How can a book change – or even save – a life?
As my family and I prepare for our Celebration Tour in mid-June, we will be featuring a book-a-day. Each donated book will be gifted to a library in one of the 25 states and 2 provinces we visit.
The books celebrate themes of Diverse Sexuality & Gender (DSG), and are all gifted from our incredibly supportive community. Many of these books are gifted in honor of a family member or friend. Books can – and do – change lives.
HRC Research on 10,000 Youth
According to recent ground-breaking research by the Human RIghts Commission, 92% of LGBT youth “say they hear negative messages about being LGBT” mainly from “school, the Internet, and their peers.” 42% of the youth surveyed report that they live in communities that are not accepting of LGBT people. If you would like to hear more in-depth experiences from these youth, watch this video clip from my interview with Amy André, sexuality educator and advocate.
What happens when we counter these harmful, censoring messages by offering gifts of celebration? With words that are freely accessible in every community, but still private enough to access without fear of censorship? Libraries can offer such a safe haven, and books offer such a celebration.
Join us in celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender!
A Book A Day
Until we head out for our celebratory road trip adventure, I will:
- share a donated book-a-day
- give gratitude to its donor, and
- share a favorite quote
Read all the #aBookaDay posts here.
How Do You Celebrate Diversity?
- Do you have a favorite book that celebrates the Diversity of Sexuality & Gender?
Share in the comments how books have changed – or even saved – your life. I will be highlighting your celebratory quotes about books I feature in my #aBookaDay blog.
Thank you for your generosity!