Rainbow Stacks is a website dedicated to creating a supportive community for LGBTQIA+ teens who love to read YA literature. We at Rainbow Stacks believe that literature has the power to change lives, especially for young people who are faced with many stressors unique to adolescence. Whether you fall into the acronym, are comfortable with labels or prefer no label, or are still questioning it all, we hope that you find some joy on this site.
This site includes a collection of interviews with YA authors of various identities such as Shaun David Hutchinson and Alex Sanchez. There are also recommendations and reviews for queer books curated by the creator of this site if you want some insight into what to pick up next. There are also countless resources for those who want to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ communities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the author interviews?
Some truly amazing and gracious queer YA authors agreed to answer some questions with Rainbow Stacks. The purpose of these interviews is to create a community of support that includes the authors and all readers of this site. Whether or not you pick up their books, hearing that you are not alone can go a long way in providing comfort, especially for queer teens who often feel alienated from those around them.
Go on over to the Author Interview page to learn more about these wonderful authors who donated their time to the site!
Where can I learn more?
Questioning your sexuality or gender identity? Want to learn more about the queer community? You’ll find helpful resources and information on a variety of sexual and gender identities in our Resources tab. You’ll also find other organizations and hotlines dedicated to aiding LGBTQIA+ people in need in our Hotlines page. These resources and hotlines are meant for those who might need additional help or someone qualified to talk to about your struggles with mental health or coming to terms with your sexuality or gender identity.
There are also meaningful statistics provided about queer teens and their mental health tendencies in our Mental Health Statistics page. Please proceed with caution in the statistics tab if reading such statistics could be harmful to you. Trigger Warnings for: mentions of suicide, parental abuse, homelessness, bullying, sexual abuse, and self-harm.
Why YA literature?
We at Rainbow Stacks truly believe in the power of stories to impact people’s lives for the better. Queer teens are 4x more likely to contemplate suicide compared to their heterosexual peers according to The Trevor Project. The HRC also conducted a study that found that 77% of LGBTQIA+ teens have felt depressed in the past week. Since Young Adult (YA) literature targets this demographic, that is why we chose to focus on it. YA also has overwhelmingly more queer stories than other age ranges and many are being published every year.
With all this in mind, YA literature was the best choice for this website. Although there are so many wonderfully queer adult and children’s books out there, we decided to focus on the literature written for the age demographic that needs it the most and the one we personally connect to.
Who created this website?
Rainbow Stacks was created by Jill Tomlinson, who is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with a minor in Digital Audiences at Arizona State University. She made this site in collaboration with James Blasingame and Bill Konigsberg as a part of her Barrett Honors Senior Thesis. Jill wanted to take her love of queer YA literature and create something that could help queer teens who are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, feel less alone.
In her free time when she is not consuming stories, Jill also loves listening to K-pop and is currently in the process of planning her dream trip to Korea. She is also the proud owner of 3 cats, all of which are different colors and sizes.