I have been planting lots of seeds over the past four years. It’s been quite a journey growing this personal and professional garden. These days, it is amazing to me how all those chilly winter months and April showers have made their impact, and my life has burst into bloom like a flower in May. Even more amazing to me is that the blooms are popping up from Austin to Montreal.
Blooming with Celebration
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my family and I will embark on a Celebration Tour for two months this summer. Specifically, my family and I will seek out – and share – great books Celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender (DSG). We are big fans of our local libraries, and are excited to visit with librarians in public libraries in the US and in eastern Canada. Our goal is to gift a book celebrating themes of DSG to each library we visit.
Here you can see my 6 year old daughter reading one of her favorite books: I Am Jazz. This book celebrates the life of an American trans teen, Jazz Jennings. Jazz is the founder of her own mermaid tail company Purple Rainbow Tails. Her mermaid tail company raises money for the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation – of which she is an honorary co-founder. In addition to I Am Jazz, there are an increasing number of books being published by and for youth about DSG.
Growing Our Summer Garden
In June, I am excited to embark on the Celebration Tour to talk with librarians about DSG literature and the conversations they are having with their communities. In July, I am excited for the opportunity to delve into the history and variety of children’s and YA literature celebrating DSG during an interview with Dr. Sally Ember on her globally-accessible webcast Changes. In August, we will make the journey back to Austin – with a different route and more visits to libraries. We will be sharing pictures and adventures along the way on social media and some special extras for the #Censored2Celebrated email list. Would you like us to take a photo just for you along the way?
Why seek out librarians?
Quite simply, librarians are some of the most interesting people to talk with not only about books and research, but also about their communities. Indeed, during a recent Censored2Celebrated interview with author and sexuality educator, Cory Silverberg, I spoke with Cory about his parents who are a librarian and a sex therapist. In response to my own surprise that I had zeroed in on his librarian parent, Cory noted how interesting librarians are.
Ever since my chat with Cory, I’ve been thinking a lot about librarians. Two of my mentors from middle school were librarians, and I still treasure a kid’s book by Alice Walker that they gifted to me at graduation. When I lived in San Francisco as a young adult, I did some work with the San Francisco Public Library, and remembered how much I enjoy librarians.
Now I have children of my own. We love going to our public libraries in Austin. We love talking with librarians. They know so much about books and their communities. My inquiring mind wants to know what communities in the US and Canada are talking and reading about diverse sexuality and gender. It’s clearly time to talk with some librarians in as many communities as possible. Lucky for me, my family is up for the adventure!
We would like to gift a book to every library we visit on our trip from Austin to Montreal, and back again. Can you help us celebrate DSG by spreading more seeds to bloom at libraries in the US and Canada this summer?
How can I help support #Censored2Celebrated with this Celebration Tour?
Thank you for asking! There are a few ways you can help support us to celebrate diverse sexuality & gender on our Celebration Tour.
- I have a great book celebrating DSG to add to your Censored2Celebrated Wish List!
Great! Contact Melita here.
- Will you purchase a book (or more!) before June 30, 2015 to donate to a public library?
Here’s our Censored2Celebrated Wish List.
(Books are automatically sent to Melita in Texas, and will be donated to a public library in the US or Canada.)
- Are you an author of a book celebrating DSG? Would you like to donate a signed copy of your book(s) to donate to a public library?
Great, we’d love to support & celebrate your work!
Contact Melita here.
- Can you help us spread the word?
Please click here to share about our Celebration Tour.
- A Celebration Tour needs supporters and funding. We are in the start-up phase, and gratefully accept monetary donations to support our celebration of diverse sexuality and gender. ($3, $7 or $19 can buy a great book or a meal to keep us fueled on the Celebration Tour.)
Celebration Tour Support Levels
- DSG (count the letters) $3.00 USD
- LGBTQIA (count the letters) $7.00 USD
- Number of…Countries worldwide with legalized same-sex marriage $19.00 USD
- Number of…US states with marriage equality – JUST UPDATED! $50.00 USD
- Number of Driving miles from…Burlington, VT to Montreal, QC $94.00 USD
- Number of Driving miles from…Vass, NC to Philadelphia, PA $464.00 USD
- Number of Driving miles from…Austin, TX to Boston, MA $1,965.00 USD
How can we celebrate you?
- We would like to give you a shout out online about your support when you donate funds and/or book(s).
- We would like to acknowledge your generosity with a dedication bookplate in the front of each donated book. Check out our Book Wish List Celebrating Diverse Sexuality & Gender here. All books will be read, celebrated & gifted to a library!