Emily O'Beirne

The Post-Coming out YA Story

I wrote a guest post for the fabulous Gay YA website, discussing the importance of stories that deal with issues and themes beyond the process of coming out in LGBTQ young adult fiction.

“Does every single LGBTQ young adult book have to be a coming out story?

This is a sighed-out question we hear a lot these days. And while I do think that we need to pause and take some small pleasure in the fact that we’ve reached a cultural point where we can complain about the ubiquity of any kind of LGBTQ story, there’s definitely a glut of coming out narratives dominating this corner of the world. But let’s not kid ourselves, either. We’d be misguided to think that coming out stories are not still a vital part of telling stories about LGBTQ teen lives. Because this is the time when questions of sexuality and love and identity become questions of the self, and coming out narratives give teens who are going through the experience some perspective and comfort in knowing they are not doing this alone—even if it feels like it sometimes.”

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Read my Top 10 Favourite LGBTQ YA books

Read: “Those Awkward Straight Girl Crushes“. The bane of every teen lesbian’s existence. 


Emily O’Beirne is a writer of LGBT young adult fiction.


Here’s the Thing came out on October 19.

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3D-BookCover-transparent_PointsOfDeparturePoints of Departure has been featured in Curve and LOTLmagazines, and can be purchased on Amazon.

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The  A Story of Now Series is available for purchase in hard copy of eBook at Ylva Publishing, or on Amazon.


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Twitter: @emilyobwrites

My Top 10 LGBT Young Adult Books

I was asked for a recent guest post to list my personal top ten books of all time. But honestly, the thought of having to conjure and then commit to a list of my ten all-time favourites is positively panic-inducing.

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Those Awkward Straight Girl Crushes

That awkward straight-friend crush. Haven’t all teen lesbians lived that particular hell?

My upcoming novel, Here’s the Thing is about sixteen-year-old Zel, who returns to Australia after nearly a year in New York. And when she moves she’s forced to leave her best friend, Prim, behind. This is extra devastating for Zel because for almost the entire time they’ve been friends, Zel has been harbouring a mammoth, unrequited crush on her.

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Why the LGBT Label Still Matters in YA Fiction

I did a guest post for Up Close and Literal on whether LGBT counts as a genre, where I tell a story about one of my readers that reflects why I think we still need this label for LGBTQ books—especially in young adult fiction. 

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Guest Post: LGBTQIA representation in Australian YA

I wrote a guest post on the slow growth of LGBTQIA representation in Australian young adult fiction, for the fabulous LGBTQ Reads website.

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Checking my Gay Privilege over the Marriage Equality Plebiscite


Comedian Hannah Gadsby reminded me that as someone who purports to write  fiction to support young queer people, I should have been paying more attention to the upcoming plebiscite.

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Gay/Bi Girls in Young Adult Fiction: My August reads

Here are three books young adult fiction books featuring LGBTQ girls that I read this month.  Two are new, while one was a new find.

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Excerpt: Here’s the Thing

Here is the first excerpt from my upcoming LGBT young adult release, Here’s the Thing, due in October

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Bisexuality: Representation and Realism.

Whose afraid of the word bisexual? Negotiating the line between representation and realism in YA stories.

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