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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.
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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.
“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!
January 20, 2010At 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, 2010Hearty 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, 2009The 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.
March 17, 200910,000 Dresses and Live Through This have both been listed as finalists in the Lambda Literary Foundation's 21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Congratulations to Marcus, Rex, Sabrina, and every one of the contributors to Live Through This, and we'll be waiting to toast your victory at the awards ceremony on the 26th of May.
March 11, 2009“I think it’s ... inappropriate for them to usurp parental rights by trying to teach these young children basic principles of sexuality and gender identity—maybe even before the parents believe that the children are of an age where that would be appropriate," says Randy Thomas, quoted in the podcast.