This June, we’re so proud to celebrate with our LGBTQIA+ community by sharing stories, events, writing prompts and more that center queer joy!
Subway Scenarios and Sweet Surprisesby Olivia Wronski
Chapter One of Untitled YA Novelby Isioma Okoh
‘The Sun Will Guide Us,’ An Excerptby Kilhah St Fort
Writing for Liberation & Laughter Curated by Sheena Daree Miller
- Sarah LaBrie on Why Writing and Reading About Race is a Privilege, Not a Burden
- Roxane Gay on Writing for Social Change
- Gold Comedy: Comedy Tutorials and Resources for Young Women and Non-binary Folks
- Leigh Anne Jasheway on How to Write Better Using Humor
- Julian Hanna on Writing Manifestos
- Comedian Gina Yashere shares “The Rules of Meeting My Mom”
Move Type of Way
By Tatyanna Wills, Class of 2021
By Sophia DeMartino, Class of 2018 Mentee
My name is Sophia DeMartino. I’m a senior in high school and have been accepted into University at Albany with the help of my mentor, Elle. She helped with writing my college admissions essay, a short story of how I came to redefine myself as a human being, titled “Fag.”
LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations
Pride Month Reads by Girls Write Now Community Members
- A Guide To Gender Identity Terms, NPR
- The Trevor Project: Text and phone based crisis counseling and support
- Hetrik-Martin Institute: HMI is a leading professional provider of social support and programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. HMI offers counseling, homeless services, referrals, a food pantry and more.
- National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color: “The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color. Launched in May 2016, our network has quickly grown into a community of care, resource sharing, connection and learning. We provide a space for queer and trans people of color committed to improving mental health for our communities.” –NQTTCN Mission
Resources Related to Black Culture & Liberation
Curated by Sheena Daree Miller
- Queer Black Poets Since the Harlem Renaissance: A Reading List
- Wanda Sykes on LGBTQ+ History
- Janelle Monáe on Growing Up Queer and Black
- Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective”
- New York Historical Society: The Life of Marsha P. Johnson
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