Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity, Review | 0 comments

Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young – Book Review by Kelly Matsuura  From the Blurb: When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with...

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Why stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about writing characters from diverse backgrounds: their story doesn’t have to be about being different. Once upon a time literature was overwhelmed by straight, white, able men and occasionally women. In response, a diverse and inclusive culture had to break through the barrier of expectation. We had to come out, explode forth, and express ourselves as the new freak nation. Fighting to find a place in culture, we had to announce our difference, explain, re-explain and declare our right to be different and a part of the culture all too keen to place us in tidy...

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Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman – Book Review

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in LGBTQIA, Review | 1 comment

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman – Book Review by Stevie Schafer Alex As Well is a novel that fearlessly explores sex, gender, and sexuality through the eyes of an intersex teen. Alex makes a decision about her identity. The problem is Alex’s parents don’t support her decision. The story unfolds predominately through Alex’s fiercely independent voice as she stridently makes decisions and sculpts her own identity, taking it out of her parents’ hands. Alex is fourteen, vibrant, and a kick-arse narrator. Brugman has done a great job crafting Alex’s voice. Alex...

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“Alex As Well” by Alyssa Brugman: A beginning for intersex visibility in YA.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in LGBTQIA | 0 comments

Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens have long been part of an invisible group in young adult literature, but in recent times this group has become increasingly visible. For example, according to Malinda Lo, “55 young adult books published in 2012 include LGBT main characters or are about LGBT people.” Clearly this number remains pitifully low, but it’s a start. But there are a lot of people who identify under the broad umbrella of LGBTQIA (an acronym we could expand more inclusively to use most of the alphabet) who continue to remain mostly invisible in young adult literature. This includes...

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Malinda Lo – Profile of an Author

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Author Profiles, LGBTQIA, Resources | 0 comments

  Malinda Lo – Profile of an Author by Holly Kench   Malinda Lo is most well known for her novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, and its prequel Huntress. She has also written a more recent contemporary science-fiction thriller, Adaptation, which has a sequel coming up this year. We’ve noted Malinda Lo’s fiction a few times on Visibility Fiction, for example in the post by Allegra Davis about LGBTQ characters in YA and why they matter. However, today I would like to talk more about her online non-fiction work. I’ve been a fan of Malinda Lo since her early work as a writer and...

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – Book Review

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity, Review | 0 comments

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – Book Review by Tsana Dolichva From the Blurb: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, first caught my attention when it was discussed on the Galactic Suburbia podcast a while ago. Although it’s...

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