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What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

by Candice  Happy LGBTQIA Heritage Month and happy 5th anniversary, Gay YA!! I am so honored to have been invited to contribute to Gay YA’s awesome Pride Month and anniversary blogathon! As the President of the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Senior Librarian of systemwide Teen Services at the Los Angeles Public Library, [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Teachers & Librarians|Comments Off on What’s Your Queery? Advocacy & Inclusivity in Teen Library Services

A Learning Journey

As a librarian and a blogger, I want to be able to purchase, read and promote excellent books. The first step is finding those books. That would seem easy enough, but I also want to make sure that I’m finding a wide range of quality stories providing windows and mirrors for readers. This is where [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on A Learning Journey

Dumbledore Gets Married in Ireland. Sort Of.

by Jennifer Polish So Dumbledore and Gandalf got married. At the suggestion of J.K. Rowling. And all the fandoms rode off into the proverbial sunset. But that’s not the entire story. In the same episode of Doctor Who that Shakespeare was portrayed as bisexual (I punched the air myself before remembering I was watching it [...]

By | June 25th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on Dumbledore Gets Married in Ireland. Sort Of.

How To Make Your Library a Safe Place for Queer Teens

by Angie Manfredi Last year, I chose Alex London’s YA dystopian thriller Proxy as my teen book club’s selection. This meant my library would purchase multiple copies, many teens would read it, and then we would Skype with Alex to talk about it.  Why did I choose Proxy?  Well, partially because it’s superb YA:  a [...]

By | May 11th, 2015|Archive, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on How To Make Your Library a Safe Place for Queer Teens

Are They LGBTQIA? Let Your Characters Tell You

by Karen Sandler As a cis white author who’s inching ever closer to old lady status, I experienced a couple fortunate circumstances in my youth that shaped me as a writer. First, when I transferred to a new high school in 1970, the circle of friends who drew me in were largely gay, lesbian, and [...]

By | May 10th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Writers on Writing|Comments Off on Are They LGBTQIA? Let Your Characters Tell You

On Building a Better Tomorrow

by Ellen Hopkins I write contemporary young adult fiction. To date, I’ve published eleven bestselling YA novels-in-verse, and each storyline is unique. I’ve written about addiction, abuse, suicide, prostitution and the drive for perfection, both internal and external—issues that touch teen lives every day. The books are diverse, but they all have in common queer [...]

By | May 8th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on On Building a Better Tomorrow

Author Guest Blog: Kimberly Derting

By Kimberly Derting I have three kids, and I’ve raised them all to be conscientious and loving—to see people as people rather for their sexual orientations or skin colors or religious beliefs. But it’s my youngest daughter—my 14-year-old—who is fierce about these principles, to the point of being rabid. This was what she asked for [...]

By | May 6th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog|Comments Off on Author Guest Blog: Kimberly Derting

Being a Straight Ally

Chandra Rooney has threatened to stop watching Glee if Kurt and Blaine break up. She sporadically updates her personal blog (Dreaming in Red,) and you can follow her on twitter as @sakuralovestea.   If you had asked teen me to name LGBTQ characters and canon pairings in YA lit, most of them would’ve come from [...]

By | April 5th, 2011|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Writers on Writing|6 Comments