Posts tagged “10000 dresses”
March 18, 2013
In recent years, transgender rights have been becoming more and more a part of public consciousness. From laws disallowing discrimination in matters of housing and employment to growing rights around public accommodation such as being able to use bathrooms of one’s chosen gender, the needs of people who fall outside the gender binary are being acknowledged.
Many transgender people become aware of their status at a very early age. Some children identify as the opposite gender than the one they were assigned at birth almost as soon as they begin to talk. For these children who know deeply who they are, the difficult part is often making those around them aware of their identity and needs. Some school districts have taken steps in the right direction, letting transgender children use their chosen name and gender on forms and in classrooms, use the bathroom of their choosing, and not letting anyone know about the child’s assigned gender unless the child chooses to disclose it themselves.
February 16, 2012
“..my favourite transgender book for any age group. 10,000 Dresses is a simple, powerful book and when I show it to my students or at talks I give, people inevitably respond very well to it and find it moving.”
February 6, 2012
Focus on the Family has recently published an article criticizing the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) “Ready, Set, Respect!” elementary toolkit, which features 10,000 Dresses. While FoF submits that “the material includes some things we can all agree with—like protecting children against bullying and stopping name-calling”, they find offense because “the toolkit doesn’t seem to advocate much ‘respect’ for parents who don’t want schools promoting things like same-sex marriage and cross-dressing to children against their will.”
June 28, 2010
June 28, 2010, 10:30 am to 1 p.m.. at the American Library Association Conference. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
June 27, 2010
June 27, 2010, 8-10 a.m. at the American Library Association Conference. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
“I don’t think it’s right for anyone to tell my little child that it’s okay for brother to wear 10,000 dresses”
April 22, 2010
We were honored to learn that Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray’s illustrated children’s book, 10,000 Dresses, was recently recommended by the organization Alameda C.A.R.E. — or “Community Alliance Resource for Education,” a group which provides support and legal advocacy for LGBT children in the Alameda school district — for inclusion in the anti-bullying curriculum required for all K-5 students in Alameda schools. And we are further honored, in a queasier sort of way, to learn that the Pacific Justice Institute — which, in Ed Meese’s estimation, “fills a critical need on the West Coast for those whose civil liberties are threatened” — has decided that Ewert and Ray’s work is harmful those same K-5 students that C.A.R.E. wants to protect, and apparently many people in the Alameda community have decided to agree.
February 5, 2010
Rainbow Rumpus — “the magazine for kids with LGBT parents” — has written not one, but two excellent reviews of Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray’s 10,000 Dresses: one for kids, and one for parents. Check them out, and congratulations yet again to Marcus and Rex!
January 20, 2010
At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston from January 15-18, 2010, the Seven Stories Press table was set up next to a large display of socks in all colors and sizes. Four for ten dollars, ten for twenty, mix and match: this was the refrain I heard throughout the day from my neighbor at the sock table, along with the question from the librarians: whatever possessed you to sell socks at a library convention?
That my neighbor sold hundreds, thousands of socks to these same questioners isn’t the point. He could have done as much at any other convention, and probably done better financially as well. Libraries are cutting budgets across the nation, starting with travel allotments, and attendance was down significantly from previous midwinter ALA events. In the shadow of the September 2009 scare about the Philadelphia Free Library closing its doors, the survival of libraries is more than ever in doubt—both financially, and in terms of those in power losing respect for a library’s basic mission.
January 20, 2010
Hearty congratulations to Marcus Ewert, Rex Ray, and young Bailey for 10,000 Dresses, which has just been named a Stonewall Honor Book in the Children’s and Young Adult Literature category by the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee. See the press release here — and if you haven’t already, take a look at the book itself from Seven Stories.
10,000 Dresses promoted by Massachusetts Family Institute, plus a call to action on the “Bathroom Bill”
August 11, 2009
The Massachusetts Family Institute: on the one hand, providing excellent free publicity for Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray’s 10,000 Dresses, on the other, fighting against extending hate crime protections to transgendered people in Massachusetts. To read more about the issue — and to find out how to take action — read within.