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Buy Libraries a Book for Gay Kids: Steve Berman, the editor of Speaking Out: LGBT Youth Stand Up, an inspirational work for LGBT teens about living openly and fighting intolerance, is raising funds to buy copies of the book for high schools libraries around the country. He estimates that approximately every $10 raised will cover the cost of a book plus shipping expenses. Teachers, libraries, and parents can nominate their schools to be added to the recipient list.
“Please share this campaign–spread the word around,” Berman said. “Too often we hear stories about censorship and taking books off the shelf. Let’s add one instead!” [IndieGogo]
California Schools Struggle to Prepare LGBT Lessons: Even in diversity-friendly schools like Wonderland Avenue Elementary in Los Angeles, educators are struggling to prepare history lessons about LGBT people.
“At this point, I wouldn’t even know where to begin,” Principal Don Wilson, who is openly gay, said.
Though the law goes into effect in January, there continues to be confusion over what should be taught and at what age levels. [Sacbee]
Interview: Gay in America Author Scott Pasfield: The Dallas Voice chatted with Scott Pasfield about his new book, Gay In America, which consists of 140 portraits of gay males and their individual stories, and what he’s learned from the process. [DallasVoice]
Lauren Myracle’s Book Withdrawn from National Book Award: Lauren Myracle, the author of gay-themed YA novel Shine, has withdrawn her work from the 2011 National Book Awards. The reason? It had apparently been shortlisted by mistake!
The author, who also penned YA bestsellers like ttyl and ttfn, said she was “over the moon last week after receiving the call telling me that Shine was a finalist for the award.”
Myracle is now asking the NBF to donate to the Matthew Shepard Foundation “so that something positive might come of this error.” [Reuters]