Tag Archives: LGBTQ

What a gift for Pride Week! USA Gains Marriage Equality In All 50 States!

The USA has just gained marriage equality in all 50 states! SO happy for the USA and proud of you all, too. Congratulations on marriage equality! This is truly love winning and not hate. We are inching towards ‪#‎LGBTQ‬ equality! … Continue reading

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Happy Pride!

Happy Pride Week from Petal and me! I wish you pride and a feeling of rightness in who you are–always. I hope you find many, many friends who celebrate you and love you for who you are. And I hope … Continue reading

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I will be speaking this Thursday at York University on Writing LGBT Characters in YA Literature

I’m honored to be speaking to Professor Cheryl Cowdy’s class this Thursday on writing LGBTQ characters in YA fiction. It’s really important to me to have a queer character in every book I write, whether it be the main character, … Continue reading

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LGBT Pride Day this year was a celebration for me–and still political

I haven’t been to LGBT Pride day for a while. Not because I’m not proud or sure of being lesbian–I am!–but because as an abuse/torture survivor there are a lot of things that trigger me, and one of them is … Continue reading

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New digital magazine for LGBTQ youth

Check out It’s Who I Am – the new LGBT magazine for queer youth. You can read it online for free or download a copy for $1.99. It’s packed full of articles, art, and more! You can also read a … Continue reading

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Toronto indie LGBTQ Bookstore Glad Day has been saved!

I love bookstores, period. But indie bookstores are especially important. They serve the needs of individuals that the big box stores don’t, and they are usually staffed by people who know and love the books they sell, and can help … Continue reading

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Is it okay to say “queer”? My opinion on it.

Someone, after watching my It Gets Better video, asked me if it was okay to use the word queer. I appreciated the question. I know it’s not always easy to know what is “right” or politically okay–AND it also varies … Continue reading

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Cheryl Rainfield’s It Gets Better video for queer youth & anyone thinking of suicide

You’ve probably seen or heard about the It Gets Better Campaign in response to all the recent gay suicides resulting from homophobic bullying? I hope you have, any way. I know what it’s like to be bullied, abused, and hated–and … Continue reading

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Wear Purple In Honor

Wear purple in honor Oct 20th! I will be. Let queer youth–queer people everywhere–know they’re not alone, and help to honor those who did not make it.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ moving message on recent gay teen suicides

If you have not yet seen the moving video message Ellen DeGeneres made about lesbian/gay bullying and the recent gay teen suicides, please watch this. It’s so important that we speak out against oppression when we can, and that we … Continue reading

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