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Two novellas nominated for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards contain gay themes: Laird Barron’s Mysterium Tremendum (Occultation, Night Shade) and Peter Dubé’s Subtle Bodies (Lethe Press). The award recognizes outstanding works of literature dealing with horror, suspense, or dark fantasy. [Source]
Book About Gay Penguins Tops ‘Most Challenged’ List – Again: And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book based on the true story of two gay penguins that raised a young female penguin together in Central Park, is once again on the American Library Association’s list of most frequently challenged books. The book, written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, has held a spot on the list for the past five years after being criticized by cultural conservatives for promoting homosexuality. [NYDailyNews]
Both of the 2011 Poetry Society of America, Shelley Memorial Award Winners — Joan Larkin and Rigoberto González — are queer. The Shelley Memorial Award is awarded to a living American poet, selected with reference to his or her genius and need, by a jury of three poets—one appointed by the President of Radcliffe, one by the president of the University of California at Berkeley, and one by the PSA Board of Governors. Previous winners include Eileen Myles, Lucille Clifton, and Yusef Komunyakaa. [Source]
Former Newsman Charles Perez Bares All in Confessions of a Gay Anchorman: After being fired from his job on the news team at WPLG 10, Miami’s ABC affiliate, Charles Perez struck back at his allegedly homophobic coworkers in his new autobiography. In an interview with the Miami New Times, he offers advice for LGBT people in broadcasting, talks about growing up as a gay Latino, and gives details about his No Shame project. [MiamiNewTimes]
New Picture Books by Gay Authors Focus on Working Parents: Arthur Levine’s Monday Is One Day is an inclusive children’s book about working parents. Comprised of a long poem from a working parent to a child, the story features families of different races, ages, sexualities, and marital statuses.
While celebrity Chef Cat Cora’s A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy is a children’s book about a mother who travels around the country for work and her son. [BayWindows]
Gay Passion of Christ Series Runs Online: A three-week blog series featuring a gay portrayal of Christ’s Passion can be found at the Jesus in Love Blog. The artwork in each daily post is created by New York painter Douglas Blanchard while the text is by Los Angeles- based lesbian author Kittredge Cherry. In the series, images depict Jesus as a modern day gay man facing homophobic tirades and angry fundamentalists.
“We are posting the gay Passion series to make Christ more accessible to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and our allies,” Cherry said. “Christ’s story is for everyone, but queer people often feel left out because conservatives use Christian rhetoric to justify hate and discrimination.” [GoQNotes]
FAIR Bill Puts LGBT in History Books: The California Senate has passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination protections while teaching public school students about contributions made by LGBT people. Written by Senator Mark Leno, the bill’s proponents hope that through education, bullying of gay youth will decrease. [NBC-LA]