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Call for Submissions: Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

During Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week, we want to use our space on GayYA to support AroSpec voices. Last year, we decided to host Awareness Week Series over the various LGBTQIA+ Awareness Weeks throughout the year. Though we hope to include everyone on the site at all times, we wanted to dedicate a concentrated space to people from a [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Archive, Updates and Announcements|Comments Off on Call for Submissions: Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

A Form of Love That Has Nothing to Do with Sex

Asexuality in YA Series: Day #6 Previous Posts: Even a Little is a Lot: Asexual Representation in YA by Lucy Mihajlich | Representing the Asexual Experience by Tabitha O’Connell | My Kind of Normal by Kelly Murashige | What’s So Important About Ace Representation? by Kazul Wolf | Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit by Dill Werner | [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Archive|Comments Off on A Form of Love That Has Nothing to Do with Sex

Representing the Asexual Experience

by Tabitha O’Connell As an asexual reader, I love finding characters I can relate to—so few exist whose sexuality is similar to mine that it’s really special every time I encounter one. Sometimes, these characters have the word “asexual” explicitly applied to them in-text, and it’s always great to see my label used and normalized. [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Archive|1 Comment

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

Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit

by Dill Werner  I can only speak for one person when it comes to demisexuality—me. My experiences, my preferences, my sexuality, me. Being a queer demisexual means that I fall somewhere along a spectrum within a spectrum along another spectrum. I am a demisexual floating in the asexual spectrum hunched under the queer umbrella. It’s…complicated. [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit

Introduction: Asexuality in YA Series

During our Asexuality in YA series, we want to use our space on GayYA to support ace-spectrum voices. Last year, we decided to host Awareness Week Series over the various LGBTQIA+ Awareness Weeks throughout the year. Though we hope to include everyone on the site at all times, we wanted to dedicate a concentrated space [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|Archive, Updates and Announcements|1 Comment

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

Interview: Meredith Russo, author of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL

Trans Awareness Week Series: Day #9 Previous Posts: Reading Myself in Code by Sacha Lamb, Building Zoey's World by Anya Johanna DeNiro, We Need Trans Books… But We Really Need Trans Writers by Elliot Wake, Second Trans on the Moon by Kyle Lukoff, How the Fox Became by Fox Benwell, Interview: Alex Gino, The Room Where it Happens by Parrish Turner, Trans Stories Are Human [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Archive, Author Interview, Teen Voices|Comments Off on Interview: Meredith Russo, author of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL

We Need Trans Books… But We Really Need Trans Writers

Trans Awareness Week Series: Day #6 Previous Posts: Second Trans on the Moon by Kyle Lukoff, How the Fox Became by Fox Benwell, Interview: Alex Gino, The Room Where it Happens by Parrish Turner, Trans Stories Are Human Stories by April Daniels, Center Trans Voices: Introduction to Trans Awareness Week Series by Vee S.) by Elliot Wake About 0.6% of [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, New Releases|1 Comment

How the Fox Became

Trans Awareness Week: Day #4  Previous Posts: Interview: Alex Gino, The Room Where it Happens by Parrish Turner, Trans Stories Are Human Stories by April Daniels, Center Trans Voices: Introduction to Trans Awareness Week Series by Vee S.) by Fox Benwell  I talk a lot, both as a transmasculine guy and as a writer, about the importance of words. [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on How the Fox Became