Don’t Let Me Go – A Review


Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble   

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 This is the story of a gay teen, Nate, who forces himself to say goodbye to the love of his life when his boyfriend, Adam, takes on a position at an off-Broadway theater far away from the town they grew up in. Adam moves in with roommates, and suddenly doesn’t have the time to talk to Nate as much as he used to. Nate gets jealous when Adam’s naked roommate keeps walking into their Skype conversation and touching Adam, making references to things that might or might not have happened.

 Lots of emotion is flung around in this novel. Nate makes new friends, and attempts to gain a new boyfriend, even though he can’t get Adam out of his head. I truly enjoyed this story for the real raw emotions it portrayed. There were a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but it was all worth it for the happy ending. If you like reading gay romance novels, I would highly recommend this well written novel! Plus, there’s a playlist at the very end if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Magic Johnson and Rappers Against Homophobia


GLAAD, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, reported today that Magic Johnson is teaming up with Rappers and Hip Hop stars to use their voices, their songs to speak against Homophobia and a fear of HIV/AIDS. Here’s what Johnson had to say on the matter:

 “What we’re trying to do is reach out to the hip-hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing. I have a lot of friends in that industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere. They can make a difference right away by speaking out, because they have a big fan base.

So we’re finding out that a lot of them want to be involved; they’re just looking for a group like ours to latch onto and be a part of it. We haven’t really had any push-back from the hip-hop community.”

There will be a press conference later this year when Johnson plans to reveal who all will be joining him in this venture.

Seriously, guys, how cool is that? I’d say that’s very cool. Let’s hope he can get a LOT of star power to back him up.

To read the article as posted on GLAAD’s website, here’s the link: http://www.glaad.org/blog/magic-johnson-teams-rappers-address-homophobia-hip-hop

Social Networking for LGBTQ Book Lovers and Lady Gaga


I’d like to take a moment to talk about books. Specifically YA LGBTQ books. I know that’s one heck of an alphabet soup, isn’t it? YA stands for Young Adult, otherwise known as Teen. And LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, and Questioning. But, you knew all that already, didn’t you.

For those of you who don’t know www.goodreads.com is a social networking site geared toward book lovers. There, you can keep track of the books you’ve read, liked, hated, or books you want to read. You can write reviews, talk to others who felt the same way about a book you read, and join in group discussions.

There are groups for fans of a specific author, or fans of a specific genre, even fans of other things like knitting, or football. Whatever group you’re dreaming of, it’s probably there. And if it’s not, feel free to create it!

Why do I mention this? I’ve heard from many teens who visit the Copley Teen Room that there aren’t enough LGBTQ books in our collection. I’m working furiously to change that, but I wanted to give you guys a heads up that there IS a Goodreads group specifically for YA LGBTQ books and those people who read them. How fricken cool is that?!?! Yeah, that’s what I said when I found out!

The group is called “YA LGBT Books”. All you need to do is join Goodreads for free, and then join the group within the website. They have a monthly book group that nominates a different book to read each month and then they discuss it once it’s read. You can join in! Feel free to nominate your favorite books, and read the book of the month. It is here you can find more LGBTQ books than you ever thought were possible to exist. So check them out, and start reviewing them today!

And if you should find something you think we should have in our teen collection, be it LGBTQ or not, let us know! We want to order what you want to read. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Now, I know I mentioned Lady Gaga in the title of this post. Why? Because I found an awesome fan video done to one of her songs, featuring a gay wedding twist I thought you might like. Check it out below: 

Professional Team Sports and the LGBTQ Community


What do these two things have in common?

Do I hear birds chirping outside? Does anyone have an answer?

That’s because there is nothing in common between the LGBTQ community and professional team sports.

It’s a rather sad fact that most people who consider themselves LGBTQ don’t think they can play professional sports, whether it’s hockey, baseball, football, basketball, or anything else out there because men’s sports tend to be a very homophobic area to work in.

But today, one very important man took the initial step to change all that. The Phoenix Suns’ president, Rick Welts, came out to the world as a gay man.

For decades, Rick Welts has kept one of the most important parts of his life secret from the rest of the world, having to deal with the death of a longtime partner, Arnie, alone in 1994, as well as other things.

“In these meetings and in interviews with The New York Times, Mr. Welts explained that he wants to pierce the silence that envelops the subject of homosexuality in men’s team sports. He wants to be a mentor to gay people who harbor doubts about a sports career, whether on the court or in the front office. Most of all, he wants to feel whole, authentic.” -NYT 

But, as Eric Freeman, writer of the Yahoo! Sports Blog, said, “… the boardroom isn’t the locker room, and progress in one doesn’t always lead to broadened horizons in another. David Stern accepting a gay friend does not mean that a group of 15 players would be totally cool with one openly gay teammate. That time will come, but it’s not necessarily right around the corner.

Nevertheless, instances of improved social equality should be celebrated no matter how minor the advances may be. Welts has made history, and we should applaud him for it.”

Rick Welts’ actions may be minor in the scope of the planet, but for him and the NBA specifically, his words are a major deal. Congratulations are in order as he had the courage to say something even after all his decades alone. With hope, more people will have the courage to come out of the proverbial closet as well, and others will stand beside them and give them full support.

The initial article that ran in the New York Times can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/sports/basketball/nba-executive-says-he-is-gay.html?_r=1&src=tptw&pagewanted=all

The Yahoo! sports blog can be found here: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Suns-president-Rick-Welts-tells-The-New-York-Tim?urn=nba-wp3254

LGBTQ support groups:

www.glsen.org

www.bagly.org

www.thetrevorproject.org

Alex Sanchez


A week ago today, we had an amazing author (Alex Sanchez) give a talk about what it was like moving to the states from Mexico when he was five, growing up gay, and how he found his way to writing LGBTQ books for teens today.  He spoke to a small crowd of about 25 teens, including a few adults. After his talk, he had a question/answer session and then hung around to talk to everyone who had more questions or just wanted to talk.

I think everyone who was there can attest that he’s a wonderful person to talk to, as well as a great author!

Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a great event! And the greatest thanks to Alex Sanchez for coming to the BPL!

If you’re wondering what books he’s written, here’s a list to date:

Rainbow Trilogy (Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, Rainbow Road)

Bait

Getting It

The God Box

So Hard To Say

Day Of Silence


Friday, April 16th is Day Of Silence (DOS)!

What is DOS? “On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” – Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (www.GLSEN.org)

What are we doing for DOS this year? Come to the Teen Room at Copley the afternoon before (Thursday, April 15th @ 3pm) to collect stickers, wrist bands, and PostIt notes explaining why you’ve chosen to take a vow of silence in preparation of DOS. Also in preparation we will have t-shirts for your own designing fun to show off your LGBTQ PRIDE and SUPPORT all day Friday.

On April 16th we will be showing the awesome Broadway Musical (turned movie) RENT at 2pm.

Why have DOS only in schools? Your local teen librarians here at Copley are participating. What about YOU?

Alex Sanchez is Coming!


There are big, exciting things afoot at the Copley branch of the Boston Public Library next month!

What’s that, you ask?

Why, Alex Sanchez is coming, of course!

I’ve never heard of him. Who’s that?

He’s the author of several Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) books for teens such as Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road. He is also the author of award wining books, also covering tough LGBTQ topics, like his novels Bait, So Hard To Say, and Getting It.

What’s he doing at the library?

Alex Sanchez will be talking about LGBTQ issues as well as his books, answering frequently asked questions for both, and will also be signing books with new books on hand for purchase.

When will this be happening?

April 24, 2010 @ 2pm.

Where will this happen?

Alex will be in the Mezzanine Conference Room of the Copley branch of the BPL.

I’ve never even been to Copley! Where the heck is that?!?! Is that, like, on Mars, or something?

The main branch of the BPL, otherwise known as Copley, is at

700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116, United States of America, Earth (not Mars).

Have any other questions about the event? Feel free to contact the Teen Room at the following phone number: 617-859-2334.

Woot! Alex Sanchez is coming! *Rainbow confetti falls in celebration of this awesome fact!*