HEEEEEEEY, guys, so if you were not aware because you’re straight, today is the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, AND BIPHOBIAAAAAAA, and all types of phobias that would be pitted against you, if you were apart of the queer community in any way, but these are the phobias that we are focusing on today. So, to celebrate that, I decided to talk about YA-whether under the radar or obviously queer that I have read!
But before I jump into the books, who would be if didn’t talk a little bit about today? I’ve talked a few times about my experiences and I have read a bunch of personal essays and books and I think that it’s really important t think about how you speak about people and the so-called jokes that you make about queer people because you never know who’s on the edge and how close you could be to pushing them off it. I think it’s important to not always remain silent, but to stand up in some way and be brave because you never know, you could be saving some kid’s life or giving them the confidence to be themselves or encouraging them to be stronger and that is a more powerful thing than you could ever know or realize, and I’m going to fight for equality until my dying breath because it is a cause that means so much to me, for beyond a reason that has me involved. When you care about someone, and…you see the effect that people’s inanity, it really does change you and have a serious effect on you. It blows you eyes wide open. It fuels the fire in your soul.
That said, straight or not, I encourage you to celebrate by considering any of the books below, whether you buy it or you put it on hold at the library or write it down or add it to your TBR, it’s always good to broaden your horizons whether you experience a marginalization or not…it is crucial to stay educated or even attempt to support for kids who are isolated, who go through hell, who suffer and maybe even die or are scarred in some way because of the lack of access to resources and materials like the books below that could very well save a life. Don’t underestimate the power of words.
Books that have had a powerful impact on me or that I have noted have had an impact on someone else in the community, no, there is not one set person in mind:
- FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE BY KATE SCELSA
- MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA
- GONE SERIES BY MICHAEL GRANT
- IF YOU COULD BE MINE BY SARA FARIZAN
- THE GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER BY TIM FEDERLE
- SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI
- TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL BY SARA FARIZAN
- THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTNER
- ASK THE PASSENGERS BY A.S. KING
- A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS BY LEMONY SNICKET