Does anybody have some recommendations for books of any genre that have queer male characters (or queer male subjects/authors if it is a biography or autobiography) but which do not have cover art, a title, or a back cover blurb which would out an imprisoned queer recipient. The gay section of…

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In honor of Banned Books week, here is a list of LGBT books in the Newton High School library that are commonly challenged or banned.

  1. Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  3. Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
  4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  5. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  6. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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"Trans and queer people want to buy books. Literature needs to be part of the conversation, not outside of the conversation and not only happening in universities."


"I put on my headphones but can’t figure whether I want a soundtrack that will reinforce my mood or combat it."

- David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy (via riseabovethemadness)

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"Gay kids aren’t a “plot point” that you can play with. Gay kids are real, actual kids, teenagers, growing up into awesome adults, and they don’t have the books they need to reflect that. Growing up, my nose was constantly stuck in a book. Growing up as a lesbian, I was told over and over and over by the lack of gayness in said books that I did not exist. That I wasn’t important enough to tell stories about. That I was invisible. Why are we telling our kids this? Why are we telling them that they’re a minority, and they don’t deserve the same rights as straights, that they’re going to grow up in a world that despises them, that the intolerance of humanity will never change, that they’re worthless. It’s not true."

- Sarah Diemer (via queerbetweenthelines)
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So today I went to Powell’s Books in Portland, a place that bills itself as “the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world”.   The thing is massive, it takes up a whole city block.   

Now I loves me some Powell’s.   But that picture up top of 12 books on a little third of a shelf?  That is the entire bisexual section.  It’s pretty disheartening.   

 Especially since the second picture shows about half of the overall Gay and Lesbian section.   You can kinda see the tiny bisexual section off to the right.   In total I counted 59 shelves devoted to Gay and Lesbian Lit, plus another 4 on Transgender Lit.   But even in one of the largest bookstores in the world in one of the most progressive cities in the US, we still just get a sad little end of a shelf.   12 books and four of them were the same book actually, Bi Any Other Name.   Well, there is 10 now since I bought two out of that section.   

Times like this, I find myself wondering - where is that bisexual privileged I keep hearing so much about?

~ Sarah

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The first time you hear it
it is an insult falling off
your mother’s tongue.
You’re four years old
and being dragged across the street
to avoid bumping into
the two boys holding hands.

The first time you see it
it is greeted with gasps
uttered by your aunt.
You’re ten years old
and watching your cousin leave the house
because she’s kissed
a girl with long hair and sad eyes.

The first time you understand it
it is a tear stained confession
coming from your best friend.
You’re fifteen years old
and listening to him
confess that he had fallen in love with
the way another boy held his hand.

The first time you feel it
it is paralysis shock
sent through your body.
You’re seventeen years old
and staring into the drunk eyes
of a beautiful girl with a beautiful mind
and she made you understand what love felt like.


- Secret: My society shames me for who i choose to love. by rbcages (via rbcages)

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“Though DeLine is only 24, with Refuse and I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, his is already a major contribution to queer literature. Like so many of the classic gay and lesbian novels from the earlier part of the 20th century, these works are sure, years from now, to enjoy wider readership and recognition as pioneering examples of transgender writing. Moreover, DeLine’s well-crafted storytelling and skill at cultivating voice prove that, far from being a niche genre, transgender narratives by transgender authors are a welcome and still underrepresented presence in contemporary fiction today.”

-Kirkus Reviews

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"Wanna make a monster? Take the parts of yourself that make you uncomfortable - your weaknesses, bad thoughts, vanities, and hungers - and pretend they’re across the room. It’s too ugly to be human. It’s too ugly to be you. Children are afraid of the dark because they have nothing real to work with. Adults are afraid of themselves."

- Richard Siken, “Black Telephone” (via queerbetweenthelines)
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"Non sum qualis eram. I am not what I once was."

- Francesca Lia Block, Love in the TIme of Global Warming (via queerbetweenthelines)
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Ever want to see F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag?

Of course you did.

(following from Buzzfeed)

The photos were taken in 1916 to help promote The Evil Eye at Princeton’s Triangle Club. Fitzgerald was in his third year at Princeton when the musical-comedy troupe performed the bawdy lyrics [penned by the future Great Gatsby writer].

In a review of his performance, the Times referred to Fitzgerald as “the most beautiful” girl in the whole production.

Source: queerbetweenthelines


When the border cops opened my bag they pulled out the trophy and I swear to goddess, the guy sneered and said: ‘I didn’t know they give awards out for being bisexual.’

I, of course, could not resist replying: ‘Only if you’re really good.’

It went downhill from there. I was detained in a holding cell for over eight hours where I was interrogated. They seized my phone and computer, claiming my work could ‘possibly be considered obscene according to Canadian law.’


- Bi writer is detained by border cops due to bisexual literary award

Get your shit together Canadian border police! Eight hours - unbelievable. (via queerbookclub)
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I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do.

I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my nose holes - everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor.


- Audre Lorde (via hudawashere)
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More 2014 YA novels to keep an eye out for! 

Happy reading!

P.S. If you have any YA novels releasing this year, let me know and if I haven’t featured them yet, your recommendations might make it onto the next top ten 2014 YA novels list!

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YA Recommendations: Mystery books

"Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a letdown, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book."

Source: thesecretbooksociety