This award-winning novel is already quintessential YA reading, and it's paved the way for a lot of other queer narratives to take center stage on bookshelves everywhere. Last Herald-Mage 1 by Mercedes Lackey 4. Asexual Transgender and transsexual Non-binary Pansexual Intersex. Ken Smith Goodreads Author. Exiled to Iowa. And luckily, the YA genre has taken major strides toward being more inclusive, and there are dozens of popular books starring queer characters or penned by queer authors.
Gay young adult fiction serves more than just gay teenagers, it offers gay literature to straight adolescents as well.
Printz Award. To date there are still relatively few titles that fit within this genre, but nonetheless, the books that have been written and published constitute a necessary and unique collection of ideas. Where You Are by J. Mia Kerick Goodreads Author.
Furthermore, as homosexuality becomes more and more acceptable to society at large, or at least more visible, all teenagers are going to know others who are lesbian or gay, whether it is family members, teachers, friends or neighbors.