Posts tagged “lgbt”
October 21, 2013
This week marks the one year anniversary of the publication of Laurie Rubin’s awe-inspiring memoir, Do You Dream of Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight.
Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle school student to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and inspiration drawn from everyday challenges. Beginning with her childhood in California, Rubin tells the story of her life and the amazing experiences that led her to a career as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano.
Laurie shared her insights to writing, performing, and creating her memoir and music with Seven Stories Press and her readers:
What advice do you have for young people who want to write, sing, or pursue their creative talents?
I would tell them to go for it! Many people stop themselves from going after the things they want to do because they believe they’re pipe dreams.
October 11, 2013
Today is the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day!
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out! NCOD was founded in 1988 and the date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Celebrate National Coming Out Day by reading one of our titles that celebrate love and acceptance!
Trevor: A Novella by James Lecesne (now out in paperback with a foreword by David Levithan)
The story that inspired The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth.
Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year old. So how come, when he takes that nerve-wrecking turn toward his locker at school, does he feel scared and alone? Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you.
Tags: 10000 dresses, acceptance, cory silverberg, Do You Dream in Color, fiona smyth, hello cruel world, James Lecesne, kate bornstein, laurie rubin, lgbt, lgbt issues, LGBTQ, love, marcus ewert, national coming out day, reading list, rex ray, Trevor, what makes a baby?
October 11, 2013
With National Coming Out Day having just past and GLAAD Spirit Day just around the corner, we’re happy that the Philadelphia Family Pride website has posted a wonderful review of What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg.
Robin Matthews applauds the book’s ability to explain conception and birth using gender neutral language and leaves room for all experiences, so that all families can talk to their children about how their family came to be!
And, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t love reviews that include quotes like these:
“This book, I swear to you, has changed my life. Dramatic? A little. But also true.”
“Our family needed this book. Your family needs this book. In fact, I can’t think of a family that doesn’t need this book. Luckily (and at long last) we can all have it.”
For more information on the Philadelphia Family Pride organization
For more information on Cory Silverberg.
September 17, 2013
Seven Stories author, Luis Negrón, recently did an interview with The Short Form about his story collection, Mundo Cruel. During the interview, Negrón discusses his book, his writing style, how he spends his time, and his suggestions for readers and writers. Below are some excerpts from the interview:
Interviewer: Despite the title of the book, Mundo Cruel, there’s a lot of humor in your collection. “We’ve learned how to survive and be happy no matter what” is what you’ve said of the gay culture we find in your stories. On the other hand, there’s a great deal of cruelty in your essay “The Pain of Reading,” it’s almost like a prelude to your collection, would you agree?
Negrón: Yes, this essay probably is the background to Mundo Cruel. For the boy in the essay to survive he needs to adapt to his misery. That is why I say we have learned how to be happy no matter what.
July 10, 2013
For anyone who doubts the demand for a children’s book on social justice, with an all-inclusive view of reproduction, the SF Bay Guardian would direct you towards What Makes a Baby author Cory Silverberg’s hugely successful crowdfunding campaign to get the book published – Silverberg raised $65,000 in just one month.
The idea for What Makes a Baby arose from the author’s observation that existing resources for parents to teach their young children where they came from are heterosexual and gender binary-based, and so automatically exclude many families and children. Silverberg’s fundraising campaign allowed LGBT parents to prove the demand for a children’s book inclusive to all families, without qualifiers such as orientation or gender identity.
Dr. Sonja Mackenzie, a faculty member at San Francisco State University and queer parent of two, says that What Makes a Baby “is beyond what we have ever seen represented in children’s books,” and another Bay Area mother, Vicki Hudson, adds that the book ”enables many different types of families to feel represented.
June 9, 2013What Makes a Baby Toronto Book Launch Sunday, June 9th @ 3pm The Academy of the Impossible 231 Wallace Ave Toronto, ON
Join author Cory Silverberg and illustrator Fiona Smyth on Sunday, June 9th at the Academy of the Impossible for the Toronto book launch of their new picture book What Makes a Baby.
Geared to readers from pre-school to 8 years old, it teaches curious kids about conception, gestation, and birth in a way that works regardless of whether or not the kid in question was adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, at home or in a clinic, through surrogacy, or the old fashioned way, and regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition. Just as important, the story doesn’t gender people or body parts, so most parents and families will find that it leaves room for them to educate their child without having to erase their own experience.
June 1, 2013What Makes a Baby New York Book Launch Saturday, June 1st @ 2:30pm Bank Street Books Broadway & 112th St New York, NY
On Saturday, June 1st, Cory Silverberg will be at Bank Street Books to celebrate the launch of his new book, What Makes a Baby.
Most books about where babies come from leave many of us out. They tell a nice story (mommy + daddy + intercourse = you!) but the truth is that more and more of us are acknowledging the help we get to bring children into our lives. That help might be a doctor, fertility clinic, adoption or foster agency; it might be a turkey baster and a friend; it might be a sperm donor or a surrogate. What Makes a Baby helps parents tell children a story about where they came from that isn’t just true for them, but true for everyone.
Join Cory for a kid-friendly afternoon filled with reading, coloring (pulled straight from the pages of What Makes a Baby), food, drink, and discussions about where babies—all babies—come from.
May 20, 2013Luis Negrón Book Tour Monday, May 20th @ 7:00pm Book Soup LA 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
Author Luis Negrón will be at Book Soup in LA on Monday, May 20th to read from his debut collection Mundo Cruel.
In the collection Lambda Literary Magazine calls “a study in verve, sass, and voice, peppered with a dash of spirituality,” Negrón’s stories capture a picture of life a small community in Puerto Rico. He examines not only gay life, but the human condition across all boards. Smart, funny, and heart-wrenching, these nine stories reveal a mastery of language that leaves you wanting more.
Luis Negrón will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings. To find out more information about the event, visit the Book Soup event page.
What Makes a Baby: “A story about where we’re from tells us where we are—and where we should be going”
May 7, 2013
What Makes a Baby, on sale May 21st, written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, offers answers to every child’s question about how they came to be— however it is they came to be!
In a recent review by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic, Silverberg is praised for “includ[ing] all children, regardless of whether they have a mommy and daddy who had sex, or adopted them, or whether they have two mommies, or two daddies, or (as Silverberg mentioned in the guide) a trans daddy who gave birth to them, or any of a myriad of other possibilities. The book, then, tries not to impose one truth, but rather to open up possibilities and conversations.”
To read the full review, go to The Atlantic online. This truly inclusive explanation of the birds and the bees is available in stores in two weeks!
April 11, 2013Luis Negrón and Suzanne Jill Levine Book Event Sponsored by the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division Thursday, April 11th @ 7:00pm Strange Loop Gallery 27 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Author Luis Negrón and translator Suzanne Jill Levine will be at the Strange Loop Gallery on Thursday, April 11th to read from Mundo Cruel, Negrón’s debut collection of short stories.
Nine short stories, expertly translated, open a door into working class Santurce, Puerto Rico, where shoddy medical offices, Catholic churches, Mormon temples, and Santeria storefronts line the sunbaked streets. Here, a bumbling prostitute-turned-fugitive bewilderingly avoids capture. Back-biting mothers hand down judgment on their neighbors and the world at large from their front lawns. A desperate dog-owner will do anything to have his precious animal sent to a taxidermist. A young Chosen One with a curious gift helps his fellow parishioners find God.
Both author and translator will be available for question and answer, as well as book signings.