Academic journal article English Journal

LGBTQ Stories We Need to Hear Now

Academic journal article English Journal

LGBTQ Stories We Need to Hear Now

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Young adult literature featuring LGBTQ characters has progressed over the past decades (Renzi, Letcher, and Miraglia). There is a history of portraying LGBTQ characters in young adult literature as victims-being beaten or dying, as in The Drowning of Stephan Jones (Greene); or being thrown out of their homes by unaccepting parents, as in Keeping You a Secret (Peters). The publication of Luna (Peters), Boy Meets Boy (Levithan), and Boyfriends with Girlfriends (Sanchez) indicated a changing literary perspective, wherein LGBTQ youth appear in roles of strong characters who not only survive but also thrive in their self-acceptance. Recently, with the publication of novels such as A. S. King's Ask the Passengers and Steve Brezenoff's Brooklyn Burning, young adult literature is moving beyond the perception that sexuality and gender are the "problem" in the novel, and instead portraying LGBTQ characters as adolescents facing traditional problems rather than being identified as "different. …

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