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Ten LGBT love stories that will melt your heart this Valentine's Day

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As Valentine's day draws near, we've drawn up a list of gooey, gorgeous love stories to melt even the hardest of hearts. 

1. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

This is a story about Paul, a very confident gay boy who attends a very particular high school where the homecoming queen used to be a guy name Daryl, who is also the star quarterback. But everyone, even Paul, can get their hearts broken.

2. Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Julie March

This is a graphic novel about Clementine, who falls deeply in love with Emma and has to come to terms with her own identity.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This book tells the story of Charlie, a very peculiar boy that befriends high school seniors Sam and Patrick, who is openly gay and struggling with a tormentous relationship.

4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Raped and separated from her children and her beloved sister, Celie, a black woman, finds herself trapped in a terrible marriage in a world where segregation and poverty are her only reality. But when she meets the glamorous singer Shug Avery, a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, Celie will find the courage to fight for herself and those that she loves.

5. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Although born Elizabeth, Gabe knows that he is a boy. But his parents (and everybody else) think she has gone crazy.

6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Amongst demons, angels, shadowhunters and a war between good and evil, Alec and Magnus Bane will fight for their love come hell or high water.

7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

After her parents die, Cameron has to go live with her ultrareligious aunt who will try to force her to deny her own identity and her love for a certain new girl in town.

8. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David is a little weird, and everybody seems to have a theory about it: his parents think he’s gay, the school bully thinks he’s a freak… But the truth is that he wants to be a girl.

9. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Published in 1973 (and therefore very controversial), this book tells the story of Molly Bolt and how it is like to grow up lesbian in America. 

10. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

This is a story about a summer love between two men that is so unexpected, intense and intimate that will mark them for a lifetime.

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