Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

Nature Poem

Nature Poem by Tommy Pico
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up for school. It was a wonderful book, and the author told his story with all of the tools he has. His sexuality, race, and ability to use technology all come through in this poem that he says he can’t write.

I really enjoyed it, but I forgot to mark it as read when I actually finished it, so I am just now getting to the review.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes poetry, even a little. It was worth reading.

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Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Gender Queer

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an amazing story! I loved the honesty in the story and in the illustrations. The author has such an amazing family, it gave me chills. Not everyone in their situation has such support, and I am glad they had it.

The story answered so many questions, and I would recommend it to anyone who has friends or family questioning their sexuality. Actually, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the topic, or is even willing to learn. Such a wonderful story!

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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful story, covering multiple topics and a long period of time. Each of the family members gets to speak up, which I loved.

I was a little disappointed that several of the events were only briefly touched upon, such as Tulsa Race Massacre and 9-11. I realize that these were important events and weren’t the main focus of the story, though. People who want more information can look up the events.

The story hit several heavy topics – teen pregnancy, classism, LGBT issues. It was a great story that I would recommend.

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We the Animals by Justin Torres

We the Animals

We the Animals by Justin Torres
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this for school.

You never know what will bring a family together or apart. How are children who are raised together so different?

I loved the story up to the very end. I feel there was too big a gap between the narrator as a child and the narrator as an adult. I was a little lost about how we got to that point in the story, but I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know how it ended..

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up after many people recommended it to me.

It reads like a YA book, but it really isn’t, since the main characters are adults.

I want to have a Chauncey in my life. I adored him, and the other children in the story. I think that this might be a read again type of book. I highly recommend it.

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Pride Should Be Year-round

As we wrap up another Pride month, I was thinking about how all-inclusive the LGBT community is. Why can’t we continue celebrating this all year round.

Stand up for others. Show your support. Be kind. Include everyone!

Pride month is over until next year, unfortunately, but please consider carrying around a lot of the LGBT inclusivity all year.

Olympic Support of Trans rights

Olympic support of Trans rights

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The above linked article tells about Chelsea Andrea Wolfe, one of the first trans women to compete as an alternate in the Olympics. She wanted to win just to be able to show the Trump administration how she feels about their excluding trans women from sports.

The Olympic committee has specific rules about trans athletes. As long as the athlete is following the rules, which are listed in the article above, the Olympic committee has no issues.

I hope she wins, but I really hope that she doesn’t burn the flag.

Who was Marsha P. Johnson?

Who was Marsha P. Johnson?

According to the above linked article, Marsha was instrumental in the Stonewall Riots which eventually brought us the Pride movement, bringing rights to LGBT people in the United States. The article is interesting and tells a lot about Marsha’s life, even though much of it was difficult. She was a black, trans sex worker whose death was by questionable circumstances.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute was formed, helping defend the rights of black trans people.

Stonewall Inn, New York