leewind.org), and Tony Velenzuela (Executive Director, Lamba Literary and writer), Nick Eliopulos (Scholastic Editor), and Noah Woods (illustrator and writer) discuss LGBTQ books for young readers.
Arthur: There's a change in the market place from the past 10-20 years. It's no big deal to publishers, writers, book buyers, etc. to have books with LGBTQ content/charcters/themes. Yeah, your book may get banned or burned...yay! Publicity.
Nick: There's not that much out there. There are a lot of aspects to the gay experience that haven't been covered, so there's a lot of oportunity in this area.
Noah: You avoid authenticy if you censor yourself and avoid LGBTQ material.
* Disclaimer: The inclusion of the above image is not a commentary on Cheer Bear's sexuality. However we strongly believe he/she is an ally of the LGBTQ children's literature community.
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