About the Time magazine cover story

A much-ballyhoo’ed issue of Time magazine hit the newsstands today.  By “much-ballyhoo’ed,” I mean they did a lot of advance PR for it among LGBT folks online (sample size of one: this reporter received an email).  By “hit the newsstands,” I mean, some folks are getting it in print today, others will see it in a crinkly, tattered version in their doctor’s office next week or the week after.  The rest of us will be not only reading the cover story online but absorbing the meta-story around it.

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In the Words of Our Children: Supreme Court, Take Note

Marriage=AmiciCuriaeWe’re on the eve of the United States Supreme Court’s hearing arguments for and against marriage equality. Tuesday is Prop 8’s day in court, Wednesday DOMA takes the stand. The consequences, regardless of their ruling (expected in late June), will be significant, wherever you live. (Freedom to Marry’s got a useful all-on-one-page primer.)

Nearly a month ago, when all the friend of the court (or Amicus) briefs were being submitted to the Supreme Court, a half a dozen organizations submitted one on behalf of the youth–the people, usually seen in ads but rarely truly heard, in whose best interests these marriage laws are supposed to be working.

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Banned Books Week Special: Some favorite kids’ lit titles


Banned Books Week (this year, Sept 30 – Oct 6): always a favorite among bibliophiles, and a particular favorite among we who keep finding books about us banned. Before it ends tomorrow, I wanted to call out a half dozen or so favorite kid’s book titles from our family’s library.  There aren’t nearly enough books for children with family or gender diversity in them, but the lists I consult (like this page of well-defined lists from the Welcoming Schools curriculum) can still be dizzying. And given how few images our kids get of ourselves and our families in the culture around them, dull, one-dimensional, pedantic, inadequate, or pat books are even more disappointing. It’s tough, but it’s true: when there’s a paucity of imagery, what is out there is subject to high scrutiny and higher expectations.

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