sometime this year you are going to steal your first pack of cigarettes from *redacted*’s mom: please don’t ? you will like them far too much and also will feel bad forever for stealing
Birthdays are a great (terrible?) time for self-reflection — and what better occasion to mentally travel through time back to being a tween than Autostraddle’s 12th birthday which is on March 9?!
LGBT fiction for the tween / young teen in your life, or for anyone who likes a good queer book (spoiler: that’s everyone).
“When I asked my friends from high school if they remembered me ever mentioning my records, most of them had no idea. Just as most of them had no inkling of my queerness before I finally came out.”
Yesterday’s National School Walkout, Ellen, the Pennsylvania special election upset, National Geographic’s racism, Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty, not ready for the 90s comeback, and so much more!
The Parkland shooting sparks a teenage-led gun control movement, a queer feminist bookstore in Mississippi, Mister Rogers, Russian propaganda is pretty insane, Amy Sherald’s art, and so much more.
Self-awareness, plasma, nostalgia, that fucking UN vote, teachers leading the revolution, who gets $$$ from the NRA, abortion rights (still!), death rituals all over this world, and so much more!
The music you listen to in your teen years mixes with your hormones and emotions and overwhelms you and permanently molds you. You make mix tapes, you go to shows, you buy band t-shirts and posters, you get ill advised tattoos. It’s a lot of fun.
Enter Bright Lite — the badass magazine for girls that, true to its name, will bring light to your world, a grin to your face, and much-needed hope to your heart.
The star of the Disney Channel’s Shake it Off, a dance show co-starring Zendaya, answered a fan who sent the question “are you bisexual?” with a simple “yes.”
The GSA is now more inclusive of all genders and sexualities but the Older Americans Act isn’t inclusive of LGBT elders; Islan Nettles’ killer will go to prison for 12 years; progress on Merrick Garland’s confirmation, a congresswoman crusading against online harassment and more.
Through rule-breaking, more than one unauthorized hot air balloon flight, and a lot of other creative and brave attempts at escape, (RE)Sisters reveals truths about what we know, but may not always be able to say: that we are itching to break free of the implicit and explicit confines the white supremacist, patriarchal, heterosexist, cissexist, ableist, imperialist world puts on us.
Luna opened a door for me — no, it opened a thousand doors, doors that I’ve been confidently walking through ever since I came out.
The names of the main characters, Nic and Battle, were gender neutral enough that I projected heterosexuality onto them, not yet knowing that gay YA lit was something even there to be looked for.
We’re participating in GLSEN’s Ally Week and talking about how K-12 educators can become better allies to the LGBT youth in their schools.
“So much of being a girl in this society is about people trying to CONTAIN you. When I think about camp, I get this gut feeling, remembering the sky above my head. No walls, no parents. During the school year, you’re just trying to survive. Camp is a chance to be someone freer- an actual person.”
Ellen DeGeneres’ GapKids x ED Collection is smart, cute, and full of subtly subversive messaging against prescriptive gender roles. Basically, the best girl’s clothing line I’ve ever seen.
Kids in New South Wales won’t see Gayby Baby at school for Wear It Purple Day, Donald Trump kicks Jorge Ramos out of his press conference, women vote in Saudi Arabia, Walmart no longer selling assault weapons, and more.
In this very special Drawn to Comics we get to announce Cathy G. Johnson’s new book about a misfit middle school girls’ soccer team and talk about the upcoming queer paranormal romance anthology The Other Side!
Gov. Mike Pence can’t give us a straight answer, good news for Ferguson protestors, Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination lawsuit and more news for you!