In author David-Matthew Barnes’ second YA novel, Alex Bainbridge is an Armenian-American boy attempting to cope with his mother’s suicide and life in a small town where being openly gay is difficult. [IanyanMag]

Tennessee School Bans All Mention of Homosexuality:  Rossville Christian Academy in Tennessee has forbid its staff and students to make any mention of homosexuality. According to SheWired, the policy states:

“Homosexuality is forbidden in scripture (Romans 1:27, Leviticus 18:22).  A staff member or student who promotes, engages in, or identifies himself/herself with such activity through any word or action shall be in violation of this policy.  Should the administration determine a violation of this policy, the person involved will be subject to disciplinary action with the possibility of permanent dismissal.  Any applicant who is not in compliance with this policy will not be admitted.”

What makes the policy even worse is that one student’s parent believes that the policy change was enacted to silence one known gay student in the 300-student school. [SheWired]

Lesbian, Bisexual and Gender Bending Characters on Tap at Holiday Box Office: Fans of Stieg Larsson’s bisexual Lisbeth Salander should check out the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film and these two other recent movies with lesbian leads. [SheWired]

Building Gay Self-Esteem Through History: Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim reflects on the ravaging effects of the AIDS crisis when she first began reporting, the success of the Chicago Gay History Project, and the importance of LGBT heroes for young gays and lesbians. [WindyCityMedia]



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