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New children’s book tells the story of a trans teddy bear

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Page from "Introducing Teddy" by Jessica Walton
When her father Tina came out as trans about three-and-half years ago, Australian author Jessica Walton was inspired to write "Introducing Teddy." ...

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“Captain Underpants” gets banned from school book fair because of gay character

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Captain Underpants has come under considerable fire for the company he keeps.
An elementary school in Michigan has banned the latest "Captain Underpants" novel because one of the main characters is gay. ...

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41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Kashmiri writer and senior Journalist Ghulam Nabi Khayal reads a magazine at his residence on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Dozens of writers, including Khayal, have returned India's highest literary honor to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office.
For example: In 2011, the state of Gujarat banned Joseph Lelyveld's biography on Mohandas K. Gandhi, after reviews suggested Gandhi had a homosexual relationship. ...

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Duke students reject celebrated book because of gay themes

Monday, August 24, 2015
A page from "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel.
"I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to read it." ...

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Public meeting over reading of gay fable to third graders canceled

Friday, June 19, 2015
In “King & King” by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, the prince tells his mother “I must say ... I've never cared much for princesses.”
A public meeting in a small North Carolina town over the reading of a story about a gay prince to third-graders has been canceled. ...

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Original ‘X-Men’ character Iceman outed as gay

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
He's been part of a wildly popular superhero team since its very beginning. But there's something we never knew about Bobby Drake, aka Iceman of the X-Men... Bobby is gay. ...

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‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ – Watershed story is revised, updated

Monday, March 16, 2015
Author Leslea Newman, of Holyoke, Mass., displays a copy of her book "Heather Has Two Mommies." Newman, who wrote the original version of "Heather Has Two Mommies," 25 years ago, about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies, has updated the book with fresh illustrations from a new artist..
The playful picture book was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting, has been revised and updated with fresh illustrations from a new artist. ...

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Award-winning author David Pratt on love, family, and ‘Looking After Joey’

Sunday, February 15, 2015
David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for “Bob the Book,” is back with a funny and touching new novel, “Looking After Joey." In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must look after Joey, a porn character who unexpectedly steps through the TV ...

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Wisconsin school will not ban children’s book about girl with two moms

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The book, "Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story," tells the story of a little girl who learns how to be nice to her cat with the help of her two mothers. ...

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Annie Proulx: ‘I wish I’d never written’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Monday, December 29, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.
Proulx says that ever since her 1997 short story was adapted into a film, too many people misunderstand its message. ...

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