I'm proud to announce that the third edition of my book LGBTQ (see below) will be published in September 2018, soon to be followed by a new book on creating safe schools for LGBTQ (and all) students. Pick up a copy of LGBTQ via pre-order on Amazon today! Or ask your local independent bookseller. And while you're at it, why not pick up an extra copy to donate to your local library. Your community's youth will thank you.

If you'd like me to come speak about motivation, self-esteem, and resilience in your community or local school, please fill out the contact form on this page.

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Also, GLBTQ was named to the social justice recommended reading list from NNSTOY--the National Network of State Teachers or the Year.

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Publications and Performances

Here's an assortment of some of my published works, both print and online, many published under my maiden name--Kelly Huegel. (Every time I write "maiden" it conjures an image of me running around in a gown with an embroidered neckline, tittering and giddy, with a little bird perched on my finger. But I digress.) 


GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens. 

Selected reviews and awards for previous editions of GLBTQ:

“[An] essential resource for both queer and straight youth—and those who care about them.”—Youth Today

“Huegel’s book is extremely practical, not just for LGBTQ students but also for adults who desire a greater understanding of the issues our LGBTQ students face on a daily basis.”—ASCA School Counselor

“One of the best guides available for queer teens and their allies . . . Huegel unflinchingly and clearly explains what young adults, parents, and educators want and need to know . . . An excellent choice for libraries of all types.”—School Library Journal

“Addresses the most critical issues faced by contemporary GLBTQ teens . . . the information it provides for teens makes it a valuable addition to any high school or public library collection.”—VOYA

“One of the best one-volume sources of information available about being GLBTQ.” —Booklist

“An indispensable map through the wilderness, one that should be issued to every queer kid immediately.” —The Advocate

“This book will not be gathering dust on a shelf. If it doesn’t disappear completely, swiped by a teen who desperately needs it, it will be in constant use.”—KLIATT

  • “Popular Paperback for Young Adults,” ALA/YALSA

  • Benjamin Franklin Book Award Winner

  • “Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library

  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist

  • Independent Publisher Book Award Winner

Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help, and Hope. 1998; Free Spirit Publishing. 

Hailed as "impressive" by Voice of Youth Advocates, "solid" by Booklist, and "a good choice for any collection" by School Library JournalYPCI received widespread acclaim and was the subject of a full-page article in The Washington Post "Health" section. 

  • Voice of Youth Advocates award

Selected Articles and Guest Blogs

"Fly Me Home: Air transports give shelter pets a ticket out of harm's way--and a better shot at adoption." All Animals magazine

"The High Cost of Caring: How can we combat drug and alcohol abuse in the animal welfare field?" Animal Sheltering magazine

"My Battle With Crohn's: How going plant-based gave me my life back" T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (more than 1,400 shares)

"12 Ways to Make Your Classroom Safe for LGBTQ Students" Free Spirit Publishing blog (a Top 5 blog post of the year)

"Holding Space: Sometimes we go beyond massage" MASSAGE Magazine (more than 5,600 shares)

"Adopters Offer Older Pets Another Shot at Love" All Animals magazine

"6 Things That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Next Massage" MASSAGE Magazine (more than 2,700 shares)

"9 Ways Schools Can Support Trans Students" Free Spirit Publishing blog

"Can It Get Better Now?" The Advocate

"10 Fun Facts About Animals" All Animals magazine

"Everyday Racism: What do you say in a moment like this?" The Good Men Project

"Massage As An Adjunct to Mental Health Care" MASSAGE Magazine

"LA Stories: Citywide initiatives cause euthanasia numbers to plummet" Animal Sheltering magazine

"Creating Community in the Classroom" Free Spirit Publishing blog

"Why You Might Want to Embrace Your Depression" The Good Men Project

"Fundraising's Human Equation: Authentic partnerships key to sustainability, success" Animal Sheltering magazine

"Block by Block: Reaching your community means getting outside your doors and knocking on theirs" Animal Sheltering magazine

"No Place Like Home: Advocates use prevention strategies and fair housing laws to keep owners and pets together" Animal Sheltering magazine

"Embracing the Bully" Free Spirit Publishing blog

"He Asks Your Wife If He Can Buy Her. Now What?" The Good Men Project