Serving GLBTQ Youth in Public Libraries

The following is a short list of resources I collated for a presentation I gave at the inaugural Librarians for Young Adults (un)conference at City Library, Melbourne, on Friday 11/11/11. The geographical bias of this list leans heavily towards Melbourne/Victoria; I am more than happy to make this list more inclusive of other states of Australia.

I intend to update this list periodically with resources as they become available; if there’s something you think should be on this list, please drop me an email: alouiserhodes [at] gmail dot com.

Collection development

Hares and Hyenas
Melbourne-based GLBTQ bookshop, experts in literature and non-fiction. They are also able to provide up-to-date lists of books and DVDs of relevance to GLBTQ youth.

The Closet Club: Gay Fiction for Teens
A ‘living’ book list of fiction titles about GLBTQ young adults.

Lambda Literary
Book reviews, GLBTQ literary resources, and annual awards.

Great Books for Gay Teens
A list of GLBTQ YA fiction compiled by YA author Alex Sanchez.

The Rainbow Project
Annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content aimed at children and teenagers.

Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens
Has a list of YA fiction that deals with sexual orientation and gender identity.

QueerYA Blog
Review blog for fiction of interest to GLBTQ young adults.

Oz GLBT YA Books
List (from 2007) of Australian GLBTQ YA book titles, many of which are unfortunately out of print.


Providing Library Services:

YALSA: Serving Diverse Teens @ Your Library
Resources for YA librarians and GLBTQ youth.

Catalogue This!: LGBTQ Resources for Libraries
Resources curated by Suzie Day, founder of the @aliaLGBTQ elist.


A “Queer” Manifesto of Interventions for Libraries to “Come Out” of the Closet!
A Study of “Queer” Youth Experiences during the Coming Out Process

A paper by Bharat Mehra and Donna Braquet with practical suggestions for creating “queer-friendly” library spaces.

Community Organisations:

Minus18
Support and events for and run by GLBTQ teenagers in Melbourne.

ALSO Foundation
Victoria’s peak body for GLBTQ advocacy, support and events.

Zoe Belle Gender Centre
Currently being established, the ZBGC aims to provide an information and support network to transgender people living in Victoria.

WA Gender Project
Information, education and advocacy for transgender people in WA; has a great resource section for allies.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (US)
Organisation for students, teachers and parents that aims to fight homophobia in schools.

The It Gets Better Project (US)
An international project providing emotional support to bullied GLBTQ youth. Official Australian counterpart is on Twitter at @GetsBetterAU.