The 2013 Rainbow Project Committee is proud to present our 2013 Nominations list! Please remember that not all nominations make make the final list, which will be announced during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, this year held in Seattle, Washington January 25-29. All books on the nomination list will be discussed during the group meetings, and all of our meetings are open, so please stop by and listen in on the debates!
Unfortunately The Difference Between You and Me makes the list too. Gross. Let’s hope they don’t pick a book full of nasty biphobic cliches for a list that is supposed to represent all LGBT kids and teens.
BREAKING NEWS: New Jersey Supreme Court denies stay in same-sex marriage ruling; weddings to begin Monday
|—||Shiri Eisner, Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (via trans-figurations)|
Shiri Eisner, Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, p.119
Why bisexual “passing” is a threat to patriarchy(via bisexual-books)
Uhhhhh Bill is the best
Recently, I asked tumblarians to suggest adult LGBT books, and boy, did they! I’ve compiled all of the suggestions into one easy-to-use goodreads list. I encourage you to vote your favorites to the top (currently they’re in alphabetical order by author) and add others to the list.
Second, the overlap of identities and communities in which any one is situated means that any collective action can neglect other equally important and damaging, regimes of power. For example, the pink economy goes on selling overpriced goods made by underpaid workers, and gay sexual tourism participates in an imperialist legacy. This is not simply to say that ‘we’ (lesbians, gays, bisexuals) are sustaining ‘their’ (the working class, the so-called ‘Third World’) oppression. We are also sustaining the systems which perpetuate our own oppression - in these two cases, capitalism’s continued (although mutable) reliance on the family, and the West’s narrow conception of sexuality which Western supremacist positions do nothing to question.
|—||Jo Eadie. “Indigestion: Diagnosing the Gay Malady”. Anti-Gay (via effusionofbiopower)|
Transgender Studies Faculty Cluster Hire at University of Arizona The University of Arizona is pleased to announce a cluster hire of 4 tenure-track faculty positions in transgender studies over the…
I am a therapist who works with [Ed Note: heterosexual &] LGBT individuals and couples. Bisexual issues, in particular, tend to be marginalized. What information is available is full of bias and stigma, so there is a need for positive resources for those in mixed-sexual orientation marriages where one of the partners is bisexual. I hope you find these helpful. ~Betti Schleyer, PhD in Bi Women’s Newsletter: Winter 2013
Positive online discussion groups:
- Alternate Path: an affirming group for women seeking help with finding alternative solutions to divorcing their Bisexual/Gay husband. Provides positive discussions to help wives adjust to the news that their husband is gay/bi.
- Making Mixed Orientation Marriages Work (MMOMW): for straight spouses who are married to gays or bisexuals, and also the married gays and bisexuals themselves. Welcomes all those in this situation no matter how they have decided to deal with this within their own marriage.
- HUGS Couples (Hope Understanding Growth Support): A list for couples of mixed sexual orientation who are working to keep their relationship strong and growing. A positive environment where these couples can express their concerns, share their successes, and give and receive support and encouragement.
- Monogamous Mixed Orientation Marriages (MMOM): a support group for either or both members of a mixed orientation marriage or relationship working to remain monogamous. “Mixed orientation” means that the sexual orientations of the two persons involved do not match. This includes any combination of GLBTQS persons (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, straight). “Monogamous” means that the partners are sexually exclusive
Bisexual and Living Fabulous: support for bisexuals and those who love them - Positive Website for bisexuals. Includes a discussion site for those in Mixed Orientation Marriages.
Transcending Boundaries: Introduction to Mixed Orientation Marriages by Mark Rheault - Good description of basics of making a mixed-orientation marriage work, with links to resources
Positive stories about mixed orientation marriages:
- Top Five Questions Asked About Being a Bisexual Minister by Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards
- The Advocate (my perspective): A bisexual mom comes out by Mary Joslin May 25, 2004
- Ochs, R., and Rowley, S. (2009). Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, Second Edition. Chapter 6, Relationships, pp. 115 – 133. Bisexual Resource Center.
- Orndorff, K. (1999). Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories. Sharp Press.
Research showing that stable, satisfactory mixed orientation marriages are possible:
- Brownfain, J. J. (1985). A study of the married bisexual male: Paradox and resolution. Journal of Homosexuality, 11(1/2), 173-188.
- Coleman, E. (1985). Integration of male bisexuality and marriage. Journal of Homosexuality, 11(1/2), 189-207.
- Edser, S. J., & Shea, J. D. (2002). An exploratory investigation of bisexual men in monogamous, heterosexual marriages. Journal of Bisexuality, 2, 7–43.
- Jordal, C. E. (2011). “Making it work”: A grounded theory of how mixed orientation married couples commit, sexually identify, and gender themselves (Doctoral dissertation).
- Matteson, D. (1985). Bisexual men in marriage: Is a positive homosexual identity and stable marriage possible? Journal of Homosexuality 11, nos. 1 and 2: 149-172
- Wolf, T. J. (1985). Marriages of bisexual men. Journal of Homosexuality, 11(1/2), 135-148.
- Gustavson, M. (2009). Bisexuals in relationships: Uncoupling intimacy from gender ontology. Journal of Bisexuality, 9(3-4), 407-429.Note: Research reviewed by Patrick RichardsFink, a bisexual activist, husband, father, student, and blogger in Central Minnesota.
We get quite a few people who come to us explaining that they identify as neither male or female or feel both male and female and are concerned that they are the only ones that feel that way. Others come knowing that they aren’t the only ones out there that feel that…
New Jersey to ban gay conversion therapy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill today banning licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. New Jersey will join California as the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy.
AP reports that, in a signing note accompanying the bill, Christie says he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin.
Photo: Mel Evans / AP
Way to make baby steps Jersey!
A lot of people are talking about the new tumblr regulations about NSFW content and that is really important but I’m personally more upset about the limitations on tag searches on mobile devices.
THE FOLLOWING TAGS NO LONGER WORK ON MOBILE DEVICES:
Let’s all adopt #quiltbag. It still works on mobile.
YA Books About Transgender Characters
There haven’t been a lot of young adult books published about transgender characters. This list is not meant to be a “best of” list — it is simply a list of the titles that we are aware of, and we are sure there are more we aren’t aware of. This list is limited to titles published specifically for a young adult audience, which means titles published for adults that teens might still enjoy aren’t included.
- I am J by Cris Beam (Little, Brown)
- One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp)
- Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Flux)
- Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis (Knopf)
- f2m: the boy within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy (Ford Street Publishing, Australia)
- Being Emily by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)
- Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Knopf)
- Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte)
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown)
- Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster)
Do you have a favorite YA book about a transgender character? Please tell us why you loved it!
I want to give special shout-outs to Luna and Parrotfish, two of my favorite YA novels.
I’d also add that Every Day by David Levithan is, in a way, a really good book about a non-binary character. Part of what makes A and Rhiannon’s love story so unique and compelling is that it exists outside of binary constructions of gender and sex identity.
You guys really need to read Every Day by David Levithan. This is required reading this summer.
I wrote a guest blog for Gay YA, which posted today:
I’m not a young adult librarian, but I’m a longtime reader of young adult fiction, particularly stories that feature lesbian characters. As a reader, I can confirm that we’ve come a long way since the days of having to (as recently described by Mary at Queer Books Please) scour mainstream books for some hint of queer content. My coming of age and coming out was largely done in pre-internet days, when often the best you could do was manufacture your own subtext. Although it’s still inconsistent and problematic, YA fiction is increasingly diverse. According to the book Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, five to six percent of American teens identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and eighty percent of teens know someone who does. For questioning teens, the public library should be a safe space in which they can to find stories and resources to help them articulate their identities.
Unfortunately, librarians have not always made it easy to find information. Censorship–in the form of simply not purchasing materials that might be considered “controversial”–has always been a problem. People often take it upon themselves to challenge books with any queer content in the name of protecting “the children,” which can bring negative publicity to a library. In addition, catalogers have the option to make items more or less discoverable in a library catalog, depending on the subject headings they choose to add to an item’s record. For teens, who are among the least likely to approach a librarian, being able to find books for themselves is extremely important. Items having to do with sex and sexuality are often among those that are used (not to mention stolen) anonymously at the library–read clandestinely and not necessarily checked out.
I don’t mean to sound as if the situation is dire and there are no LGBTQ resources to be found in most libraries. However, I do believe that there is more that librarians AND library patrons can do to improve the quantity and visibility of these materials in library collections.
Use your local library!
Request materials. Let your librarians know–through purchase requests, in-person recommendations, or even through the items that you are getting via interlibrary loan–that there is a demand for these materials.
Donate your old, unwanted, and duplicate copies of LGBTQ fiction and other materials.
Give someone a gift by donating a book to the library in their name. A friend of mine donated a copy of Leah Petersen’s book Fighting Gravity to my library to thank me for something I had helped her with. You can support both the library and worthy authors this way.
Participate in library events, such as the summer reading program.
Support your library if and when it becomes involved in a public book challenge. Write an editorial to your local newspaper, if you have to!
Order those materials! There are plenty of well-reviewed, award-winning books that you can purchase for the library. Purchase items to meet a variety of needs and interests, even if you haven’t seen any evidence of them. These teens may not speak up, but they exist in your community, and the materials should be there when they look for them.
Create displays that showcase the items in your collection, making it clear that the library is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ teens. Actively solicit suggestions for purchases of new materials.
Read some of these books! If you don’t have the time to read, check out reviews here at Gay YA or at other sites like I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell do I Read?, Queer YA, and Rainbow Books. Be prepared to offer recommendations.
Have your policies and your Request for Reconsideration form ready to meet any challenges. Train your staff on how to respond to complaints. Preparation and justification is the best defense in a challenge situation.
Public librarians have a professional responsibility to make these materials available to everyone, not just the at-risk teens who need them the most. Community members with an interest in having these materials available to teens have a responsibility to let the library know that they’re wanted and needed in the library. Together we can make it happen!