Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Trans Youth in the Spotlight

Back in June at ALA I was lucky enough to attend Scholastic's brunch event where they have authors read passages from each other's new works. These dramatic readings are incredibly fun and sometimes moving. One of the titles that had everyone laughing and maybe getting a little choked up was George by Alex Gino. This middle grade novel centers on George who when no one else is home calls herself Melissa. All George wants to do is be Charlotte in her school's production of "Charlotte's Web", but it doesn't look like it will happen. While George knows she is a girl she doesn't look that way to everyone else. How will George be able to get the role she always wanted? Perhaps with the help of her best friend they can think of a plan!

They (Alex prefers this pronoun) read their words along with authors David Levithan, Edwidge Danticat, and Jennifer A. Nielsen. George looks to be one of the first books about a transgender child specifically aimed at grades four through six. 

David Levithan, Alex Gino, Edwidge Danticat, and Jennifer A. Nielsen read a scene from George.

Along with George (due out on August 25th) Jazz has also stepped into the spotlight. Many of you may of heard of Jazz before. She has made many TV appearances and also wrote a picture book, I am Jazz, which is an Amazon best seller. Even further she now has her own show on TLC. The reality show chronicles her every day life: school, family, bullying, and even hormone therapy. Jazz is very open about being transgender and is not afraid to share her story. Take a look at the clip from the first episode of the show below.

Both George and Jazz are paving the way for transgender tweens and teens, and it is incredibly exciting to see more representation in the media for the younger set. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to create a supportive environment for your LGBT tween/teen population in your library we will be holding a training at SCLS on September 9th. If you would like more information feel free to contact me!

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