Monday, July 6, 2015

Diverse Words: June 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!

Diversity in Writing

Suleikha Snyder has five things to keep in mind when writing characters of color.

Author Heather Demetrios responds to a Christian reader uncomfortable with LGBTQ+ characters.

Diversity in Publishing

K. Tempest Bradford sends out a challenge to boost marginalized voices.

Ferguson Municipal Public Library named Library of the Year.

Alyssa Wong recaps the Nebulas and talks the changing future of sci-fi/fantasy.

YA authors react to McKinney, Texas.

Diversity Outside Story

Nine black people were killed by a white supremacist in their church. DNLee talks about the terrorism faced by black Americans.

In the wake of the attack, people demanded the Confederate Flag be removed from South Carolina’s capitol grounds. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a reminder that the Confederacy and its flag stood for white supremacy.

The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed marriage equality regardless of gender, and the New Orleans Advocate followed the day of Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin, the first couple in line to be married in New Orleans.

An officer in McKinney, Texas tackled a black teen girl and pulled a gun on her friends at a pool party.

Congress sold Apache holy land to a foreign mining company.

Two men who survived Cambodia’s most notorious prison return there every day to tell their stories.

The Hollywood Reporter continues their round table of actresses talking about the difficulties they face in the industry. 

A Texas minister self-immolated himself as an act of protest against the racism in his community.

A report on the man in NYC who attacked Asian women who “rejected” him.
(via Alyssa Wong & Marjorie Liu)

Transition-related health costs are now covered for U.S. Federal employees.
(via sarah mccarry)

Maisha Z. Johnson has a guide for Black feminists about problematic things white feminists say.

Crayon Crunch creates a book that can be personalized so any child can be the main character.

At Rookie, Jamia has advice on being an ally.

Daniel José Older writes on the antiblackness involved in the Dominican Republic’s removal of citizenship of anyone of Haitian descent.

Kaye M. has a teen’s guide to Ramadan.

Meredith Talusan talks about transphobia and Caitlyn Jenner.
(via Bogi Takács)

s.e. smith talks about moving past the transition narrative.

Terrell Jermaine Starr reports on the harm of Rachel Dolezal’s pretending to be black.

A Nobel Laureate’s sexist words receive backlash and his resignation.

Brian Young talks about the roles he’ll no longer take as a Native American actor.
(via Debbie Reese)

Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley perform their poem "Lost Voices"

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