At the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) seventh annual Respect Awards in October, one of the honorees will be author and activist Chaz Bono.

The Respect Awards are meant to honor individuals and corporations who have made significant advances in areas like diversity and inclusion.

Bono, who has authored three books, will receive the organization’s “Hero Award.” [LGBTQNation]

Students Staged Event to Combat Prejudice Last Saturday: Last Saturday afternoon, high school students held a special event at their local library in Chattanooga in partnership with the Human Library organization. The event was aimed to reduce prejudice by using real people “you may not have the chance to meet on a regular basis, or in any circumstance other than this unique event” as “books.”

Everyone from a teen mother to a gay pastor was represented. A section of the students’ mission statement read:

“We understand that the world is filled with all sorts of people, and we want to bring different individuals in our community together.”

The event was open to all and there were no admission fees. [Chattanoogan]

‘Let’s Get This Straight’ Increases Understanding of LGBT-Headed Families: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents by Tina Fakhrid-Deen critically examines how intolerance affects every aspect of life for the children of LGBTQ parents while exploring different types of LGBTQ families.

Reviewer Elin Weiss explained:

“While many books and articles focus on children or adults that identify as LGBTQ, this book speaks almost solely about children in LGBTQ families. The book will undoubtedly increase the readers understanding and acceptance of the diversity facing these families while it invokes feelings of empathy.” [Metapsychology]

Are Young Adult Novels Being De-Gayed?: After Elton writer Brent Hartinger responds to the recent Publishers Weekly article by two authors claiming they were asked to “de-gay” their work by explaining that too often, publishers are looking for “tokenism.”

After all, if they’re dropping tons of money on your book, they want to keep risk-taking to a minimum. Though there are a number of successful gay and lesbian books out there, “leading gay characters means book challenges and lost school and library sales.”

In his argument, Hartinger explains that now is the time to pressure publishers to take risks, especially on more commercial works. Until then, our novels will be stuck in the back of Barnes & Noble. [AfterElton]

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