While the following texts represent several rings of culture authentically, they illuminate the themes, issues, situations and identities related to authentic LGBQ culture particularly well.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Courtney “Coop” Cooper and Jupiter “Jupe” Charity-Sanchez have lived next door to one another and been best friends since they were little. They have an unbreakable bond, that for Coop has evolved into feelings deeper than friendship. Jupe however only has eyes for girls. The arrival of new girl Rae Chin, has both Coop and Jupe crushing. The trio becomes friends, and all three begin to try to navigate feelings, answer questions about those feelings and discover who they are and how they will love. This story has three sides, and Jupe, Coop and Rae each share theirs as they get honest with themselves and each other.
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. Goodreads