Monday, December 06, 2010

10 LGBT Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying

"In September, the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was a tragic close to a shocking month of gay teens taking their own lives. Clementi’s dormmate secretly recorded the teen having sex with another man, sent out messages on Twitter and broadcast it across the Internet. Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge.
Photo Courtesy Lambda Literary

Clementi’s death also brought attention to three other teen suicides–Seth Walsh, Asher Brown and Billy Luca–that occurred in September; all had been bullied over their sexuality. We’ll never know exactly how many LGBT teens have taken their lives because of physical or cyber bullying.

So although the media glare has revealed that bullying is an epidemic, LGBT novelists have long tackled this issue in the pages of their books...

...Here are 10 books for teens and adults that confront bullying and suicide in frank language and tone, not to mention providing hope that “it gets better.”
by Collin Kelley on October 28, 2010

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