Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Edmund White. (Photo by David Shankbone, from Wikimedia Commons)

Winning an honorary National Book Award has Edmund White thinking about the more pleasurable moments of the writing life.

“Everybody always complains about it, but it occurred to me the other day that it is better than working and you meet lots of interesting people,” says White, this year’s recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an award previously given to Toni Morrison and Philip Roth, among others.

Continue Reading >>

Brazil court overrules Rio mayor on ban of gay kiss in ‘Avengers’ comic

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Marvel’s first kiss between same-sex couple Wiccan and Hulkling in “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade.” (Photo from Twitter)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has blocked efforts by Rio de Janeiro’s conservative mayor to have a book fair remove a comic book showing two men kissing.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella had ordered the Bienale to remove the comic “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade” that included the kiss, saying he was acting to protect children against “sexual content.”

Continue Reading >>

A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

Continue Reading >>

Historian David K. Johnson follows ‘The Lavender Scare’ with ‘Buying Gay’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

The history of the LGBTQ community has largely been erased from our educational institutions, historian David K. Johnson says. It’s one of the many byproducts of decades of stigma and intolerance that he attempts to remedy as a professor at the University of South Florida (USF).

His courses explore politics, culture, gender and sexuality in the U.S., mostly post-World War II. “Even in my standard history classes, whenever the topic of homosexuality comes up, students are riveted because they aren’t familiar with it from other history classes,” he explains. “I like to show how the issues of gender and sexuality have been central to American history for quite some time.”

Continue Reading >>

Score! Megan Rapinoe book to be published next year

By : wire report
Comments: 0
ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has scored again, this time with a book deal.

Penguin Press announced July 25 that Rapinoe’s book, currently untitled, will be published in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a “perfect vehicle” for an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” take on everything from soccer to nationalism to gay rights. Meanwhile, a division of Penguin Young Readers will work on a Rapinoe book for middle graders.

Continue Reading >>

Drag Queen Story Hours enchant Central Florida, Tampa Bay

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

Once upon a time, in the mystical land of San Francisco, wordsmith Michelle Tea had a dragulous idea.

As the Lambda Literary Award winner for Best Lesbian Fiction and the creator of RADAR Productions, the nonprofit that develops groundbreaking literary work by supporting LGBTQ artists, she understood both the power of community and the written word—and so Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was born.

Continue Reading >>

LGBTQ cosplayers find community, safe space at comic cons

By : Rachel Dececco
Comments: 0
ABOVE: LGBTQ Pride booth at Megacon 2019 in Orlando. (Photo by Rachel Dececco)

Geeks, nerds and comic book enthusiasts come in all shapes, sizes and colors … including rainbow.

Comic book conventions, or comic cons as they are called, have become cultural phenomenons in recent years. They’re places where celebrities from renowned movies, television and literature in genres ranging from fantasy and horror to superhero and science fiction (sci-fi) hold panel discussions and meet fans. More than that, these comic cons are LGBTQ safe spaces.

Continue Reading >>

Dr. Steve Yacovelli explores LGBTQ people as leaders in his new book, ‘Pride Leadership’

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando.

“We work with organizations to help them maximize their human talent,” says Yacovelli. “It’s a lot of consulting, a lot of talking to see what the client really needs. Then using the tools that my team has to kind of get those problems solved.”

Continue Reading >>

Nicholas Sparks accused of trying to ban LGBTQ club at Christian school

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
Comments: 0

Author Nicholas Sparks, known for penning bestselling romance novels such as “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember,” has been accused of trying to ban an LGBTQ club at a Christian school he co-founded in New Bern, North Carolina.

Sparks has been embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Epiphany School of Global Studies’ former headmaster, Saul Benjamin.

Continue Reading >>

Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

Continue Reading >>

Author Rob Sanders revolutionizes picture books with ‘Stonewall’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

Self-described “writer who teaches and teacher who writes” Rob Sanders appreciates anniversaries. In celebration of the LGBTQ pride flag’s 40th in 2018, he released “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” the first picture book detailing the LGBTQ symbol’s origin. Now, just ahead of the Stonewall Uprising’s 50th, he’s made history again with “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.”

The openly LGBTQ author’s follow up is the first picture book to detail the Stonewall Inn and its role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Its story of strength, unity and equality was released April 23 from Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher.

Continue Reading >>

New children’s picture book recounts the history of Stonewall

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
Comments: 0

Tampa Bay author Rob Sanders will unveil “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution,” the first picture book detailing the history of the Stonewall Inn’s role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, at the fifth annual SunLit Festival in St. Petersburg on April 27.

Sanders, the author of the celebrated “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” will welcome all ages to a book launch performance at The Studios@620 from 6-8 p.m. with Tombolo Books. The Studios@620 Artistic Director Bob Devin Jones and an ensemble cast will join, celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the infamous uprising.

Continue Reading >>