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Plaza Voices: LGBT Immigrants

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As of 2013, there were an estimated 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., in addition to approximately 637,000 documented LGBT immigrants, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

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Recently, the finalists for the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards were announced. Always expanding as the number of LGBT books continues to grow, these awards celebrate the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing--fiction, nonfiction, genres, and children's and young adult books. Out of more than 800 submissions from over 400 publishers, finalists were chosen in various categories. Here are some of the finalists from our collection:

Rethinking normal : a memoir in transition

by Katie Rain Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school.

Gender failure

by Ivan E. (Ivan Elizabeth) Coyote

Reviewer Rating:
4

This book will challenge your notions about gender, including the male/female binary and what transgender means to you. Coyote and Spoon created this book out of live performances they did all over Canada and the United States, shows that incorporated music, animation, and stories. Along with the stories, photographs, song...

Queerly beloved : a love story across gender

by Diane Anderson-Minshall

Reviewer Rating:
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and how...

Boys don't cry

Reviewer Rating:
4

This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena.  I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie...

For today I am a boy

by Kim Fu

Reviewer Rating:
4

A beautifully written exploration of identity and fitting in. Peter Huang was born in a small town in Canada to first generation immigrants from China. His father, delighted to have a boy after 2 girls, names him Juan Chaun, "powerful king." Peter grows up with his three sisters, knowing inside...

Grl2grl : short fictions

by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:
5

Julie Ann Peters is probably my favorite author of all time. I offer this as a disclaimer because I think it would pain my heart to give her anything below a five star rating. That bias aside though, Grl2Grl is a great resource for teens or adults who are questioning...

Freakboy

by Kristin Clark

Reviewer Rating:
4

This novel in verse explores gender identity through the eyes of various folks on all parts of the spectrum. Brendan never felt like a super masculine guy, but he hasn't always wanted to be a girl, either. Angel, who Brendan meets at a center for GLBT teens, befriends Brendan and...

Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan

Reviewer Rating:
5

From the cover and title of this one, you might think this is a love story...and you'd be right, but wrong. It's about love, but not romantic love, not entirely. The two boys kissing in the title are Craig and Harry, who are ex-boyfriends, but are attempting to break the...

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