Dispatches From Ladyblogland

This week, we’ve got some writing-related news, including J.K. Rowling being lovely, and various other ladyblogging business. Shall we jump in? Read More Dispatches From Ladyblogland

From the Archive: Taking Dignity Back from Bullies

I’ve been cramming relentlessly for the Foreign Service Officer Test this past week, so our lovely editors are letting me share an oldie from the early days of PM. This post from October 2010 is about the Dignity for All Students Act and its role in preventing bullying in schools. Read More From the Archive: Taking Dignity Back from Bullies

Favorite LGBT Teen Fiction (and Yes, I Meant All Four of Those Letters)

The world of LGBT-friendly fiction for teens and young adults is slowly growing, and certainly we expect most newly-published teen fiction to avoid homophobia, though heteronormativity and transphobia are both alarmingly common in the genre. Unfortunately for LGBT teens, though, most of these books, even the “friendly” ones, are written about LGBT teens but for straight readers, with an emphasis on promoting tolerance, or displaying the struggles against bullying, or otherwise trying to illuminate the minds of straight kids to the lives of gay kids. Tropes abound, and I’ve only found a few LGBT YA novels that I really think do a great deal in promoting not just tolerance, but show acceptance of LGBT teens not just as factors in the straight kids’ lives, but as complex, complete characters in their own right. Because April is LGBT Awareness Month, I decided to share some of my favorites.

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It’s A Very Special Episode Day

Good morning! We have a full menu of pieces ready to go for you today.   Many of our writers and a few others wrote some fantastic pieces for the Summer of Seventeen Special Edition of Persephone Magazine.  There are some funny stories, some sweet stories, some touching stories, including two by men.   Read More It’s A Very Special Episode Day