Laurin Mayeno Tag

My Book in this VICE article


Here we go again, it seems that people just being who they are if that happens to be Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Trans, or gender non conforming seems to really piss White Christian families off. If not enrage them, it really fucking scares them. Check out this article about this town and how they handled books featuring queer children and Queer librarians trying to broaden the minds of local children and families. It was not cool how they essentially forced these librarians to quit. My book with. Laurin Mayeno happens to be the image featured here but really there are so many kids books featuring Black folks, people of color, queer or gender fluid characters that really scare just by existing. Smh
After reading a few more articles it seems that the heart of this issue is that they attacked queer librarians and made them (the key holders of a variety of information, stories, and resources) feel unwelcome; not only in their job but in their town.
Check out this good news pertaining to the book though: Gender Nation 

One of a Kind Like Me- Audio coverage


This is a short interview author Laurin Mayeno did recently to talk about our book “One of a kind, like me” or “Unico Como Yo” which Gender Nation bought along with tons of other Lgbtq / Gender fluid stories. While our book has been banned in some states, schools like Nystrom in Richmond California and in other cities are getting more thanks to Gender Nation; an organization dedicated to affirming queer kids by getting books like ours into schools.
Channel 7 article link 
If you’re new to the book this is the synopsis:

Tomorrow is the school parade, and Danny knows exactly what he will be: a princess. Mommy supports him 100%, and they race to the thrift store to find his costume. It’s almost closing time – will Danny find the costume of his dreams in time?

This is the last post I made about Gender Nation who you should support! If you want to buy the book, cop it here.

Banned Books Week Panel

Yo, I’ll be speaking with my co creator Laurin Mayeno, Betsy Gomez of Banned books Week , and the creators of Something Happened In Our Town. Tune in at 11:30 am PST!
Here are some of the other discussions happening next week!


Pride & Less Prejudice -Feature


Shout out to these folks at Pride and Less Prejudice, they featured my book One of a Kind Like Me in their book bundle! This organization raises money to get queer books into the hands of educators looking for them. Salute to them for that and it looks like me, Blood Orange Press, and author Laurin Mayeno are in good company.
Check out the “Crayon Bundle” HERE
If you missed the last supportive post check it out. Gender Nation.

Gender Nation – One of a Kind Like Me


So recently a picture book I worked on with Laurin Mayeno and Blood Orange Press got banned from a few schools. Read that post here. And we got a bunch of negative comments about the book from parents and adults who are frankly scared. They’re scared of folks who they don’t know, understand, or want to have to get to know so they can teach their children to understand them. 
But at the same time we got some good news! This organization Gender Nation founded by two parents who have queer kids to get books about the LGBTQ community and diverse stories into San Diego schools. They fundraise, and get these books into schools where they might not have the $ or just didn’t know about them. And our book “One of a kind, like me/ Unico Como Yo” is one of their books.
Please watch the video and go to their fundraising page because they’re now aiming to get these books into schools in Los Angeles, one of the biggest school districts in the US.

My book was banned!


You know, I’ve seen other books get banned and I’m always surprised because these are books about people of color, Black folks, or queer folks. It feels like you life is being banned. I’m not queer, but I have queer family and friends and it feels like they’re being banned. It also feels like they don’t want their kids to “know” something. If the books were causing actual harm to people, or preaching hate I’d feel different. But often, the books are simply illustrating stories that haven’t been told before and that is scary. To them.
Well I’ve been sitting with the news that my book “One of a kind, like me/ Unîco Como Yo” -a bilingual picture book about a boy who wants to be a princess” was banned in a North Carolina school district. And it feels different when it’s your book. But, we’re not backing down. In fact we’re trying to get it to more kids and families. PLEASE support your local LGBTQ organizations rather than lashing out towards parents who are scared of difference or having real open minded conversations with their kids.
Want to read the piece the author Laurin Mayeno wrote? ARTICLE LINK
Orgs in North Carolina you can support:
And some good news!!!! 
Yeah we like that y’all. This San Diego organization lead by two moms who have queer kids is making sure more schools have access to kids books that reflect them in the stories. Can I get a hell yeah?! Watch the Video  HERE!

Shout out to Gender Nation!!!