Gravel Queen - Tea Benduhn
All Aurin wants to do the summer before her senior year in high school is hang out with her friends Kenney and Fred, but when she falls in love with Neila, everything changes.
Will - Maria Boyd
High school jock and all-around popular guy Will Armstrong moons a bus full of girls and is assigned community service which includes joining the school band and helping out with the musical. While serving his time, he is befriended by a gay boy and is forced to reconsider his own stereotypical views of what it means to be a man.
Closets are for Clothes; a history of queer Australia - Rachael Cook
Some of the very first white Australians were gay and lesbian: they arrived on convict ships as free settlers and have a colourful and intriguing history. At times shunned from society, they fought long and hard to be seen as equals. From mollies to queers, gays and lesbians have contributed to Australian history in a most unique way.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan
Will Grayson's best friend since fifth grade, nicknamed Tiny Cooper, is bigger than life in terms of his physical stature and his personality—the "world's largest person who is really, really gay." Tiny, while seeking the boy of his dreams, has been through the trauma of myriad short-lived romantic relationships and Will has supported him each time his heart is broken. Now, Tiny decides it's Will's turn.
About a Girl - Joanne Horniman
A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings and explores the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.
Absolutely Positively Not - David La Rochelle
Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Hanging Out with the Guys," and "Begin Intensive Dating." But are Steven's tactics going to straighten him out, or leave him all twisted up?Absolutely hilarious. Positively sidesplitting. But absolutely, positively NOT GAY!
Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud.
Gravity - Leanne Lieberman
Ellie Gold is an orthodox Jewish teenager living in Toronto in the late eighties. Ellie has no doubts about her strict religious upbringing until she falls in love with another girl at her grandmother's cottage. Aware that homosexuality clashes with Jewish observance, Ellie feels forced to either alter her sexuality or leave her community.
The straight road to Kylie - Nico Medina
He's seventeen, out and proud, and ready to party through senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan -- in an inebriated lapse of judgment -- sleeps with a friend of his...a girl friend!
When word gets around that hot-but-previously-unavailable Jonathan might be on the market, the school's It girl approaches him with a proposal: pretend to be her boyfriend, and achieve popularity like he's never known. But popularity isn't what Jonathan wants. And suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan's only way to get what he's after -- a trip to see Kylie Minogue.
Love You Two - Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
This Lambda Gay Literary Awards winner in the Bisexual Fiction category is a young adults' novel which explores themes of homosexual and bisexual relationships, as well as examining the challenges of multiracial relationships and the pressures put on families by more traditional generations.
Rainbow Boys - Alex Sanchez
Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.
Centre of My World - Andreas Steinhofel
Seventeen-year-old Phil has felt like an outsider as long as he can remember. All Phil has ever known about his father is that he was Number Three on his mother’s long list—third in a series of affairs that have set Phil’s family even further apart from the critical townspeople across the river. As for his own sexuality, Phil doesn’t care what the neighbors will think; he’s just waiting for the right guy to come along.
The Blue Lawn - William Taylor
The Blue Lawn is a powerful novel about relationships, the story of a strong physical attraction between two young men. David is fifteen and a talented small-town rugby player. He is the attractive, popular only son of loving parents. Theo is sixteen and an outsider. He is new to the town,
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living - Dan Savage (Editor), Terry Miller (Editor)
It Gets Better is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Better reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better.
This is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help
Then search ‘Rainbow express social support groups’ to find an extensive list of different support agencies and groups in Victoria. Note ‘Casey-Cardinia Youth Group’ a safe and supportive group for same sex attracted young people aged 14-18.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Minus18 is Australia's largest support network for Gay and Lesbian Teenagers all over Australia. Our team of 40 teenagers run Melbourne based underage dance parties, workshops and social events for other young people all throughout Victoria.
Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.