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The evolution of LGBTQ characters in Y.A. lit

There’s a great piece in The Atlantic about how LGBTQ characters have changed over the years. We no longer live in a society where all books about and for gay kids have to focus on the coming out process, or understanding that some people are gay and some are not. Homophobia no longer dictates every… Read more »

The Gay Jackie Robinson: Who Will Be First?

Some pretty interesting nuggets about the whole “gays in sports” thing recently. Mike Freeman at CBSsports.com reported that he’s been hearing rumblings about a current NFL player who is ready to come out and who plans to keep playing after doing so. If that were to happen, that player would be the first in one… Read more »

Texting and Driving

I’m taking a quick timeout from LGBTQ issues and teen issues and writing issues to talk about something that has long bugged me. I’ve decided to issue a challenge to my readers, and that challenge is to see if we can in a small way do something about texting and driving. I know. It’s terrible… Read more »

Labels

I am a gay man. I am a Colorado Rockies fan. I am a lover of the show Arrested Development. All of these things are labels. Together they paint an (odd) picture of an entire person. Each time I take one out and replace it with another (remove Rockies fan, add Donna Summer) an entirely… Read more »

What I learned visiting schools

I’ve just returned from a week of school visits in the New York area. In five days, I visited five schools. I’m exhausted and I have a lot to accomplish this week, but I wanted to start the week by sharing some of the lessons I learned from the visits. 1) Kids are great. I… Read more »

Better Nate Than Ever

Books excite me. There, I said it. I’m a book nerd. I get especially excited by books that take me to new places, as well as books that introduce me to characters I really want to spend time with. Enter 13-year-old Nate Foster in Tim Federle’s fantastic debut novel “Better Nate Than Ever,” which this… Read more »

The 7 Deadly Sins of Young Adult Dialogue

Yesterday morning, I taught a class at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference in one of my favorite subjects: dialogue. I love me some dialogue. As an auditory learner, I tend to learn the most from listening. How people speak has a far greater impact on me than how they dress, for example, and I tend to… Read more »

The cool straight guy

When I was in college, I met a guy named Dave. He was a typical guy in a lot of ways; he played football in high school and went out for the team in college; he was in a fraternity, and he was funny and smart. We met in Spanish class. A lot of this… Read more »

When I tell you that I’m gay…

…I am actually NOT telling you about my sex life. This is important. In fact, it’s one of the most misunderstood aspects of gay life. For so much of my life, I’ve felt conflicted about when it is appropriate to tell people about my sexual preference. And rightfully so. It’s complicated. When I tell someone… Read more »

MIT Baseball Team Captain Comes Out

Here’s a story that is very close to my heart: MIT junior Sean Karson, the co-captain of the school’s baseball team, came out to his coaches and teammates last week. The response? Overwhelmingly positive. “It was so supportive, it was ridiculous,” he said.