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On Writing Aromantic Characters in YA

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 4 – Previous Posts: Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series – The Excitement and Frustration of Being “Alone” – Actual Love - Being Surrounded by Something You’ve Never Quite Understood by Denali Leone Describing my fictional characters to people is often like coming out again. While discussing my [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on On Writing Aromantic Characters in YA

Being Surrounded by Something You’ve Never Quite Understood

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 3 – Previous Posts: Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series – The Excitement and Frustration of Being “Alone” – Actual Love by Julia W. Looking back on the earlier elementary years, I was incredibly aromantic. I mean, I remember picking a boy to crush on because I thought [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Being Surrounded by Something You’ve Never Quite Understood

Actual Love

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 2 – Previous Posts: Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series – The Excitement and Frustration of Being “Alone” by Ashley D. Wallis I thought I was broken. These are words I’ve heard time and time again in my inbox or on posts explaining aromanticism. For over a decade, [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Actual Love

The Excitement and Frustration of Being “Alone”

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 1 – Previous Posts: Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series by Sacha My relationship with Young Adult fiction has been one of productive frustration. YA, specifically YA fantasy, is not only my favorite genre but actually the only genre of fiction that can ever hold my attention--I've always [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on The Excitement and Frustration of Being “Alone”

Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series

Welcome to GayYA’s Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week series! In honor of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week, we’re featuring posts from aromantic and aro-spec contributors on various issues surrounding aromantic representation in YA. We have an AWESOME line up of contributors and posts, and we’re so excited to share them with you all! The Awareness Week series are something we’ve [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Archive, Updates and Announcements|Comments Off on Introduction to Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series

Cover Reveal: Screaming Down Splitsville by Kayla Bashe

Today we are thrilled to host the cover reveal of the upcoming F/F YA Screaming Down Splitsville by Kayla Bashe! Screaming Down Splitsville takes place in an alternate 1950s where two groups of people with magical powers fight for dominance. Flip, a young lesbian, thinks her healing powers are completely useless. After her escape from a [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|Archive, Cover Reveal|Comments Off on Cover Reveal: Screaming Down Splitsville by Kayla Bashe

Cover Reveal: THE OLIVE CONSPIRACY by Shira Glassman

We're fans of Shira Glassman's books here at The Gay YA, and even bigger fans of the work she does promoting diverse LGBTQIA+ lit and her passion for representation. Today, we're revealing the cover for The Olive Conspiracy, the fourth book in the Mangoverse series! Here's some info from Shira about the book: The Olive Conspiracy is due [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Archive, Cover Reveal, Fun Things|Comments Off on Cover Reveal: THE OLIVE CONSPIRACY by Shira Glassman

Clearing Trans Paths in Middle Grade Fiction

Now that my debut middle grade novel, George, has been released into the world (fly, baby, fly!!) I’ve been witnessing and engaging in conversations about “who this book is for”.  In other words, “is this age-appropriate?” Now let me be clear.  There is no age at which it is inappropriate to appreciate people for who [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Clearing Trans Paths in Middle Grade Fiction

Knights, Defenders and Double Edged Swords

by Sarah Benwell When I was a kid, I wanted to become a knight. To take on chivalry and honour and a bravery that was bigger than I’d ever felt in real life. I wanted to protect, defend, pick up a sword and fight for something good. I wanted to be Lancelot or Gawain or [...]

By | November 18th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Knights, Defenders and Double Edged Swords

Should I or Shouldn’t I? On Writing Trans Narratives Respectfully

by John Jacobson Writing about yourself is hard. Writing about something, or someone, that you understand is hard. Writing about something or someone that is oppressed, stereotyped, and dehumanized by society is hard - especially when you don't understand that struggle on a personal level. Trans narratives are vital to the young adult book community. [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Should I or Shouldn’t I? On Writing Trans Narratives Respectfully