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Harwood-Jones’ Journey Filled With LGBTQ Life Lessons

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Happy Pride Month! June was chosen as Pride Month to celebrate and commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, and sparked what turned into days of clashes and riots between the police, and members of the LGBTQAI community. The riots are largely considered to have been the defining moment that brought the fight for gay rights into the modern era. Pride parades, first started in 1970, the year after the riots, now take place across the world. Because at BookTrib we’re all about books and literature, we have one of our favorite interviews to share with you this month! Markus Harwood-Jones is coming out with two companion books this August: Romeo for…

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More, Please! Books that Need Sequels Immediately

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There’s nothing like reading a wonderful book that keeps you up all night, fills you with warm fuzzies, or even makes you shed a tear or two. But when the story is finally over, you’re left with an empty feeling that just won’t go away. If you’re lucky, the author will write a sequel and you’ll get to hang out with your favorite characters for a little while longer. But more often than not, one book is all we get, leaving us to imagine, speculate and pray for that sequel that will probably never come. There’s not much I wouldn’t do to get a sequel to my favorite novels. These are the stories that consume my thoughts, that I read again…

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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Bathroom Bigotry and the Next Battle for Transgender Rights

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If you want to know what some people think about transgender people, consider their comments about the bathroom. Right, the bathroom—bathroom use to be specific. Here are a couple of examples: From former Arkansas Governor, former Fox News talk show host and soon-to-be-former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: “For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances that say that your 7-year-old daughter—if she goes into the restroom—cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”  Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister (at least I think he’s…

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Find your Pride Month celebration in the Guide to Pride

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While it’s a wonderful thing to be proud of who you are all year-round, June is the month in which it’s celebrated officially in the LGBT community with elaborate parades, music festivals and rallies. All month long, cities around the U.S. are hosting Pride events to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a pivotal turning point for gay rights in the U.S. Here a just a few of the spots you can join in the festivities and the educational events the rest of this month: NYC PRIDE (NEW YORK, NY) – June 21-28 New York has a number of pride events throughout the month, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Harlem Pride, Rockland County Pride, Queen City Pride (Hudson Valley)…

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Wives Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman on the greatest literary marriages

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June is full of celebrations. Traditionally the “Month of Brides,” June also blossoms forth with LGBTQ Pride celebrations worldwide. Just in case that’s not enough for you, June is also one of the most famous literary months, with June 16 being the Joycean holiday “Bloomsday”, June 19 being the “Juneteenth” of Toni Morison’s great novel, and June 23 being the date of Haruki Murakami’s first ultra-marathon. (And for those of us who love great mystery writing, Dorothy Sayer’s birthday is June 8!) All of this is actually just a wonderful rationalization for my talking to married literary icons Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, about Literary Marriage and the Rather Interesting Thing on a Boat they’re doing in September. Ellen wrote award-winning literary fantasy classics including Swordspoint – the first of the…

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Pride Month: Joe Wenke Says LGBTQIA equality still a long ways off

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Well, it’s Gay Pride month and we’re also just a few weeks away from the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. I think it’s almost always a bad idea to anticipate outcomes because life is so unpredictable, but just about everyone, including every Republican candidate for president, thinks that SCOTUS will rule either that all Americans have a constitutional right to marry whomever they want regardless of gender or that all states must recognize legal marriages performed in other states. So it would seem that this is a particularly good time to step back and assess where we stand in the struggle for freedom and equality for all LGBTQIA people. What follows is what I think along with a number…

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Joe Wenke Interviews: Rita Mae Brown on being a Lambda Literary Pioneer

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This year’s recipient of the annual Lambda Literary Award’s Pioneer Award is bestselling author Rita Mae Brown. To celebrate her remarkable career, Bantam is reissuing her groundbreaking first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Recently, noted author and activist Joe Wenke (The Talk Show, The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) spoke to Brown about her writing, her latest accolade, and the future of the LGBT cause. JOE WENKE: Could you talk a little bit about what it was like for you to write Rubyfruit Jungle? In the introduction to Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser, you say that for you writing “was a gift.” Was that what the experience of writing Rubyfruit Jungle was like? Was it a…

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5 Plumes boast their favorite blooms

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According to the calendar, spring has supposedly sprung. Personally, I think that someone needs to have a conversation with Mother Nature because the temperature display on my car’s dash is making me sad. But that is a rant for another day. Today, we appeal to Mother Nature’s literary aesthetic. We called upon some of our favorite authors to share their best blooms in hopes that Mother Nature will hear our call and finally remove the veil of winter. Steve Berry, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Patriot Threat “The Morning Glory. It blooms every day, in the morning, with the fresh sun.  Then, by mid to late-afternoon, it tires, withdraws within itself, and waits for the…

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A primer on gender identity and transgender children

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Aidan Key is the founder and director of Gender Diversity Education and Support Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Joe Wenke is the author of THE HUMAN AGENDA: Conversations about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Aidan, Joe and transgender fashion model and activist Gisele Alicea will be at Seattle Town Hall on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 for a panel discussion of “Gender Identity in Seattle and Beyond.” Joe and Aidan got together for BookTrib to discuss some of the issues they will be addressing at the Seattle Town Hall event. What is the difference between gender identity and biological gender? AIDAN KEY: Biological sex is the gender you are assigned at birth. The doctor takes a quick look, says, boy, girl…

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This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids should be on every family’s shelf

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Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo are innovators. In 2010 they founded EveryoneIsGay.com and turned a clichéd and moribund communications medium, the advice column, into something quite different—a multidimensional support resource that is fresh, funny and real. Then right after starting the site, they made a great decision to go out on the road and meet kids around the country, traveling to middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. The experience was pivotal. It gave them the opportunity to connect personally with lots of kids in lots of different situations. I’m sure that establishing so many personal connections helped create an even greater sense of urgency about the value and importance of what they were doing. Since then, Everyone Is Gay…

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Holiday movies for the rest of us

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose… In the words of my favorite 80’s cartoon character, gag me with a silver spoon. This is the time of year that radio and television stations bombard the citizenry with all things Christmas. Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and sweet baby Jesus rule the airwaves from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. (We shall not discuss those radio stations that started playing Christmas carols BEFORE Thanksgiving. There is a special place for people like you.) Like family dinners, with all that is awesome about the holiday season there is bound to be some funkiness. In this case, it’s a (less than) surprising lack of diversity in what…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Joe Wenke and The Talk Show

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Someone is following Jack Winthrop-most likely the gunman who tried to kill America’s most controversial talk show host, Abraham Lincoln Jones. Ever since that fateful night when Jones called Winthrop with his audacious proposal, life has never been the same. Winthrop, an award-winning New York Times reporter who calls the Tit for Tat strip club his second home, agreed to collaborate on Jones’ national “Emancipation Tour.” The plan is to bring Jones’ passion for radical change to the people and transcend television by meeting America face to face. Now Winthrop has to survive long enough to make the tour a reality.  As the reach of his stalker spreads, so does the fear that Winthrop’s unconventional family is also in danger-Rita…

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WIN: The Talk Show. Using the power of fiction to change hearts and minds

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Jack Winthrop, the main character of Joe Wenke’s new novel The Talk Show (Trans Über, 2014), is an award-winning New York Times reporter—and someone is trying to kill him. Throughout the novel, we watch as Winthrop lives his life amidst the seamy underbelly of New York City. We follow him to the Tit for Tat, the strip joint that serves as his second home. We meet Winthrop’s friends: Father Rita Harvey, the transgender ex-priest and LGBT activist; Donna, the stripper turned entrepreneur; Slo Mo, the Tit for Tat’s massive vegetarian bouncer; and Abraham Lincoln Jones, the outspoken media personality striving for radical change through his controversial “Emancipation Tour” across America. In short, The Talk Show isn’t your father’s hardboiled noir…

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Andrew Solomon and Dr. Joe Wenke discuss how our differences define us

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Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. His latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, has won many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His previous book, “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction JOE WENKE: Far From the Tree addresses a profound question: Is difference the foundation of human identity, even if the difference-making element is a disability or is widely denigrated or pathologized? In your opening chapter, “Son,” you make an extraordinary connection between your experience growing…

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