Posts tagged “marcus ewert”
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?
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 27, 2013
Everyday, children ages five to eighteen spend up to 8 hours in school. It is where they learn about math, history, reading, and writing, but it is also where children learn about social protocol and what it means to be a helpful, productive citizen of the US. As we find ourselves in the an age where issues of freedom of race, economy, religion, and sexuality are part of daily life and daily discussion, where does sexuality and gender identification fit in the school system?
According to a report on TrueTolerance.org, elementary school is no place to discuss gay activism, the new definition of family, or gender identity. In a program called CitizenLink Report, Candi Cushman, educational analyst, examines the educational practices in elementary schools surrounding what she calls “the promotion of homosexual themes and the deconstruction of the meaning of traditional family and marriages”. Cushman refers to books and training programs as being at fault for this misguided education American children are receiving.
June 27, 2012
Toronto Sun News responds to 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert, a children’s book about a little boy who dreams of wearing all sorts of beautiful, original dresses.
Apparently young boys who like dresses are not only cross-dressers (a label not even relevant to the little boy in the book, according to Ewert), but a threat to the the mental well-being of our chidren. Click here if you’re in the mood for some irony, folks.
(While we’re nitpicking over crimes of fashion, note the gun on Kathy Shaidle’s shirt).
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, 2012Focus 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, 2010June 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, 2010June 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, 2010We 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, 2010Rainbow 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!