blog, books, lgbt

Beyond Gay Penguins: LGBTQ children’s and YA books, past, present and future

Sometimes a book event coincides so exactly with what you need to think harder about right. that. second. that you wonder if you've invented it. Happily, 'Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children's and YA Literature' with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library at Housman's Radical Bookshop in King's Cross on Saturday was not… Continue reading Beyond Gay Penguins: LGBTQ children’s and YA books, past, present and future

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Come out and play? LGBT inclusion in children’s media

What better way to spend Pea's Book of Birthdays' publication day last week than sitting in sunny Sheffield with clever thoughtful folk, talking about how much our telly and books really include everyone? The Children's Media Conference is my kind of conference, ie they give you a bag at the start with Phineas & Ferb stickers… Continue reading Come out and play? LGBT inclusion in children’s media

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#YesGayYA… and #YesGayMG too

Here we go again. This summer, the Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory rant against Young Adult fiction – and writers fought back.   In March, Jessica Verday got told to de-gay an anthology short story – and her fellow writers leapt to her defence.   Back in 2009, Justine Larbalestier pointed out that white girl on… Continue reading #YesGayYA… and #YesGayMG too