There were a ton of books at ALA that caught my eye. One in particular was a book titled Queer. Looking at the cover below you can see why. Of course I flipped through it, and discovered that it's a serious book with a humorous twist:
I think it's fabulous that this kind of guide is out there for teens and young adults who may be feeling alone or insecure about their sexuality. Even with the creation of itgetsbetter.org, a lot of kids are still struggling with acceptance - both self acceptance and peer acceptance, and this book looks like it could be a wonderful resource.
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
~Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke (Authors)
Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Zest Books
Publish Date: June 1, 2011
Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), it’s even harder. When do you decide to come out? To whom? Will your friends accept you? And how on earth do you meet people to date?
Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.
Queer also includes personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history. It’s a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer—or knows someone who is.