LGBT Week: June 25th – July 4th


o LGBT week started today (June 25th) and is hosted by Rae, at her blog In the Forest. For the next ten days she will celebrate with book reviews and giveaways. One of the giveaways is a T-shirt (see pic), which is also on sale here. Part of the proceeds is donated to associations promoting marriage equality.

o LGBT books have been getting more and more attention in the media lately. Leanne Italie, an Associated Press writer, has a wonderful article titled “Books with Gay Themes for Young Readers Take Off,” which I highly recommend. 🙂

o I read a post last week, about an amazing fifteen-year-old teen called Brent. Brent’s blog, Naughty Books Kitties, is dedicated to books (obviously). Brent tells is like it is. He is openly gay and he fights for the publication and promotion of more books with LGBT characters (you go, Brent!). He reached out to librarians to help with the task. Read about it at Pinched Nerves!

o If you are a writer (or not) and have ever been tempted and/or frightened to include LGBT characters in your stories, author Malinda Lo generously shared tips on her blog on Avoiding LGBT Stereotypes in YA Fiction. I emphasize generously. I heard her speak at a SCBWI event, meaning people pay to receive writing advices from her. You have it all for free on her website, which also includes book recommendations and much more. It’s a great resource for both writers and readers. Her debut book, ASH, came out in September 2009. ASH is “Cinderella with a twist;” it’s the story of a girl who lost her mother, has two step-sisters, is in touch with the faerie world, and falls in love with a king’s huntress.

o It’s “The June 2010 Carnival of Children’s Literature” over at Lee Wind‘s blog! Lee shares the posts that impacted him the most this month, broken down by categories such as picture book, MG and YA reviews, creative process, business news… I have bookmarked the page.

I’m dying to know your opinion: what do you think of the current state of LGBT books?