This week I’m celebrating the kindness that has been shown during my LGBT Book Drive.
I know it’s not going to be everyone’s bag of tea and that’s fine but I’m so glad I’m doing this. I have incredible friends who I know with some of them money’s a bit tight but they showed their support. My boss even donated.
Some people I don’t even personally know contributed but I feel we’re kindred spirits because of their acts of kindness. Sara Ryan, a writer and librarian here in Portland, donated a couple of her books and bought some other titles when she dropped them off at the bookstore where I work. Tim Federle, whose Nate books I simply adore, gave through GoFundMe. I really do think writers, readers, and book-lovers in general are the best kinds of people.
Some of the things I’ve done and places I’ve gone to were related to this Book Drive. In Seattle, I found they had a LGBT Library. In Pasadena, for a bookseller’s conference, I met David Levithan, whose books (at least, two) have already been donated, and Alex Gino, who has a book, George, I wish was already out so I can include it.
And, recently, I went to a reading put on by Ooligan Press to buy a copy of their recent publication, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. They had invited a few of the writers to read their work. I appreciated the differing view points they offered and once again I was just reminded how much I don’t know about the LGBT community. But as I had written around the time of the Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer interview and what this Book Drive is reminding me, “whatever letter you are in life’s spectrum, hopefully, you’re a part that stands for LOVE.”
You can donate through GoFundMe here.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is from the Portland Police Bureau.
What are you celebrating this week?