Starting today, in New York, same-sex couples can marry. This is great, but I still can’t figure out why so many people are so opposed to same-sex marriages and same-sex relationships. But, I’m glad, as a country, we’re moving in the right direction. Though I am supportive of same-sex relationships, I realize that I know little about the difficulties gay teens face in a society that has not always been open to homosexuality. Here is a site I found of recommended teen books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters and themes. I plan to enlighten myself and I invite you to do the same.
I know this subject may be difficult for some and offensive to others, but I believe in the power of books to help all of us understand the realities of ourselves and others. I also believe in humor and its power to help open our hearts to the fact that people deserve to be who they are.
Here’s a clip by Wanda Sykes and her take on how it would be if you had to come out about being black. It’s funny and it makes you think.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Beyonce,Avril Lavigne and Chris Brown. But guys, there is a whole world out there and we need to listen to it.
Lila Downs/ El Feo
Ellington Was Not Always A Street
Ntozake Shange and Kadir Nelson
My Favorite Books
Anne of Green Gables,The Giver,Heir Apparent
The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Series of Unfortunate Events, Fever 1793,The Vile Victorians, Schooled,Bud- Not Buddy,The Watsons Go To Birmingham,The Penderwicks on Gardam Street,The Skin I'm In,Kiss My Book,Cecile-Gates of Gold, Saba-Under the Hyena's Foot,Thank You Lucky Star