Reading. In my childhood it offered hope and a way to thrive. And in our bookstore I saw books change, expand, rescue, lighten, and actually save people's lives. And now fifteen-year-old lesbian Amelia Roskin-Frazee has started the Make It Safe Project to provide packages of LGBTQ themed books to schools and youth homeless shelters.
Here's a Lambda Literary interview with Amelia. Her favorite book right now is Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. I remember when it came out in 1982. I remember the joy of selling it. I remember arguing for it to be put in the the young adult section of our catalog rather than adult fiction. I lost. Things have changed, haven't they?