions at the 2014 YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium. Here at The Hub, coverage of these discussions continues with an overview of two panels that focused on the representation of LGBTQ experiences in young adult literature.

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Authentic Portrayals of Trans* Youth

Arin Andrews, Katie Kill, Jillian McCoy, Talya Sokoll, and Kyle Lukoff Photo courtesy of Talya Sokoll
Arin Andrews, Katie Kill, Jillian McCoy, Talya Sokoll, and Kyle Lukoff (Photo courtesy of Talya Sokoll)

This session was moderated by Talya Sokoll, a librarian with experience writing about trans* representation in YA literature, with librarians Jillian McCoy and Kyle Lukoff participating in the discussion as well as trans* authors Katie Hill and Arin Andrews whose memoirs Some Assembly Required and Rethinking Normal were published this year.

The presenters compiled a helpful resource packet that includes a list of suggested titles, discussion of terminology, and links to resources by state.

In addition, these were my key takeaways from the session:

The trans* community exists on a spectrum; there are as many stories as there are people. No one story or memoir is going to speak for the experiences of all transgender individuals. Katie and Arin were quick to acknowledge that they were only seeking to share their own stories. Continue reading YA Lit Symposium: Authentic Portrayals of Trans* Youth and GenreQueer: Smashing the Closet

New and Forthcoming LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction

This summer, The Hub did a round up of Speculative LGBTQ fiction and highlighted other notable LGBTQ young adult novels. If you’ve worked your way through those lists and are looking for more LGBTQ fiction, you’re in luck! This post is highlighting teen fiction that features lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise non-heterosexual identifying characters and themes that are coming out in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015.

In some of these novels, the sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to the plot, and in others, it’s just another characteristic of the protagonist. There’s a great mix of genres and styles so that any reader can find a book they’ll enjoy. With titles from debut authors as well as those firmly established in the YA world, it’s great to see such an eclectic assortment of titles.

New LGBTQ YA Fiction FallWinter 2014-2015 Continue reading New and Forthcoming LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction