GLBTQ Pride Celebration Sale and Give-aways!

3uPR6zVY_400x400It’s no coincidence that a huge double rainbow was seen over New York City yesterday and here in Long Island where I live I saw a gigantic full rainbow, too. Because… June is National LGBT Pride month! Known just as Pride among most of my friends, gay and straight alike, it’s a month of rainbow waving parades, marches, readings, and celebrations.

On June 28, 1969, police raided a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, called the Stonewall Inn, which kicked off a series of riots. Out of that event, those riots, and a long history of discrimination and persecution, GLBTQ activism and the modern day GLBTQ rights movement was born.

As a GLBTQ ally and the agent of the 2016 Young Adult Stonewall Book Award winning, THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH by Bill Konigsberg, I’m celebrating Pride in my own bookish way. First of all, I want to let you all know that THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH ebook is on sale for just $2.99. If you haven’t read it yet, why not?! Click here to buy it right now! And if you want a hardcover copy of THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH, I’m giving one lucky winner a copy (see below for how to win).

imgresNot only did THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH (AAL Books/Scholastic, 2015 )win the Stonewall Book Award, it also got starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal, was on the 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, the ALA’s 2016 Rainbow List, and received many other accolades and recognitions. I’m very proud to represent Bill Konigsberg and his work, and I urge everyone, gay or straight, teen or adult, to read this book. It’s about a road trip, finding family,not getting the girl, looking for God, AIDS, bad puns, and the Billings, Montana Zoo. Trust me. You want to read it.

I’m also giving away an advance reader copy of GIRL MANS UP by M-E Girard, which doesn’t even come out until the fall (see below for how to win).

girlmansup (1)GIRL MANS UP (HarperCollins, September 2016) is about a queer teen named Pen who realizes the only way she’ll get people off her back is by standing up for herself–even if that means her relationships with her friends and her family get messed up in the process. It’s also about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other. You can pre-order it now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at your nearest independent bookseller.


To win a copy of THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH or GIRL MANS UP, let me know in the comments below what National GLBT Pride Month means to you and how you’ll celebrate. Only one entry per person. All comments are moderated, so please don’t submit twice (i.e. give me time to approve it and post it). All comments must be submitted by midnight, June 9th. I’ll announce the winners here on Friday, June 10th.

Congratulations to wcdameron and Zach J. Payne for winning THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH and GIRL MANS UP. Please email me at with your mailing address.





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11 responses to “GLBTQ Pride Celebration Sale and Give-aways!

  1. Reading “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” recommended by M-E Girard a few months ago. What an amazing book!

  2. Pride Month is tricky for me, because I’m not all the way out. (I believe I once used the phrase Schroedinger’s asexual in a blog post, I think it’s still applicable.) This is with my family in particular, so while they see my “F Yeah Asexual” bumper sticker, or my pride banner on Facebook, they really don’t understand Asexuality.

    Unfortunately, that’s true, even for people in the wider world — both culturally and in the LGBTQ+ community (and God knows some people give me hell for using that acronym, considering it leaves out the A part of my identity–but I fit into the Q, so it works for me. I think if we keep changing the goal posts on people who are trying to learn the terminology and get the acronyms right, we’re going to frustrate them. So I use LGBTQ+).

    Tangent aside: I’m going to spend this month listening to others, and embracing my place in the community, something that I’ve been hesitant to accept. It’s all about turning my brain into a funnel, and taking in everybody else’s experiences, and using that to become a better writer.

    I also want to start claiming my place as an asexual (possibly aromantic? still questioning there) writer, and start doing better representations in my writing, without compromising the integrity of my characters and the stories I want to tell (I have three different F/F stories on the burner, and only one of them involves ace characters. Bad ace writer!)

    I’d also like to write a couple of blog posts this month. Maybe for GayYA or Germ Magazine or — heavens forbid, my own desolate blog!

    • Hi Zach. My daughter is also an ace (both asexual and aromantic) and has found it’s a very misunderstood and ignored group by both straights and members of the LGBTQ community. She gets comments like “it’s a phase; you’ll grow out of it,” or “you’re probably gay and don’t want to admit it.” She did a paper about asexuality for her Psych class and found that from 1-5% of the population (depending on how the survey questions are phrased) see themselves as asexual and/or aromantic. Pretty big group and yet there aren’t any books about their experience out there.

    • Please email me with your mailing address. Thanks.

  3. I celebrate that we live in a country that has made enormous strides in liberties and self expression for everyone. Maybe I will celebrate by eating rainbow cookies! Yum!

  4. National Pride month! A whole month. Not just a weekend of Pride. What an amazing thing.

    I am celebrating by having actually booked off Toronto Pride from work. I will be going downtown at the end of the month and hanging out–and I am super excited about it! I’m also taking this month to catch up on my queer YA reading, and the #ReadProud hashtag has been a great place to find suggestions. I’ve done a little bit of celebrating by doing some local Pride events, as well. I think I’m also going to use this month to give a new queer YA character a voice and story. Time to get writing! 😉

  5. Pete

    I’m going to celebrate by calling my dad, who came out to me about 15 years ago. I’m going to celebrate by having my friend Jon over to catch up on Game of Thrones – he bought me my first camo shorts last year, and I still owe him. I’m going to celebrate by using my super-ninja skills to catch my friend Lisa off-guard with an eyeball-poka, three-stooges style, that defies the best moves in the Matrix. I’m going to celebrate by sending Facebook support and fierceness to Sharon, my friend of so-many-years, who is transitioning and living in North Carolina at the same time… protesting, sticking her new self out there in spite of a the shit-storm. (She’s awesome.)

    I’m going to celebrate like I always do, by loving and dorking with all the great glbtq people that are part of that constellation of connectedness that I get to be a part of.

    June is a good month for pride, but I’m also pretty content with the all-the-time pride I feel for all my friends and family that fit, more-or-less, into those five letters.


  6. wcdameron

    Ten years ago my wife asked me in a Walmart if I was gay. “I don’t want to be,” I replied. I woke up one morning months later and felt something I had not truly felt before in my life. It was happiness, right there, right then. Some days I forget how happy I am until I look back. I’m gay in every sense of the word and wouldn’t want it any other way. Some of us agonize over our late blooming, but it’s never too late to choose happiness. This month, I’ll celebrate the way I have for the past six years. I’ll wake up on June 19th, and think about the many hours Paul toiled in the back yard of his parent’s house, stringing up over two hundred paper lanterns in just the right shade of pale blue for our wedding. It looked like the milky way had been lassoed and tugged into place to drift over our heads. I couldn’t be more proud.

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  8. Traci Bold

    My youngest daughter is in NYC right now 6/5-6/11 for ASTEP’s Artist as Citizen conference at Julliard. She showed us the rain and the rainbows. As several of her friends are gay, she was quite thrilled knowing she was going to be there during this month specifically.

    As for me, I am celebrating every one’s uniqueness through social media to bring awareness and show my support for ALL PEOPLE. Being gay, transgender, heterosexual, bi, etc. is the same as being human. Why? Because WE ARE ALL HUMANS and we are all different than one another in some way. And, all of these ways, (unless you are a rotten person in general) should be celebrated and supported. I hate people being treated poorly because of their sexual identity, gender, color of skin, religion, size, etc. Animals are so much smarter than humans because they do not do this. I am anxious for when the majority of humans finally evolve and love people for exactly who they are and not for what we expect them to be.