Literature for the LGBT community:
Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky, is a novel about an in-the-closet trans boy trying to find his own identity without the support of his family. He finds support in a teacher, new friends, and a school play. This novel is a captivating, and slightly infuriating read. Grayson is a character to which trans people, particularly teenagers, can relate. It’s also educational to the friends and family of a trans person, and teaches them that every ounce of support for their friends and loved ones is needed, and appreciated. Even things that don’t seem like a big deal to some people, like pronouns, can make a huge difference to a person going through a transition like this. I would recommend this book with fervor, because it’s an educational and emotional read for anyone, and can help people better understand this kind of transition.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, is an emotionally charged novel about two boys, both named Will Grayson, who both love the same boy in two very different ways. Tiny Cooper is an incredibly large and incredibly gay football player, and Will Grayson has been his best friend since fifth grade. Tiny falls in love with a new boy about once a week, and swears to god that this boy is the one, that is until Will Grayson meets Will Grayson in an “adult” store after a concert. This book is an emotional read that will keep the pages turning. I would highly recommend this book to any young adult group.
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