Saturday, November 18, 2006

YES Success!

On Saturday, November 18, 2006, Pride Comics was one of several LGBT community groups at the Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) in San Francisco.





"YES is a FREE Bay Area conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth dedicated to fostering safe schools and youth activism. YES focuses on giving youth organizers tools to combat homophobia and transphobia in schools."
--GSA Network, the organizer of the event



An estimated 350 middle and high school students from across California attended the event!



Workshops included GSAs in religious high schools, transgender inclusion, zine creation, and the history of LGBT activism.



Meeting kids as young as thirteen who were out and proud, was simply amazing. Allies and adult supporters were also there. I wish I remembered to get a pic of PFLAG!








The burrito lunch was a hit, thanks to the awesome volunteers of GSA Network!



Blake Curia, creator of the upcoming Pride Comics series "The Dropouts" was also in attendance (though a bit camera-shy), along with Pride Comics volunteer Desmond Miller. By the end of the event, over 150 copies were given away. The kids loved it, and during breaks and lunch you could see dozens reading Pride High in the school. We were asked by several attendees if we would be there next year. Most definitely!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pride High @ YES, November 18th!



Pride Comics will have a booth at YES in San Francisco on November 18th! There will be over 400 queer youth activists in attendance from across Northern California.

"YES (The Youth Empowerment Summit) is a FREE Bay Area conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth dedicated to fostering safe schools and youth activism. YES focuses on giving youth organizers tools to combat homophobia and transphobia in schools."

http://www.gsanetwork.org/yes/

I'd like to provide free copies of Pride High for this event. Please consider making a donation to aid in this effort. My goal is $350.00, which is enough to print and ship 100 copies of Pride High. Any amount, no matter how small, will help. Let's get Pride High into the hands of those that need it the most!

http://pridecomics.com/donations.html

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dude! Where's My Romance Novel?!

As a kid, I used to secretly go through my sister's stash of Harlequin Romance novels. Since there's a high probability that my sister will see this post, so much for secrets! Well, a few days ago, I heard about Discreet Young Gentleman. A trashy romance novel (I use the term lovingly), but with two guys?! It was a dream come true! I ordered it, received it yesterday, and only planned to read a couple of chapters. Well, I kept telling myself I would put it down... and then before I knew it, it was 5am in the morning and I had finished the book.

It's got dashing young men, ghosts, class conflict, internalized homophobia, severe body image issues (yes, really), and some rather hot lovin' romance-novel style. The comedic moments are done just right, and add to the poignancy of the lovers' dilemma. MJ Pearson is quite talented and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work!