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Out of the Closet and Onto the Shelves: A Tweetcap of Christie’s GLBTQ Presentation at TLA

Christie presented at TLA this past week with Peter Coyl from Dallas Public Library and David Levithan. Here’s a Tweetcap of their presentation.

#txla14 Come to room 202AB NOW to hear David Levithan, @mz_christie & @petercoyl discuss GLBT Lit pic.twitter.com/sCeWwpdrNP
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

First bk: BETTER NATE THAN EVER by Tim Federle#mglit Stonewall BkAward Boy wants to be in E T the musical. Funny bk, light accessible
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

FIVE SIX SEVEN NATE continues the story of Nate
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Next bk: BRANDED BY THE PINK TRIANGLE by Ken Setterington. Looks at the Holocause& focuses on the persecution of GLBT during this time.
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

Next bk: FAT ANGIE by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo. Angie is dealing w/the loss of her sister. Grief, mental health issues, body issues, family
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Next Bk: BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN by Kirsten Cronn-Mills. Transgender man. Radio show called the ugly children. Gabe/Elizabeth
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Section in back of BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN on Trans Issues, great resources
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

Fluxxis doing really good books in GLBT issues @mz_christie says
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Next bk: TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan. Narrated by “angels”/ghosts/Greek chorus that have died of AIDS who comment to characters
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TWO BOYS KISSING based on part of two boys who for a short time held the Guinness World Record for kissing, they were making a statement
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Next Bk: THE SUMMER PRINCE by AlayaDawn Johnson Set in futuristic Brazil, a Matriarchal society. Sexuality is fluid and accepted.
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

TWO BOYS KISSING: David said he really wanted to include the past and that sense of history.
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Next Bk: RAPTURE PRACTICE by Aaron Hurtzler, based on his true story, very religious family, funny and heartbreaking
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

David Levithan: “Whenyou are living through the shitty parts, you have to find them funny & surreal to survive”
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Next Bk: OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Koening. MC decides in new life to not be poster child for gay & hides it, big twist makes it interesting
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

David Levithan: talking about Glee, I just want Kurt to have 1 moment where he is not the gay one, it doesn’t have to define people
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Next Bk: PROXY by Alex London, two guys but not a romance, one boy stands in proxy 4 the other & has to take punishments of the other
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

GUARDIAN coming out in May is sequel to PROXY
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Next Bk: PANTOMIME by Laura Lam, important because (spoiler!) only yawith an intersex character
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

There were a few more Tweeted to me after this.

Next Bk: MARCO IMPOSSIBLE by Hannah MoskowitzMission Impossible hi jinks, funny, fast read, quirky character
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

Christie then went through and mentioned some GLBT lit in graphic novels

Next Bk: WONDERING SONS by Shimura Takako, graphic novel series, transgender issues, Japanese culture
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

New things coming in GN world: BATWOMAN series, coming back, lesbian
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CONSTANTINE coming back, he is bisexual in the comics
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YOUNG AVENGERS in Marvel has a gay couple, Marvel has lifted it’s ban on gay characters @mz_christie is saying
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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED and RETHINKING NORMAL are complimentary biographies on a couple transitioning, coming soon
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David Levithan: books have to be both windows and mirrors, access points for all possible readers
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Someone in the audience asked about GLBT lit for middle grades

Peter Coyl: not a lot of GLBT for MG, but it’s getting better and Rainbow List organizes by age
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James Howe has also written some GLBT for MG readers
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Someone asked about book challenges and David Levithan reminded us that we have to have the books that ALL kids need, not just the ones that make us feel safe in our jobs.

David Levithan: We can’t let the bkchallengers make the terms or frame the argument, we need to have the bkskids need
— TeenLibrarianToolbox(@TLT16) April 10, 2014

David Levithan: What’s the point of keeping urjob if you’re not going to do your job, don’t let bkchallengers make u forget why u r there
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David Levithan: Every social change happens because people were brave to do it
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Here is a look at some upcoming titles that were mentioned

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