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Sep 1

shiraglassman:

queermediarepresentation:

referencemixologist:

samati:

queermediarepresentation:

I went to my local library today looking for books to review for this blog and found a grand total of 1 (Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan).

I’m thinking about writing/emailing the library to ask them to consider adding more LGBTQ+ books to their Young Adult section, has anyone ever done this before and been successful? Does anyone have any tips on how to go about it?

-Lauren

Reblogging because referencemixologist does it for a living (is a YA  librarian).

The best way to request/suggest materials is to talk directly to the person in charge of purchasing YA materials. Bring a list of books you’d like them to consider buying. I know there are classics but keep requests as current as possible (books that came out within the last 3-5 years) because they’ll be easier to get through whatever vendor they get their books from.

Also, is your library the only library in your city/town? If not definitely look at what other libraries where you live have to offer (there should be a system wide catalog) and if they offer just as little it’d be good to write the director of the library/library system.

Thank you, that’s a massive help. I’ll make sure to do that, I already have a semi-formed list in mind of books that should fit.

Reblogging in case any of our followers feel the same way and want to try contacting their own local libraries.

-Lauren

Our local library system here in Alachua County lets you log into the library site remotely and suggest books. As they come in, they’re automatically put on hold for you and you get an email. I’ve been suggesting LGBTQ+ books left and right and when I actually spoke to one of the acquisitions people about it, to my surprise she was actually really grateful. I guess I should have realized that straight staff members would have no idea where to start looking, which was what was going on. (I think many people don’t even think they
can request queer books because they’re afraid the requests will be rejected for the same reason the people fear they’ll be rejected. But we might as well try.)

The library I work for as a site-wide catalog where you can search for terms like “lesbian” or “bisexuality” and books prominently featuring these topics will come up. (I think I found over a 100 books with “lesbian” as a keyword last time I checked).

We have an online “suggestion box” as well, though I don’t know how often suggested books are actually purchased. My library requires every book in its collection to be reviewed by an “official” media source first (which kinda sucks, IMO).

Sep 1

decadentwallpaper:

jonnyluvssherlock:

deducingbbcsherlock:

platonic vs romantic love?

seriously they built up this huge dialog with Molly saying this is what it looks like when someone is in love with Sherlock and then they had John play out the same moments and dialog and people say there’s nothing going on.

Molly is the decoder ring get with it

The intricacies and ingenuity of this Sudoko cube of a show will be the DEATH of me.

How I Came Out to My Dad At Age 26

(Scene: my parents and I are discussing some of the difficulties currently faced by queer youth.)

Dad: You know, adolescence was difficult enough for you as it was. And you didn’t even have to deal with any of those things!
Me: Uh, yeah I did…
Dad: …
Me: Um. I kinda thought it was obvious.
Dad: …
Me: …Maybe it wasn’t so obvious…

I honestly thought he had worked it out years ago. Especially given all the comments I made about “sexy ladies,” and the content of my story… I never stated it outright, but my parents are very perceptive people, generally. Guess I kept some secrets better than I thought.

Despite the initial awkwardness, everything else went fine. He went on to say that if I ended up with a woman, it “wouldn’t have made any difference. It wouldn’t have mattered.”

And this came from a man who, ten years ago, didn’t support same-sex marriage and still used words like “fag.” So let it be testimony that people can indeed change!

meetingyourmaker:

Morning Light
Art Request by jakathine (FemSherlock reading)
Sherlock has beautiful hair but she keeps sticking things into them :)

meetingyourmaker:

Morning Light

Art Request by jakathine (FemSherlock reading)

Sherlock has beautiful hair but she keeps sticking things into them :)

moriartysskull:

so graceful…

(Source: sherlockisthebest)

lotrlockedwhovian:

notmydate:

It is John’s habit to pull the door closed by the knocker, making it hang to the left.  But notice that Sherlock’s practice is not to adjust the knocker to the left, but to the right. He’s annoyed to see that Mycroft has straightened it.  To Sherlock’s mind, it should hang to the right if he is at home with John, or to the left, if John is out. 

These little tiny details are what take this show to some next level shit.

championcoolbreeze:

obfuscatingdeity:

the thing to realize here is that conservatives find the idea of paying workers a livable wage so absurd that they make hyperbolic comparisons like this

because fifteen dollars an hour and a hundred thousand dollars an hour both mean the same thing to them; more than you deserve

^That commentary is very important.

(Source: -teesa-)

Is It Possible to Include “Too Much Diversity”?

That title’s just begging for a flame war, isn’t it? :P

Here’s the thing: my mom finished reading my book the other day. Overall, she really liked it, and had lots of good things to say about it. Sweet! (Doubly sweet because she doesn’t usually like romances.)

But she did make a couple critiques, and this one sticks out the most:

"You sure do have a lot of diversity in here. Don’t you think it’s a bit… overkill?"

The thing is… I have about a dozen characters who are racially identified, and over half of them are white. Moira and her family are Hispanic, Moira’s best friend is of Pakistani descent (implied Muslim, though never stated outright), and the girlfriend of one of Sara’s coworkers is black. The rest of the influential characters are all white.

Does that really sound like too much diversity to anyone here? Because I’m finding that comment a wee bit problematic. If anything, I think I should’ve included more direct POC representation, not less.

Cast your opinions unto me, Tumblr. What say you?

imrisah:

Ballet/punk/tattoolock with also undercut, cigarette and leather jacket so basically kill me dead
(some of the tattoos are taken/inspired by msaether's tattoolock design, others are mine)

imrisah:

Ballet/punk/tattoolock with also undercut, cigarette and leather jacket so basically kill me dead

(some of the tattoos are taken/inspired by msaether's tattoolock design, others are mine)

Trying to snap out of an art block. Sketching my ladies is usually the best way to do that. ;)
I kinda want to finish this, but my husband says I should leave it as is (he really likes the “messy sketch” art style). Any thoughts, lovelies?

Trying to snap out of an art block. Sketching my ladies is usually the best way to do that. ;)

I kinda want to finish this, but my husband says I should leave it as is (he really likes the “messy sketch” art style). Any thoughts, lovelies?