I've been a fan of Justin Sayre's work for a while now. I watch his stand up on YouTube and love his podcast, "Sparkle & Circulate." His spot-on analysis of gay culture is always a treat and was exceedingly excited when I learned Sayre was working on his first novel for young adults.
Many of them admitted to me that it was not easy to write a poem for a large project in which they were just one piece of the puzzle. For many, this was their first foray into writing for a Y/A audience, as well. They took enormous creative leaps.
Blume has written over 21 books for girls with more than 80 million copies of her books sold worldwide; her work has been translated into 31 languages, making her an internationally acclaimed girls' book author
As long as gay athletes are scared to come out, because they worry about what their teammates and fans might think or even because they fear for their safety and their future, society will not recognize that it is possible to be both gay and sporty.