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The Prince William County PFLAG (VA) youth group is seeking contributions of either young adult (YA) paperbacks or cash donations to purchase books for the PFLAG youth library. If you have any questions or wish to donate, please contact Lynn Schmitz, PFLAG facilitator, at lschmitz1@comcast.net.

Not familiar with PFLAG? PFLAG is Parents, Families,Friends, and Allies united with LGBTQIA people to move equality forward. Their National PFLAG website can be found here. Its also the place to locate your local chapters. More and more of our publishers are turning toward the YA and New Adult market. This includes many publishers you are familiar with such as Dreamspinner Press, with its Harmony Ink YA Press, Interlude Press with its new YA imprint, Duet Books, Torquere Books with its Prizm Press: Young Adult Novels LGBT Characters, JMS Books with Queerteen Press,  Bold Strokes Books (YA division) among the ones that come immediately to mind.

Think about the books you read as a preteen or teenager. Did the great ones, the memorable ones seem to speak to you? Involve characters that you could identity with? I bet some of you are smiling now just remembering those stories that made your day, helped you through a crisis, or just let you know you weren’t alone in your thoughts and problems. These can be tough years and books that take you away or make things that are scary at that age less fearsome are important.

Now image you are a young LGBTQIA child, preteen, teenager, whatever the age. I don’t imagine the local or school libraries have many books that have characters that you can identity with.

Where do you turn for stories where you can see yourself in the characters or situations? That’s where this PFLAG youth library comes in. There are some terrific YA LGBTQIA stories out there. You need look no further than our own Aurora’s YA reviews to see that. That includes today’s 5 Star Review by Aurora of Casey Lawrence’s Out of Order. Lynn Schmitz and her fellow PFLAG associates are trying to put together such a library. And they need our help.

Write Lynn, see what books she has already been given, what books the library is looking for and how you can help this project grow! Is there a need for such a library in your county or city? Check it all out and see how we can help our LGBTQIA youth find the joys we discovered in books when we were their age.

Again Lynn Schmitz email address is lschmitz1@comcast.net

Let’s make a difference…one book at a time!

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Thank you and Let’s Keep It Going and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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So last Sunday I posted the need for LGBT YA books for the Prince William PFLAG library and the books started to arrive.  The response has been wonderful.  And the books and the donor’s large hearts so deeply appreciated.  There is nothing better than giving the gift of a book!  One book can make such a huge difference.  It can show you new worlds, give hope and encouragement, let you know that you aren’t alone in feelings or identity, or just take you away for just a moment from the pressing issues and stress that you might be facing.

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Opening a book to me is similar to opening a TARDIS (yep, flying the Geek flag here).  The contents inside are so much bigger, surprising, endlessly fascinating and stimulating….an interior not guessed by the cover on the outside.  Why?  Because its also what we bring to it that can’t be quantified or known.  Who we are and what we bring to the books we read and what we take away from them.   From the comfort of Winnie the Pooh to the joy and pain of self discovery of C Kennedy’s Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, the gift of a book is often immeasurable.   Let’s keep them flowing.  Here is the link again to Lynn Schmitz, Prince William PFLAG facilitator and head of the donations to the  PFLAG YA Library.

 

We also added a new feature on Author Discoveries.  Reviewer BJ started it off with her discovery of author Jaye McKenna and BJ will be reviewing several of her books this week and next.  What new authors have you discovered?  Write us, tell us about their books and let us add them to our list of New Authors to read!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015:

  • Thank you for the Donations and Let’s Keep It Going and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, June 15, 2015:

  • Sean Michaels’ The Bohemians Tour  – excerpt and giveaway
  • JK Hogan’s Shadows Fall Tour and Contest
  • A Paul B Review: Pride’s Children by Evan T. Konnor
  • A MelanieM Review: Protector of the Alpha by Parker Williams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

  • Killian B. Brewer ‘The Rules of Ever After’ Spotlight Post (giveaway)
  • AR Moler’s  “The LD50 of Memories” Tour and Contest
  • A Stella Review: Chasing the Rainbow by Kade Boehme
  • A MelanieM Review: Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

  • Parker Williams “Scent of the Heart” tour and giveaway
  • Book Spotlight: J.T. Hall: Friday at the 7-Eleven (giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Scent of the Heart by Parker Williams
  • A BJ Review:  Facing the Mirror (Guardians of the Pattern #0.5) by Jaye McKenna

Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Riptide Tour:  The Dom Around the Corner by Christin d’Abo. (contest)
  • A New Bluewater Bay Release! “The Deep of the Sound”  by Amy Lane (tour and contest)
  • Torquere Books “Family Time Anthology” release tour and contest
  • A Stella Review: The Dom Around the Corner by Christine D’Abo
  • A Sammy Review: In the Shadow of a Hero by Anna Mayle

Friday, June 19, 2015:

  • Victoria Sue ‘Pure-Innocence‘ virtual tour and contest
  • Jeff Erno’s Guest Post, Blog Tour and contest
  • Make Me Soar by KC Wells Tour and Giveaway
  • 24-Karat Conspiracy‘ by EM Lynley‏
  • A MelanieM Review: Retrograde by RJ Scott

YA Saturday, June 20, 2015:

  • ISO YA Reviewers
  • A MelanieM YA Review: Wet Paint by Will Parkinson

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Love YA Fiction? Want to Donate a Book? This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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The Prince William County PFLAG  (VA) youth group is seeking contributions of either young adult (YA) paperbacks or cash donations to purchase books for the PFLAG youth library.  If you have any questions or wish to donate, please contact Lynn Schmitz, PFLAG facilitator, at lschmitz1@comcast.net.

Not familiar with PFLAG? PFLAG is Parents, Families,Friends,  and Allies united with  LGBTQIA people to move equality forward.  Their National PFLAG website can be found here.  Its also the place to locate your local chapters.  More and more of our publishers are turning toward the YA and New Adult market.  This includes many publishers you are familiar with such as Dreamspinner Press, with its Harmony Ink YA Press,  Interlude Press with its new YA imprint, Duet Books, Torquere Books with its Prizm Press: Young Adult Novels LGBT Characters, Bold Strokes Books (YA division) among the ones that come immediately to mind.

Think about the books you read as a preteen or teenager.  Did the great ones, the memorable ones seem to speak to you?  Involve characters that you could identity with?  I bet some of you are smiling now just remembering those stories that made your day, helped you through a crisis, or just let you know you weren’t alone in your thoughts and problems.  These can be tough years and books that take you away or make things that are scary at that age less fearsome are important.

Now image you are a young LGBTQIA child, preteen, teenager, whatever the age.  I don’t imagine the local or school libraries have many books that have characters that you can identity with.

Where do you turn for stories where you can see yourself in the characters or situations?  That’s where this PFLAG youth library comes in.  There are some terrific YA LGBTQIA stories out there.  You need look no further than our own Aurora’s YA reviews to see that.  Lynn Schmitz and her fellow PFLAG associates are trying to put together such a library.  And they need our help.

Write Lynn, see what books she has already been given, what books the library is looking for and how you can help this project grow!  Is there a need for such a library in your county or city?  Check it all out and see how we can help our LGBTQIA  youth find the joys we discovered in books when we were their age.  Again Lynn Schmitz email address is  lschmitz1@comcast.net

Let’s make a difference…one book at a time!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015:

  • Julie Lynn Hayes – When Will I Be Loved virtual tour and contest
  • Book Spotlight:  Drifting Sands by C.J. Baty (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Love YA Fiction? Want to Donate a Book? This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, June 8, 2015:

  • Cover Reveal for ‘Scent of the Heart‘ by Parker Williams (interview, excerpt and giveaway)
  • Disappear With Me 2nd Edition by Dean Frech tour and contest
  • A Mika Review: The Bruise Black Sky by John Wiltshire
  • A MelanieM Review: Counselor to the Wolves by Liv Olteano

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

  • Cara Dee Blog Tour for Northbound and Northland (guest blog and giveaway)
  • Belinda Burke Totally Bound Tour and Contest
  • A Mika Review: Northbound by Cara Dee
  • A BJ Review: Rorschach Blots by RoughDraftHero aka R. D. Hero

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

  • Drama Queen by Joe Cosentino blog release tour and giveaway
  • Fool School by James Comins‏/Guest Blog and Contest
  • A Mika Review: Northland (The North Novels #2) by Cara Dee
  • A BJ Review: In Sunshine or in Shadow (Short Stories, Volume 1) by Josh Lanyon

Thursday, June 11, 2015:

  • Denial, Deceit, Discovery by J. James Non Fiction Book Tour
  • Book Spotlight:  Cate Ashwood’s The Storm Before the Calm (interview and giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford
  • A MelanieM Review:  Denial, Deceit, Discovery by J. James
  • Reviewer Author Discovery:  BJ on Author Jaye McKenna (new feature)

Friday, June 12, 2015:

  • Patricia Logan ‘Silver Linings’ Virtual tour and contest
  • RJ Scott’s “Retrograde” Release Day Celebration and Contest
  • Brandon Shire’s The Love of Wicked Men Box Set Tour and giveaway
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: When to Hold Them by D. B. Gordon
  • A MelanieM Review: Diamond Draw by Laura Harner (PF 2015)

YA Saturday, June 13:

  • An Aurora YA Review:  Out of Order by Casey Lawrence

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June is LGBT Pride Month! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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President Obama Declares June LGBT Pride Month!

 

Hard to believe that June is here.  The months are just sliding by so quickly.  June is a strange month.  Full of goodbyes….to school, to high school especially as the graduations are over, and young people are moving on to the next stages of their lives.  And as we say to goodbye to certain things we are also welcoming in others…change being constant no matter who, what or where you are.

But one thing unfortunately does remain constant…the needs of our LGBTQIA youth.  For every success like Ireland’s recent vote for marriage rights, there’s Texas trying to hard to make sure that the LGBTQIA Community remain forever locked in a battle for recognition and rights.  All that as President Obama declares June LGBT Pride Month.  A President coming out  for       LGBTQIA rights is huge and something to be celebrated.  So what better way to mark Pride Month than by helping out LGBT youth in need.

In some areas, our schools provide the only shelter, safety net and meals for some children in need, no one more so than LGBTQIA youth.  Yes, there are shelters around but many don’t accept our LGBTQIA homeless youth, a disgrace that is underreported. Now with so many transgendered kids in the news in need of support, lets take time to look at those organizations and shelters doing a necessary job around the nation.  They are in need of our support and in any way you can manage, volunteering and monetary.

PFLAG :  Support your local PFLAG chapters and national organization.   PFLAG stands for Parents, Friends,( and Allies) of Lesbians and Gays.  Its a wonderful organization with local chapters everywhere.  From their Mission Statement:

What does PFLAG do? PFLAG supports people who are LGBTQ, their famlies, friends and alliesboth locally and nationally, providing PFLAG chapter support group meetings and resources. PFLAG also educates families and communities on sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBTQ issues. Local PFLAG chapters educate their communities through a variety of projects while PFLAG National continues to provide fair and accurate information about LGBTQ people, their loved ones, and the unique challenges they face. PFLAG also advocates for equal rights for people who are LGBTQ on local, state, and national levels. – See more at PFLAG website.

Lost ‘n’ Found Youth – Atlanta, GA:  Atlanta’s only non-profit organization dedicated to taking homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth off the street and into more permanent housing, Lost-n-Found Youth is dedicated to the advocacy and service of youth from 13 to 25 years old.

This includes a Crisis Hotline Call or text 678-856-7825 24 hours a day, seven days a week.    A truly wonderful organization.  You can find/donate at

Website:   http://lnfy.org/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LostNFoundYouth

Ali Forney Center – New York City, NY.  The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth.   From their website:

AN EPIDEMIC OF HOMELESSNESS
Studies have found that LGBTQ youth comprise up to 40% of the homeless youth population in New York City. In December 2007 the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services (ESC) reported on the findings of the first New York City Council census of homeless youth in NYC. This data showed that 28% of the street youth identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, 11% were unsure of their sexual orientation or were not comfortable answering the question and 5% identified as transgender with another 18% unsure or choosing not to answer the question about gender identity.

The study also verified what we see at the Ali Forney Center (AFC) everyday; LGBTQ street youth experience greater levels of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking violence, trauma, HIV infection, mental health issues and substance abuse than their heterosexual counterparts in the homeless youth population.

Website:  http://www.aliforneycenter.org/

Write and let me know about the shelters in your area.  Hopefully, soon I will be able to report about a LGBTQIA Shelter in MD-VA-DC soon.  Here are a few more organizations so necessary for Equality and Acceptance:

HRC (Human Rights Campaign):   From their website:HRC_Red-Logo

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Website:  http://www.hrc.org/

Matthew Shepard Foundation:   Matthew Wayne “Matt” Shepard was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12, from severe head injuries.  This foundation, formed by Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother.  From their website:

“Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.”  This includes The Laramie Project, outreach programs and much more.

Website:  http://www.matthewshepard.org/

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Sunday, May 31:

  • A Close Look at LGBTQIA Shelters and Organizations, Our Schedule This Week

Monday, June 1:

  • Wild Pitch Cover Reveal for Sloan Johnson (giveaway)
  • A BJ Review: Manbot by Scarlet Blackwell
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Sultry Sunset by Mary Calmes
  • A MelanieM Review: Two Hearts, One Voice by Valentina Heart

Tuesday, June 2:

  • Two Sides of the Same Coin by Thianna Durston. Book blast and contest
  • Running With the Wind by Shira Anthony – The Mermen of Ea Finale Tour and Contest
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Closing the Loop by Jane Davitt
  • A MelanieM Review: Running with the Wind by Shira Anthony

Wednesday, June 3:

  • Larry Benjamin’s ‘Vampire Rising‘ cover reveal and giveaway
  • Chris T. Kat ‘Despite the Odds‘ Book Blast and Contest
  • The Live Oak Tales by Stephen Del Mar Tour and Contest
  • A Stella Review: Knight of Ocean Avenue (Love in Laguna #1) by Tara Lain
  • A MelanieM Review: Tall With Room by A.J. Llewellyn

Thursday, June 4:

  • Book Tour:  For Real by Alexis Hall (giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Piece Us Back Together Anthology
  • A MelanieM Review: Little Wolf by R Cooper
  • A Mika Review: Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews

Friday, June 5:

  • A Stella Review: Alchemy Ever After by Raine O’Tierney and Sion O’Tierney
  • A Mika Review: Kage by Maris Black
  • A BJ Review: Human Choices (Guardians of the Leythe #2.0) by Jaye McKenna
  • A MelanieM Review: The Summer House by RJ Scott

Saturday, June 6:

  • YA Aurora Post
  • A MelanieM Review: A Councilor to the Wolves by Liv Olteano

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