So, I decided to put together the Canadian equivalent.
Full annotations would be nice at some point, but until then, a lot of the titles are links from CM: Canadian Review of Materials, from the U of Manitoba because the reviews there are fairly extensive and often include short excerpts from the books. At this point, the division between the significant GLBT content and secondary characters and themes is pretty arbitrary.
I’ve tracked down most of the titles using google, keyword searches on CM (which is more difficult than you’d think, given the proliferation of articles featuring noted children’s illustrator Marie Louise Gay), The Last Taboo: Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Law in Canadian Libraries presented at CLA 2006 by Dr Alvin Schrader from the U of Alberta, and the index of books in The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004 by Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins.
Additions and corrections gladly welcomed!
(Updated July 2009 w/ Out, Will’s Garden, Inferno, Evil?, Girl from Mars, The Uninvited and Skim)
(Updated May 2008 w/ Big Boy and Big Big Sky.)
(Updated Nov. 2007 w/ Another kind of Cowboy and Out of Order)
Canadian GLBT YA novels with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered themes, or primary characters
No Signature by William Bell, 1992.
Bottom Drawer by David Boyd, 1996.
S.P. Likes A.D. by Catherine Brett, 1989.
The Hemingway Tradition by Kristin Butcher, 2002.
Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion, 2008.
Mosh Pit by Kristyn Dunnion, 2004.
In the Garage by Alma Fullerton, 2006.
Hello Groin by Beth Goobie, 2006.
Stitches by Glen Huser, 2003.
Touch of the Clown by Glen Huser, 1999.
Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby, 2007.
Gravity by Leanne Lieberman, 2008.
Crush by Carrie Mac, 2006
Degrassi Junior High: Snake by Susin Nielsen, 1991 (2006 reprint).
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai, 2005.
Big Guy by Robin Stevenson, 2008.
Bad Boy by Diana Wieler, 1989.
Truth and Lies by Tamara Williams, 2002.
Box Girl by Sarah Withrow, 2001.
Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia, a project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto, 2004
Short Story Collections, with at least one story with significant GLBT characters or themes
“Toxic Love” in Toxic Love by Linda Holeman, 2003.
“Queen of Spades” in Take the Stairs by Karen Krossing, 2004.
“Between Mars and Venus,” “Waiting for Brian,” “Micheline and Renee,” and “Ferris Wheel” in 101 Ways to Dance by Kathy Stinson, 2006.
“Father by Mail” in Friendships by Budge Wilson, 2006.
GLBT characters in a significant secondary role
Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks, 2007.
Out by Sandra Diersch, 2009.
Boy O’Boy by Brian Doyle, 2003.
The Beckoners by Carrie Mac, 2004.
Out of Order by Robin Stevenson, 2007.
The Game by Teresa Toten, 2001.
What Gloria Wants by Sarah Withrow, 2006.
GLBT minor characters and plot points
Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen by Glen Huser, 2006 (the title characters stay with a gay couple while in Seattle)
Telling by Carol Matas, 1998 (I have not read this one, and I know something somewhere must have indicated that I should add it to the list, but now I can’t find the reference.)
Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson (One of the main character’s friends has two moms)
Want more? YA fantasy author Justine Larbalestier has a list of Australian GLBT YA books, and there are some great lists of mostly US books like the one from author Alex Sanchez, the Multnomah County Library, and part of ALA’s Young Adult Library Association 2006 Popular Paperbacks, and this GLBTQ booklist from Horn Book is a great resource, too.
Also! Blogs! There’s I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I read?: the place to find out about Young Adult fiction books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning characters and themes. …and other cool stuff from Lee Wind, Teen Action Fantasy author, and Worth the Trip, queer books for kids and teens.