It seems that once the television industry "accepts" a difference in human beings, then the rest of the United States follows shortly thereafter. The wildly successful program, Glee [DVD GLE], has a gay character, Kurt. Being a gay teen is now "socially acceptable" in the media, and, by extension, the viewing audience comes to the realization that differences are normal. Publishers, too, realize that there's money to be made, and so, they're willing to take chances publishing books on topics that were once "iffy."
In the past week there have been at least two mainstream media reports on the topic of gays in books for young adults. One was found in the Christian Science Monitor, and the other on the CBS News website.
Some of the books mentioned in these two articles include:
Cast, P.C. "The House of Night" series. [YA CAS]
Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. [YA GAR]
Green, John. Will Grayson, Will Grayson. [YA GRE]
Wilson, Martin. What They Always Tell Us. [YA WIL]
If you're looking for more books with gay characters, check our catalog under the subject, "Homosexuality -- Fiction," or visit these pages by authors who write about, and for, teens: Great Books for Gay Teens put together by Alex Sanchez, or A Printable and Downloadable Gay (GLBTQ) Teen Booklist! by Lee Wind. Also check out the blog Dreaming in Books, to get a teen's perspective on gay (and other) themed books.