• Back in 2009, bloggers cried out against Amazon’s removal of the sales ranks of gay and lesbian titles which the retail giant attributed to a computer glitch and later restored. Now, the Web’s largest retailer has told at least one publisher to pull select yaoi books off the digital shelves of the Kindle store. Yaoi books are mangas that feature romance and sex scenes between men. Meanwhile, Amazon has allowed books like Christmas Creampie, which contain much more explicit heterosexual sex scenes, to remain in store.

Digital Manga Publishing, a company that puts out a number of yaoi lines, posted this statement on its blog:

Several DMP books that have been available online since 2009 are getting the axe, beginning with our 801 Media titles like Weekend Lovers and King of Debt. However, in the last few days the issue has spread to the June imprint by Amazon’s refusal of The Selfish Demon King, and the removal of The Color of Love from the Kindle store. We fear that Amazon may target more of our books for removal so we’re warning all Amazon Kindle store users that providing you with our content may become more difficult in the future. [CBR]

  • A Chat With Katie Omberg: Washington City Paper chats with young creator of Office Bitch and Gay Kid about her LGBT-themed comics, artistic style, and childhood influences. [WashingtonCityPaper]
  • Dead And Well-Read: Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris delves into details about her latest release, the joys of being a writer, and exposing homophobia and other forms of discrimination. [BoulderWeekly]
  • Chaz Bono on His Transition to Manhood: Chaz Bono talks with Good Morning America about the pain of transitioning and rewards of living authentically. In his new book, Transition, Bono wrote:

Finally summoning the courage to act on the essential truth about myself was a deep, dark, and often ugly struggle. I had to relive moments of shame, embarrassment, and pain. And yet, though the struggle to start my transition was as frightening and challenging as climbing Mount Everest, I have written this book to show and share with the world something even more remarkable: ever since my first dose of testosterone, I have never felt so whole, so complete, so happy in my life. And this triumph is what Transition is all about.

To read the full book excerpt, visit ABC News.



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