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Labeling LGBT content as "mature"

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Both YouTube and the world of books have a common problem: Labeling, warning, and filtering media for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content.

You read that right. We're not talking about sexually explicit material. The mere appearance of something flagged as LGBTQIA+ is enough to earn a content warning as "mature." Meanwhile, Disney Princesses continue to smooch their Prince Charmings and YouTubers promoting heterosexuality can share their wisdom about vibrators unrestricted.

Aside from the generalized ignorance that being LGBTQIA+ is somehow all about what folks do in bed, this has...

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Elisa Rolle Promotes Days of Love & Queer Places in Coral Gables, FL

Friend of the company and Rainbow Awards host Elisa Rolle is presenting her new book, Days of Love, at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL. 

The book is:

Packed full of beautiful photos and illustrations it lovingly features the personal stories of 700 LGBT couples from the dawn of history to the present day. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of the families they have started together. Days of Love is also a great source of LGBT trivia and stories...

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In case you missed it: March new releases

 

We're heading into spring soon, and we have two new releases this month to keep you warm until the weather turns. Both books deal with complex themes and the human condition. Check them out!

Breaking Anchor, by Geonn Cannon

If you're looking for a real-world, contemporary setting and a good enemies-to-lovers story, this is a good one.

I found this book to be engaging, thought provoking, and an extremely enjoyable read. -Curtie

I...

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Advance Praise for 'Surrogate'

Jeanne G'Fellers new releases Sci Fi Surrogate

I don't know about you, but I love a good science fiction novel, especially one that breaks from traditional formulas. Tomorrow is release day for Surrogate by Jeanne G'Fellers,and readers are already enjoying it:

The protagonist is relatable as she struggles to find her footing in a new world and come to grips with her home-world. Her adjustment to a world that has choices is a masterful handling of when cultural differences clash. -Anne, Goodreads review

I really liked that the...

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Writing Outside Our Experience

Many of us like to write stories about people who, in some way, share our experiences. For survivors of trauma, writing about fellow survivors may be key in the healing process. Sometimes, we write because we don't see enough people similar to us in our books. I like to write about my fellow LGBTQIA folks because it helps bring me closer to my community.

When we do step out of our area of firsthand knowledge, it's important to keep some things in mind:

  • What led you to telling...

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