Posts tagged “LGBTQ”

  • Celebrate National Coming Out Day 2013 with Seven Stories

    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!Lecesne_TrevorPBK_large

    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.

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  • August 5, 2013

    Just a couple days ago Huffington Post, YouTube, MSN, Democratic Underground, and a slew of other websites re-posted Katie Vyktoriah’s, stay-at-home mom and blogger of, blog post, “What Happened When My Son Wore A Pink Headband To Walmart.”

    Vyktoriah’s two-year-old son, Dexter, decided to wear a pink headband to Wal-Mart, and while shopping, a man asked her if that was a boy. She responded yes. He then reached forward, threw off his headband, and after the mother had intervened asking him to never touch her son again, the man responded with: “Your son is a f*cking fa***t.” However before he left, he remarked, “He’ll get shot for it one day.”

    Her article goes on to discuss her feelings after this incident and explores the issue of homophobia in our country. Her fear’s of this kind of behavior and people viewing members of the LGBTQ community as “lesser.” Her story and feelings regarding it, is an example of why James Lecesne, one of the founders of the Trevor Project, and author of Trevor created a beautifully written novella depicting a boys struggle with being different, and how he comes to accept it.

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  • Teaching What Makes a Baby

    April 16, 2013

    Seven Stories received the following from a college professor who used Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby in one of her courses:

    “When I put Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby on my university course reading list, I did not know how students would respond. On the first day of class, some were skeptical. Others wondered why I required them to read a children’s book. But in the end, it worked—brilliantly. Contrasted with stereotypical stories of conception that are commonplace in our culture, What Makes a Baby gives learners a delightfully diverse, child appropriate (and adult appreciated), and inclusive vision of family and sex education.”

    Dr. Carla Rice, Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender and Relationships, University of Guelph


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  • James Lecesne and Laurie Rubin at the 92nd Street Y!

    March 22, 2013

    James Lecesne, author of Trevor: A Novella and creator of The Trevor Project, hosted Queer in America, an event in which authors discussed how they’re making it better for LGBTQ youth on Monday, March 18th at the 92nd Street Y. The sold out event featuring  Laurie Rubin (Do You Dream in Color?, Seven Stories Press), Amy Bloom (Come to Me, HarperCollins), Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Picador),Paul Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet), and Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scholastic Press), was a complete success. James shared this picture with us (left to righjames lecesne 92nd street yt are Jenny Taira, Laurie Rubin, James Lecesne, Paul Rudnick, and Brian Selznick):

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  • Transgender Kids in the News

    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.

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  • Q&A With What Makes a Baby Author Cory Silverberg

    March 11, 2013

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    There are a lot of books out there that explain the facts of life. Why did you want to write one?

    Partly because I disagree with the facts as they are usually presented! The“facts of life”usually mean the facts of only some people’s lives, and really they end up meaning the facts of some idealized life that no one actually lives. So I wanted to write a book for kids about where they came from that would more closely represent the actual story. I’d like to think this is the book Mrs. G would write.

    What Makes a Baby is surprisingly funny in parts (I hadn’t ever thought of the uterus as funny before your book). Was it important to you to make the book humorous?

    I wanted to write a book that both adults and kids would actually want to read. So much sex education is well meaning but has a feel of required reading to it.

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  • What Makes a Baby Reader’s Guide

    March 8, 2013

    Download the PDF.
     WMAB Reader's Guide Reader’s Guide for Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby. Great for parents and educators!

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  • Interview in Teen Vogue with The Trevor Project founder James Lecesne on his new book Trevor

    August 29, 2012

    “Since the nineties, The Trevor Project has supported lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through its nationwide, around-the-clock telephone helpline. By providing confidential, one-on-one guidance, the organization works to prevent suicides and offer crisis intervention. Over the past two decades, a lot has changed: same-sex marriage is now legal in seven states (plus the District of Columbia), and this year, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to declare his support. The Trevor Project has evolved, too—adding digital services such as TrevorChat.

    Though we’re living in a new political and digital age, the spirit of The Trevor Project has remained constant. At the heart of the organization is the fictional character of Trevor, a gay thirteen-year-old boy who tries to take his own life after he gets bullied. Despite the severity of the topic, Trevor’s story is not a sad, cautionary tale—it’s about love and resilience.

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