Monday, March 2, 2015

Diverse Words: February 2015

Diversity is a major topic of discussion in publishing, and so Diverse Words is a monthly link round-up that will highlight some conversations going on in publishing and beyond.

This segment is continually a work in process, so suggestions are always welcome!


It’s Black History Month and Adafruit continues their annual series on Black creators.

Diversity in Writing

Debbie Reese has advice on selecting beta readers at American Indians in Children’s Literature.

Bad Representation Vs. Tokenism Vs. Diversity

Stacy Whitman writes up her session on writing for a diverse audience. 

Lee & Low links to awards and grants for authors of color.

HBO seeks diverse, emerging writers for a fellowship.

Cynthia Leitich Smith writes on contemporary Indian stories, and insider vs. outsider perspective.


Diversity in Publishing

Malinda Lo has a series talking about the way book reviews discuss diversity.

Ellen Oh has a message for booksellers, librarians, teachers, parents, and all the other gatekeepers of the books kids read.

Kayla Whaley talks about how diversity at publishing events needs to mean accessibility as well as an invitation.
(via Marieke Nijkamp)

Cindy L. Rodriguez talks about depression in the YA and Latin@ community.

A report on “The Color of Children’s Literature” panel.

The Horn Book asks “Are We Doing It White?” and this is one time you should read the comments.

K.T. Bradford puts out a challenge to expand reading lists past straight, white, cis male authors.

Mosaic Stock has a Kickstarter to diversify stock photography, especially for use as book covers.

Shannon Hale talks about boys being left out of her author visits.

K. Tempest Bradford talks about “Uncovering Hidden Black History” through media.


Diversity Outside Story

“Native Americans Talk Gender Identity at a ‘Two-Spirit’ Powwow”

In Massachusetts, anti-Islamic fliers threatening mass death were distributed.

In Norway, over 1000 Muslims create a symbolic protective circle around Oslo’s synagogue.

Photographer Jess T. Dugan noticed a lack of representation of older trans people and so created a photo series.

s.e. smith writes on how we need to change the angel-burden narrative around disabled children.

A study shows that teachers grade girls worse in math when they knew the students’ names rather than when the tests were anonymous.

In the past month, there have been multiple murders of trans women of color.

A teen boy who shared his experience of seeing his father and brother killed by U.S. drones was killed by a drone.
(via Saladin Ahmed)

The governor of Kansas has rescinded laws protecting LGBT workers.
(via Shaun Hutchinson)

Three Muslim students were murdered by a man who had threatened them before. (LInk opens a video.)

A report shows that almost 50% of Black and Latina women in STEM fields have been mistaken for custodial staff.

Biologists believe sex is a much wider spectrum than the binary.

The U.S. Justice Department prepares to sue Ferguson, Missouri for racial discrimination. (Link opens a video.)

Mikki Kendall talks about “The Harassment Game.”

Brooke Guinan talks about being New York’s first transgender fire fighter.



Advice from LGBT Seniors


Getting Called Out: How To Apologize

1 comment:

  1. Really good links this month. Stories about Muslims protecting Jews or Christians protecting Muslims always give me hope that maybe we can make the world a better place.

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