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A Few More Words about LGBT Resources for Everyone

Not that Joseph’s elequent and elegant post below needs anything extra.. .But letting everyone know about  our awesome fiction and nonfiction, print and electronic – about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and transgender) issues  is  dear to my heart. These sources keep getting better, more  hopeful, with more sophistication and yes, sometimes humor.   As a straight woman, I hope to support my sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends who may be harassed or worse for being who they are. Consider this stat from GLSEN  from a 2009 survey of 7,261 middle and high school students:

Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school during that year.

And then, consider this from Change.org:

Nearly 90% of Americans believe gay and lesbian workers should have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.

 One of the most certain ways to open up your mind is to discover all you can. Here are some books with strong gay characters:

Totally Joe         

Joe is one 13-year-old who knows who he is and what he’s like and if part of that is being gay, so be it. But not everyone thinks like Joe including the guy he crushes on.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson has always been there whenever his larger-than-life friend, Tiny Cooper, recovers from his painful short-lived romances.  The latest one is with a guy he meets by accident surprisingly named Will Grayson. Tiny is writing a musical about his life which includes both Will Graysons as characters but fate has ways of twisting life for both friends.

Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story

Marisol from  Hard Love has moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to write before she moves on to Stanford. When she takes a class from Olivia, a charismatic writer, she falls madly in love with her despite her friends’ misgivings and unreasonable demands  Olivia makes.

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