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How Reading Got Me Through My Teens And Beyond

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 13 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by EC King Depression and anxiety have always run deeply in my veins. These issues are hereditary in my case and, though they are not my constant companions, they are definitely frequent visitors. Even though I was a privileged, seemingly happy and rambunctious child, I [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on How Reading Got Me Through My Teens And Beyond

“An Anchor to Guide Them”: On the Importance of LGBTQIA+ Media

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 4 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by Kiana Nguyen  I kissed my first girlfriend in 2011 when I was 18, and it was the first kiss that held my entire heart. I was excited, I was anxious, I was so happy to finally have them in my arms I felt [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on “An Anchor to Guide Them”: On the Importance of LGBTQIA+ Media

Introduction to GayYA’s 2017 Blogathon

What. A. Year. I began planning this blogathon the week after the U.S. election. Over the past six years, our blogathons have focused on general love of LGBTQIA+ YA, but this year, I knew that that would fall short. I was personally seeking something more, something that would help me grasp the world as it [...]

Finding the other story: disentangling love from the narrative

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 4 by Natalie Ritter (i) While considering all the ways I could approach writing something worthwhile about how being aro and reading stories intersect, I was reminded of an instance in a speculative fiction creative writing class I took in undergrad. When it came to sci-fi and fantasy, it quickly [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Finding the other story: disentangling love from the narrative

Aromantic Headcanons and Making Room for Friend-shipping

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 3 by Claudie Arseneault You know how ships go. Two people interact and have great chemistry, and suddenly fandom is all over them. They have a ship name that’s a mash-up of their two names, your tumblr dash is filled with them kissing and holding hands and being cuties, [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Author Guest Blog, Readers on Reading, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Aromantic Headcanons and Making Room for Friend-shipping

The Myth of Arospec People and Loneliness

Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week Series: Day 2 by Ruairi There was a horrible moment in realising I was aromantic where it hit me for the first time that the majority of my life plans had gone out the window. Where I'd been taught there should be experimentation and heartbreak and marriage and a happily ever after, [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on The Myth of Arospec People and Loneliness

My Kind of Normal

Asexuality in YA Series: Day #3 Previous Posts: What's So Important About Ace Representation? by Kazul Wolf | Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit by Dill Werner | Introduction: Asexuality in YA Series by Vee S. by Kelly Murashige I thought there was something wrong with me. Some sort of genetic, chemical, or otherwise biological malfunction [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on My Kind of Normal

The Hero’s Journey in Trans YA

by Vee S. Introduction Last year I wrote a post about the “Acceptance” Narrative in Trans YA. That post detailed my thoughts on three problematic books that feature cis characters lamenting how hard it is to know someone who is trans. Today, I want to talk about another issue of representation in trans YA, and [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|1 Comment

Let’s Push For More Nuanced Bi+ Representation

Bisexual Awareness Week Series Day #2 – Previous Posts: Introduction -- Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers by Angélique Gravely I didn't start actively reading LGBTQ+ YA until I was almost a college graduate. By that time, I had more or less accepted my bisexual attractions and my desire to be a YA writer so I [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Let’s Push For More Nuanced Bi+ Representation

Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers

Bisexual Awareness Week Day #1 - Previous Posts: Introduction by Shelly Z I’ve begun to see that there is a strange duality when it comes to my pride. I wear it openly online, and in person only to those who I know extremely well. I attended Pride for the second year this summer, and I [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Duality, YA, and Crumpled Stickers