A friend of mine just posted this on Facebook for the Transgender Day of Remembrance so I thought I’d share it with you. I think the “Show Your Support” section is particularly important. It’s not enough that we label ourselves allies and treat our trans* friends with respect, we need to challenge prejudiced views when we hear them.
Trans* rights are often seen as “the next frontier” and we at Out on the Shelves are actively working to support these groups by building our trans* collection. Come check out our books, or go to a Transgender Day event near you and show your support!
(I’d just like to add, as a nerdy librarian, that I love this term: trans*. That truncation asterisk is some proper Boolean logic! Right on!)
The New York Times recently put up a fantastic multimedia post on its website focusing on youth coming out. Check it out and come look in our library for books on coming out!
Qmunity was contacted by author Sky Croft, who asked us to spread the word about her new lesbian romance novel, Amazonia.
Here’s the synopsis:
What happens when you finally find the woman of your dreams, but your twin sister despises her?
Amazonian twin sisters Shale and Kale are as different as night from day, but they have an unbreakable bond–a bond that is tested to its limit when their tribe is brutally slaughtered by an unknown assailant. Seeking revenge, redemption, and a new place to call home, the twin warriors travel to another tribe, where they find an ally in Blake, an Amazon princess. Shale and Blake form an instant connection, much to Kale’s obvious unease.
As Shale strives to make friends and fit into their new tribe, a matter made all the more difficult by jealous rivals, power struggles, and her forthright twin, she must also let down her guard to Blake and surrender her heart, a most unnatural task for a warrior.When the deadly assailant suddenly reappears, not only is the blossoming love between Shale and Blake threatened, but the lives of the entire tribe. Will these warring Amazons find common ground and ultimately unite? Or will the entire Amazon nation fall?
A photo (estimated to have been taken in 1859) has recently surfaced of two women who look an awful lot like Emily Dickinson and Kate Scott Turner, who is rumoured to have been Dickinson’s lover. Some researchers believe the rumour, and don’t these two look crazy in love? No? Well, maybe people just had fewer facial expressions back then.
The Globe and Mail just reported on a study by GLAAD that found “said there are 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender roles, accounting for 4.4 per cent of the 701 characters in scripted dramas and sitcoms on the five US broadcast networks. The number of LGBT roles on cable television also increased this season to 61, the group added.”
Well, 4.4 is better than zero, right?
Photo credit: Alex Rose/Fox