Elissa Sussman

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On Poisoned Apples, the "Great YA Debate," and the Death of the Patriarchy

anneursu:

My friend Christine Heppermann’s book POISONED APPLES: POEMS FOR YOU MY PRETTY released this week. This collection is an unabashedly feminist look at girls, body image, and eating disorders told through the lens of fairy tales, designed for young adults.

The book is arriving at an interesting…

A confession: It took me a long time to like other ladies, much less being a lady myself.

I was “that girl” in high school — the one that is exactly like all the other girls who “aren’t like other girls.” I confused wanting to beat the boys with wanting to be the boys, and ended up mostly beating up on myself for being unsuccessful at both. Test scores, toughness, tequila shots — you name it, I wanted to win it (and instead fell victim to my lesser math skills and body weight).

—   A little confession about the way YA literature and its community made me realize that internalized misogyny sucks, plus a request for your help with my new project, “Badass Ladies You Should Know.” You can win copies of Poisoned ApplesWildlife, or Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future!
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blackpeopledoshittoo:

iluvsouthernafrica:

South Africa:

Young ladies train in Ballet in Soweto through The Joburg Ballet Development Programme

Photos by Madelene Cronje.

Brilliant

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sushinfood:

goofle:

She wears short skirts I wear t-shirts and we’re both getting sent home from school because its distracting to boys apparently

okay this one made me laugh

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DiYA's Middle Grade Month Giveaway

diversityinya:

Although Diversity in YA focuses on young adult books, we couldn’t help but notice the great diverse middle grade titles out this year, so we decided to spend a full month focused on these books! October 2014 is Middle Grade Month here at DiYA and to kick it off we’re giving away 15 books from…

Here's How You Can Help Homeless LGBTQ Youth

lgbtqblogs:

In light of the recent public outpouring of support for Daniel Pierce, a teen violently disowned by his family after a “delayed intervention,” now is the perfect time to consider helping out your local LGBTQ homelessness center. As organizations like the Center for American Progress and the Williams Institute have documented, LGBTQs make up roughly 40% of the homeless youth population (in case you missed it, Rolling Stone features an in-depth look at the subject this month).

Let’s take this opportunity to join Pierce, who says he’ll donate a portion of his GoFundMe campaign to the Lost-n-Found Youth center in Atlanta, in continuing to raise awareness and support for one of the most pressing issues our community faces.

After the break you’ll find a hyperlinked list of LGBTQ shelters and help centers focused on homeless and at-risk youth, organized by region.* Please add to the list in the comments section, and I’ll use your suggestions to create an even more comprehensive list.

National

The National Runaway Switchboard


Alabama

Alabama GLBT Mentors


Alaska

Identity, Inc.


Arizona

1in10

Wingspan


Arkansas

Lucie’s Place

NWA Center for Equality


California

Pacific Center

Stonewall Alliance Center

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

San Diego LGBT Community Center

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach

Sacramento LGBT Community Center

The LGBTQ Youth Space

Reach LA


Colorado

The Center

Urban Peak


Connecticut

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective

True Colors


Florida

ALSO Youth

Compass

JASMYN

Orlando Youth Alliance

Pridelines Youth Services

The Alliance

The Pride Center

Sunshine Social Services

Zebra Coalition


Georgia

The CHRIS Rainbow Program

YouthPride

Lost-N-Found


Illinois

Project Fierce

UCAN Chicago

Affinity Youth Services

The UP Center of Champaign County

Howard Brown Health Center


Indiana

Indiana Youth Group


Iowa

United Action for Youth


Kentucky

Lexington GSA


Louisiana

Juvenile Justice Project

LGBT Community Center of New Orleans


Maine

Maine Youth Network

Maryland

Rainbow Youth Alliance

GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland


Massachusetts

Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth

Boston GLASS Community Center

The Home for Little Wanderers


Michigan

The Neutral Zone

Ruth Ellis Center

TransYouth Family Allies

Ozone House


Minnesota

Avenues for Homeless Youth

RECLAIM!

OutFront

The Bridge for Youth

The Family Partnership

GLYSMN

Shades of Yellow


Missouri

Growing American Youth

Kansas City Passages

LIKEME Lighthouse


Montana

The Center


Nevada

The Center


New Jersey

Crossroads Program

The Pride Center

Newark LGBTQ Center


New Mexico

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico


New York

Trinity Place

Ali Forney Center

New Alternatives

Safe Horizon Streetwork Project

The Audre Lorde Project

HEAT

New Alternatives

Gay Alliance

Pride Center of the Capital Region

Green Chimneys

The Door

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Pride Center of Staten Island

Fierce


North Carolina

Haven House Services

LGBT Center of Raleigh

iNSIDEoUt

Time Out Youth


Ohio

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Rainbow Area Youth

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

OKCYU

Openarms Youth Project

Youth Services of Tulsa


Oregon

SMYRC

Outside In


Pennsylvania

The Attic Youth Center


Rhode Island

Youth Pride Inc.


South Carolina

We Are Family


South Dakota

Black Hills Center for Equality Inc.

The Center for Equality


Tennessee

OutCentral

Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center


Texas

Out Youth

Youth First Resource Center


Utah

Utah Pride Center

Volunteers of America


Vermont

Spectrum

Outright Vermont


Virginia

Rosmy


Washington

United Indians of All Tribes

YouthCare

Lambert House

Oasis Youth Center


Washington, DC

Advocates for Youth

SMYAL

TGEA


Wisconsin

LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin

MKE LGBT Community Center

*This list was created with the help of Ryan Berg, who is currently writing a book about LGBTQ youth homelessness, forthcoming with Nation Books. You can find samples of his work here.

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smartgirlsattheparty:

morganoperandi:

allthebeautifulthings9828:

Guys, look. They finally made a baby stroller for wheelchair-bound mothers. This is so important.

My wife is a physical therapist.  She started tearing up when I showed this to her.

This is so lovely. 

AMAZING!