The deceased Benjamin Spock’s latest edition of his beloved and trusted parenting book, Baby and Child Care, has hit shelves. For the first time in its 65 year run, gay and lesbian parents have their own section, as do parents caring for a child with ADHD. [WashingtonPost]

The Case for Gay Bookstores: Ordering or downloading books online has become the norm, but visiting bookstores –especially LGBT bookstores– can be relationship forming and community building. You might even walk out with a book (or two!) that you hadn’t even known existed. Oscar Raymundo writes:

“So if every LGBT bookstore in the world is set to fade (a frightening yet viable possibility), who will proudly stock our queer, oftentimes “unpublishable” stories? Who will help us validate our fight against mainstream censorship? What will be our gayborhoods’ living rooms? Amazon.com certainly won’t.”

A first step? Visiting gay bookstores! Here’s a list of 10 LGBT shops around the world.

Library, Youth Line Partner, OPL Offers Resources to Support City’s Gay Teens: Libraries in Ottawa, Canada, have teamed with Youth Line to help the city’s at-risk LGBT teens. Spurred by the suicide of a gay 15-year-old in the area, Chief Librarian Barb Clubb solidified the partnership this past November. Clubb told the library board:

“With the recent tragic suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, the teen services team worked to show their support and provide resources to the LGBTQ teen community in Ottawa. They arranged to have posters and cards from Youth Line distributed to all branches.” [Emckanata]



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