A New Title for Melissa's Story

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021The cover of Alex Gino's book George with the title George crossed out in black and replaced with the words Melissa's Story.

Alex Gino's debut novel was a hit from the start.  With four starred reviews and a number of honors including a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, both critics and readers loved the story of Melissa, a middle grade girl who was then named George.  That book, of course, was George, which, since its release in 2015, has been a staple of LGBTQ+ reading lists, especially for young people.  But, as Gino has explained, this iconic book of support for the trans community is not without its flaws.

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2021 Lambda Literary Awards

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Lambda Literary Awards celebrates works that explore LGBT themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography. The Lambda Literary Foundation states that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians—the whole literary community." The awards were instituted in 1988.

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Underated YA Books to Read This Pride Month


Friday, June 12th, 2020

Recommending books to teenagers during Pride month is always my favorite. As someone who reads and loves queer literature year-round, I love that there's an entire month every year where people are extra excited to get their hands on books about the LGBTQ+ community. We've all heard of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and while these are great books to start with, this year I wanted to share some of my favorite lesser known books to read this June.

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It's Pride Month

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As many of you likely already know, June is Pride Month. What you might not know, though, is that the very first "pride" was actually a riot to protest police violence against the gay community. A black trans woman threw a brick and history was made. A lot has changed since then. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was instituted and repealed. AIDS, a disease that ravaged the gay community and nearly wiped out an entire generation is now a manageable condition.

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