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‘Room at the Table’: Pulse, Vincent Rutherford, and the Work We Have Left to Do

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 14 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by Weezie Wood I woke up the morning of June 12, 2016, to a text from my cousin asking me if I had seen the news. I was already running late for brunch with my dad and I typed out a quick “No, what’s up?” before [...]

By | July 1st, 2017|Archive, Guest Blogs|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

You Are Not Alone: Finding Community as a Nonbinary Teen

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 12 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by Kav If I'm being honest with myself, I never thought of myself as “straight.” Growing up, I never labeled myself that way and instead thought along the lines of “I’ll love who I love, no matter their gender.” That's not to say that I [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Archive, Guest Blogs, Teen Voices|0 Comments

I am the captain of my soul: On Being a Queer, Muslim Teen

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 11 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by Warda When I’m asked what it’s like being a queer teen in today’s age I kind of want to counter with: “Well, what’s it like having two eyes and a nose?” You know, something snarky and light-hearted that makes it clear queerness is perfectly [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Archive, Guest Blogs, Teen Voices|Comments Off on I am the captain of my soul: On Being a Queer, Muslim Teen

Interview: Robin Stevenson, author of PRIDE, a Middle Grade Non-Fiction Book

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 7 - Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration, and the high point of that month is the Pride Day Parade. Pride Day is a spectacular and colorful event. But there is a whole lot more [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Archive, Author Interview, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Interview: Robin Stevenson, author of PRIDE, a Middle Grade Non-Fiction Book

Introducing: #BooksToTeens

We’re thrilled to announce our new campaign: #BooksToTeens! #BooksToTeens is a new initiative to help get more LGBTQIA+ books into the hands of teens that need them. We’ll feature a new crowdfunding project every other week on GayYA’s Twitter. Most of the projects will be donorschoose.org fundraisers, but we may branch out into Kickstarters for [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Archive, Updates and Announcements|Comments Off on Introducing: #BooksToTeens

“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

You Do Not Have to Be Good

Pride Month Blogathon: Day 3 – Introduction to Pride Month Blogathon by Rebecca Podos You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Guest Blogs, New Releases, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on You Do Not Have to Be Good

Interview with the Writers of Serial Box’s GEEK ACTUALLY

I've loved serial fiction for a long time; particularly fanfiction—and now podcasts. There's something so thrilling and maddening about being hooked on a series and having to wait for the next installment to come out. So when The Gay YA was approached about covering Serial Box's new series Geek Actually, a diverse, geeky Sex and the [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Archive|Comments Off on Interview with the Writers of Serial Box’s GEEK ACTUALLY

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 [...]