Marianne K. Martin, author of The Indelible Heart, and Joan Opyr, author of Shaken and Stirred, discuss chosen families, soul-crushing anti-gay environments, and living in a household where alcohol and abuse is pervasive. [Advocate]

‘Stranger’, Young Adult Novel with Gay Hero, Acquired by Publisher: You may recall community outrage over the story of writers Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, who were told by a literary agent to “straightwash” their gay hero in order for their book to be published. The two didn’t back down, and they’ve finally received the happy ending they were waiting for. Viking Penguin has picked up the young adult novel, titled Stranger, and it will hit bookstore shelves in winter 2014.  [Guardian]

New Book Series About LGBT-Headed Families: LGBT-headed and progressive families will welcome Rainbow Rumpus’ latest release, Breaking the Birthday Rules. Written by Nina Powell, it explores the sometimes painful and isolating feeling of not being invited to a classmate’s birthday party. Rainbow Rumpus publishes downloadable books about children with LGBT parents. Stories are crafted to be engaging and relatable for all. [EdgeOntheNet]

‘Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay’ Celebrates Launch at Renberg Theater: If you’ll be in the L.A. area this October, check out the launch event for new book Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay. Authored by Paul Vitagliano, this collection of 100 short stories of LGBT people is an inspiring must-read. The event will be held at The Renberg Theater, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place Hollywood, Calif. The date has been set for Tuesday, October 9 from 8-10 p.m. Pricing and additional details can be found here.

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