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Study On Gay-Straight Alliances Reveals Their Benefits

Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are a controversial form of organization that promotes tolerance and education within high schools across North America. Some have been banned by schools that feel they are inappropriate for a youthful setting. However, a new study has finally shown evidence that their benefits are many. Bullying and discrimination at the school level can have many negative effects for LGBT youth, including increased rates of suicide, HIV risk, and dropping out of school. Thus, the study’s findings that GSAs increased grades and college admission rates of their participants, as well as lowered the reported incidences of depression, are highly significant. Continue Reading →

Writing Gay Characters In Young Adult Fiction

Recently, bloggers in the young adult fiction and sci-fi/fantasy writing communities have been spreading the word about the lack of gay characters in young adult fiction–which appears to be deliberate, based on the actions of many agents and publishers in the field. Two published and respected authors, Rachel Manija Brown and Josepha Sherman, were asked by an agent to make a gay character straight, or else remove all references to his sexuality. Brown and Sherman refused, pointing out:

We wrote this novel so that the teenagers we know—some of whom are gay, and many of whom are not white—would be able, for once, to read a fun post-apocalyptic adventure in which they are the heroes. And we were told that such a thing could not be allowed. Other authors have pointed out the problems of writing worlds in which only straight, often white folks get the spotlight. Continue Reading →