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Borders has gone bankrupt and other larger booksellers seem to be on their last legs, but some LGBT bookstores are still holding on to hope that their community-building statuses will prevent more closures.
Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Outwrite Books in Atlanta, told Public Broadcasting:
“What it does mean is that we have to find creative ways to get people into our store, and creative ways to reach our community…Outwrite has been able to stay afloat because they’ve focused on building a strong customer base through their involvement with the LGBT community.” [PublicBroadcasting]
‘The Power Within’ Comic A Resource for Bullied Youth: Writer Charles “Zan” Christensen and artist Mark Brill have produced a comic dealing with one of the biggest youth issues of our time: teen bullying and suicide. The story follows a high schooler named Shannon who is tormented by his peers and told by the adults in his life that he should make an attempt to be more like the stereotypical boy. Shannon’s alter-ego makes an appearance every time a situation gets sticky, but it might not be enough to save him from these potentially deadly altercations.
Youth service organizations and teachers’ groups can request a free copy of the comic from Northwest Press. The book includes contact information for The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and the It Gets Better Project. [PrismComics]
SF Public Library Hosts Another LGBT Literary Speed Dating Event: After a successful first installment in February, speed dating night returned to the San Francisco Public Library on August 2nd for LGBT daters. [SFAppeal]
Coon Rapids Woman Pens Humorous Murder Mystery: Publishing company Midnight Ink has just released a thriller written by Jessie Chandler called Bingo Barge Murder. The novel, which is Chandler’s first, features a lesbian coffee shop owner who tries to solve a murder mystery.
“I hope to expose folks to not only a lesbian main character, but to humor,” Chandler told ABC Newspapers. “I hope to give someone a break from their day and from their cares of the world.” [ABCNewspapers]
10 Books Every LGBT Parent Should Read: Bay Windows presents an assortment of great reads for LGBT parents and their children. [BayWindows]
Why Society Must Alter How We Talk to Kids –A Gay Dad’s Perspective: When David Greenwood’s daughter was asked where her mother was by a Trader Joe’s employee, he was inspired to write this insightful piece about how assumptions harm those who don’t fit the “norm.” [HuffingtonPost]
Op-Ed: Gay History is Everyone’s History: In this op-ed, Mark Satterlee defends the FAIR Education Act that was recently signed into law in the state of California by Gov. Jerry Brown. Satterlee wrote:
“Gay and straight students need to know that Leonardo Da Vinci, Alexander the Great, Alan Turing and Martina Navratilova were and are gay so that straight students can see that these are important historic people who accomplished great things in their own right. They need to know they were gay so that they can gain a clear, complete picture of real people and not ridiculous stereotypes.” [BurbankLeader]