I have to start this post with Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. I grew up in a community that was ‘sheltered’ per say but definitely everyone had their own opinion about everything. And it was highly religious (not that there is anything wrong with being a person of faith…I am one and a proud Christian). I had been involved in a lot of community theater so homosexuality wasn’t something I was unfamiliar with but I just had a few gay guy friends and I didn’t worry too much about their lives.
I am grateful for this book because it made me shake my views of homosexuality. Before, I didn’t really care about my gay friends and about their struggles and I rarely even saw them outside of the theater where they were largely accepted. Instead, it opened my eyes to a new community where gay people were…SHOCKER…just people. They went through the same things that I did as a straight girl and then again, they went through a lot of hell to be the person they were. Some endured too much. Others didn’t have a problem. But by and large, this book taught me that tolerance isn’t really enough. It taught me about acceptance and about welcoming everyone in my life on equal levels.
I am hoping to get a copy at ALA! I have to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leslea Neman recently wrote a book which will be published in September of this year, almost 14 years after Matthew Shepard’s death, called October Mourning. It is a novel in verse and it is her response tot he events of that day. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, we will be giving away an ARC copy of October Mourning via Rafflecopter.