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December 2017 Related Resources: LGBTQ+ Pride

Wanting to dig deeper into one of our selections? We research related resources -- articles, videos, and more -- to help you expand your knowledge beyond the pages of our selections.

Wanting to dig deeper into one of our selections? We research related resources -- articles, videos, and more -- to help you expand your knowledge beyond the pages of our selections.


Hear Alex Gino read an excerpt from George at the Radar Reading Series. 

Check out this interview with NPR and Alex Gino about the title and the themes in the book. 

The New York Times gives an excellent review for George

It’s so important to have more stories like George in the hands of children and young adults. Here’s one reason why.

Wondering how to start a conversation about George? Author, Alex Gino, shares their ideas and a librarian gives some tips that have worked for her. 

Alex Gino shares their experience with pronouns, and we explore pronouns how to be cognizant of which pronouns to use. 

This article explains why it is important to share transgender books with children to break taboos and to fill a void. 

Melissa and her friend discuss the history of Shakespeare having young boys play the part of women in his productions. You can learn more about that here

Here are some resources for bullying for both parents and educators. 

Trans Lifeline Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the wellbeing of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs the community might have

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. 

Trans Kids Purple Rainbow is committed to the premise that Gender Dysphoria is something a child can’t control and it is society that needs to change, not them. Families need to support their children and be encouraged to allow them to grow-up free of gender roles. 

14 year old Jazz is an honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation. Jazz speaks at universities, medical schools, conferences, conventions and symposiums all over the country. When she was six, Jazz appeared on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Since then, she has her own show in TLC, I am Jazz

Indiana University has some great resources in the online library for regarding transgender information. They have a list of publications for further reading. 


Nina LaCour deals with a lot of heavy issues like grief in We Are Okay and has her main character, Marin, respond in a variety of ways. Learn more about some of the ways Marin addresses her grief as well as information on the locations and other themes addressed in the book. 

The best way to get acquainted with a novel is to explore its setting. You can do just that with these resources. This gallery of the worst snowstorms to hit New York City will give you a good idea of what Mabel and Marin experience in terms of weather for this novel. Trip Advisor has some great images of Ocean Beach, California, an integral location for LaCour’s story. 

Learn about how how Nina LaCour blends grief and love in We Are Okay

Here are five things you need to know about We Are Okay from Nina LaCour herself. 

Learn more about the inspiration behind the story.

Marin tries meditation to help her with her grief and anxiety. Do you meditate? Here are some benefits of practicing meditation, as well as some ways you can fit it into your busy schedule-even on your commute

Dealing with grief is an inevitable part of life, and while it never gets easier, knowing a little about it can help support you through the process. Here are some things to knowabout working through grief for young adults, or really anyone.

Sylvia Plath is a poet that Marin and M discuss extensively. Check out two of the poems mentioned, Lady Lazarus and Daddy.

The Poetry Foundation also has a great selection of poems by Anne Sexton, another favorite of Marin’s. 

The Two Fridas is a powerful painting by Frida Kahlo. You can see why this image made such an impact on the characters by viewing it here.


For Giovanni's Room, we’ll be taking a look at the important locations and the historical context of the novel.  Giovanni's Room has had a major impact across the world. Check out just a few of the ways it continues to impact society and culture.

Here's a bonus resource for Giovanni's Room from Book Riot with 22 quotes from James Baldwin on "literature, life, and prejudice"!

Take a look at the original cover of the novel. 

Get to know some of the important locations mentioned in Giovanni’s Room by exploring them from the comfort of your home. Take a look at Les Halles, location for one of the bars owned by Madame Clothilde. You can learn about the history of Coney Island or take a look at what it might have looked like when Joey and David were together in the 1950s. Explore where David and Hella met at Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Naturally, it's laudatory, but note just how short this original New York Times book review from 1956 is compared to the average book review.

Why Giovanni’s Room, a book written in the 1950s, is important for millennials to read today. 

Did you know that there was bookstore called Giovanni’s Room? Check out the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender bookstore that takes its name from Baldwin's book and learn more about why it closed

Garth Greenwell first took solace from James Baldwin’s Paris novel, Giovanni’s Room, as a teenager. Sixty years after it was published, the prize-winning author acknowledges his debt to a classic of gay literature in this article

Taken from the introduction of the latest published edition of Giovanni’s Room, Colm Tóibín writes about the impact the book has had on the world and his own life. 

A young Seminarian relates his experience of reading Giovanni’s Room as someone who has not experienced many of the feelings and thoughts expressed in the novel. 

“Traditions are difficult to unlearn, particularly when they're rooted in the fun American sport of hatred.” After reading Giovanni’s Room, we’re reflecting on treatment of the LGBT+ community in the past, including how some words like “fruitcake” became slurs

Leave it to Buzzfeed to curate a great list of #Bookstagram photos of Giovanni’s Room. Check out the photos for some inspiration for your own feed!