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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

When the Queer Lit Was Enough

by Ryy Dickerson When people halfheartedly say that Young Adult literature is extremely white, I laugh. Being a person of color and queer means often times I find myself in a young adult book either as the gay character or the character of color. Not too often do I get a chance to see myself [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on When the Queer Lit Was Enough

Never Am I Whole

by Wesaun  There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of finally seeing myself in the books I read except, oh wait, I never do. I look and look and search and search and all that meets me is a gap, all that meets me is the laughter track as if I am on a comedy [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Never Am I Whole

There was, there is/it was, it is

There was a girl. There was a girl who loved to read and read and read. There was a girl who loved to read and read and read but hated it sometimes but she couldn’t tell why. There was a teen. There was a teen who watched too much tv but still found time to [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on There was, there is/it was, it is

Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

by Joseph Jess Many of us know how hard it is to find queer fiction, that is why we search the depths of the internet for it, blog about it and even write it. If you read enough of the queer fiction out there you will notice that the vast majority of it centers around [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Being Queer, Being Latino and Being a Reader: One of Many Latinx Narratives.

GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Club, Book Review, New Releases, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Let’s Talk: What is Easy and What is True?

by Adriana L. I try to avoid using the bathroom when I'm on campus. As a student employee and part-time student—someone who can expect to stay on campus for anywhere from four to eight hours on any given day—this is a pretty ambitious feat. Some days, it's just not feasible. True, there are a few [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Let’s Talk: What is Easy and What is True?