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Redefining Realness Donation

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Exciting news! Janet Mock, the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness, is donating 120 copies of her book to schools through us as part of her annual book campaign. But we need your help! Do you know a school that would benefit from receiving a copy of Redefining Realness? If so, contact us! A blurb about Janet’s book …

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You Too Can Save Lives

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by Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys Note: If you or someone you know needs help, you can call The Trevor Project‘s 24/7 confidential hotline: 1-866-488-7386 __________________________ When my first novel, Rainbow Boys, was about to be published my editor asked me, “Do you realize this book is going to save lives?” I wondered if he’d confused my book with …

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Would You Hide?

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by Laura Preble, author of Out I’ve written an LGBT-themed book, but I’m not LGBT. Some people don’t see how this is possible, but here’s why it is: I’m a human being. My book, Out, is a speculative fiction book where opposite-sex couples (perpendiculars) are criminalized, while same-sex couples (parallels) are in the majority and run the theocratic government. It’s …

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A Safe Environment

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by Bill Torres, Director of Community Resources at The Ali Forney Center As the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people grows in our society, more and more LGBTQ teens are finding the courage to come out of the closet. Tragically, as many as 25% of these teens are rejected by their families, and many end up …

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Ending Happily

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by Nancy Garden, author of Annie on My Mind Back when I was growing up, there were no Gay-Straight Alliances, and the only people who knew the “other” meaning of the word gay were gay people and people in the arts. I sensed that I was different from other girls, but it wasn’t until I was in high school and …

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Filling the Gap

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by Malinda Lo, author of Ash When Amelia asked me to blog about why it’s important to have LGBT-related books for young adults available in schools, I knew I had hundreds of answers. They come to me regularly in my email from readers around the world. Here’s one: “You gave me someone to connect to, someone who made me feel …

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Making It Safe By Making It Easy

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by Sara Ryan, author of Empress of the World I was lucky to grow up in a progressive college town. There was a great women’s bookstore where I could stock up on Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For, Diane diMassa’s Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, and the triangle pins and freedom rings that proclaimed my queerness to whomever understood …

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I Know, Son

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Thanksgiving, 2010  “Hey, Mom- there’s something I need to tell you.” She knows what I’m going to say, and she begins to tear up. “I’m gay.” There’s a pause, then she runs forward and grabs me, holding me close.“I know, son. I know. I love you.”   It wasn’t easy. In fact, it was terrifying. Extremely terrifying. I remember it …

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Will You Be That Person?

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Founding my school’s Gay-Straight Alliance was a long and difficult process, but it was definitely worth it. I never knew what a GSA was until I learned about them online. I thought it was a GSA was an awesome idea so I did some research on what types of things to do with a GSA and how to go about …

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Constant Anti-Gay Language

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by Carly F. Living in a very conservative community in Arizona, I found a lot of resistance trying to implement any program in my K-8 school to fix the constant use of anti-gay language that’s used there. After talking with both my school principal and the district superintendent, who made it known that they were against bringing anything focused on …

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