YA Fiction with LGBTQ* Characters On Our Radar
LGBTQ* Books You May Want To Read
If you are a woman, if you’re a person of colour, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you are a person of size, if you are a person od intelligence, if you are a person of integrity, then you are considered a minority in this world.
…And it’s going to be really hard to find messages of self-love and support anywhere. Especially women’s and gay men’s culture. It’s all about how you have to look a certain way or else you’re worthless. You know when you look in the mirror and you think ‘oh, I’m so fat, I’m so old, I’m so ugly’, don’t you know, that’s not your authentic self? But that is billions upon billions of dollars of advertising, magazines, movies, billboards, all geared to make you feel shitty about yourself so that you will take your hard earned money and spend it at the mall on some turn-around creme that doesn’t turn around shit.
When you don’t have self-esteem you will hesitate before you do anything in your life. You will hesitate to go for the job you really wanna go for, you will hesitate to ask for a raise, you will hesitate to call yourself an American, you will hesitate to report a rape, you will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote, you will hesitate to dream. For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.
- — Margaret Cho
"Gay marriage legalized on the same day as marijuana makes perfect biblical sense. Leviticus 20:13: ‘A man who lays with another man should be stoned.’
Our interpretation has just been wrong for all these years”
Via Facebook. Credited to:
— George Takei / — Katie Stephens
- LGBTQ* Humor and Quotes
There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other’s names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name. — Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
LGBTQ* Tumblrs You Should Know
"Words are beautiful. You are beautiful."
The next time someone asks you, ‘Hey! How do you get to be homosexual anyway?’ tell them, ‘Homosexuals are chosen first on talent — then interview — then swimsuit and evening gown competition pretty much gets rid of the rest of them.
- comic KAREN WILLIAMS, at the 1993 Mach on Washington
" … I asked [my son] Jonathan what he felt were the strongest negative and the strongest positive aspects for him in having grown up with lesbian parents. He said the strongest benefit he felt he gained was that he knew that he did not have a lot of the hang-ups that some other boys did about men and women. And the most negative aspect he felt, Jonathan said, was the ridicule he got from some kids with straight parents. ‘You mean, from your peers?’ I said. ‘Oh no,’ he answered promptly. ‘My peers know better. I mean other kids.’"-Audre Lorde, poet, author, theorist, activist, lesbian mother
- What would your peers say?
LGBTQ* Gender Theory and Sexuality Theory
We are not easily understood, nor are we easily defined;’ we are not a binary.
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Gore Vidal on sexuality and gender as binaries
*note, this quote predates most of the language/terms which have been formed over the last two decades
LGBTQ* Quotes & Quips
Anderson Cooper on love and support
(You can read the entire email HERE)
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
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