Gay is One Thing, but This Bruce Jenner Thing….

This  morning I spoke with a man, who by all rights is an open and loving individual, yet he shared honestly with me that he is having a hard time “swallowing” this “Bruce Jenner thing.” I’m writing about this and sharing the following post, because other fairly open-minded friends, including some who identify as gay… Continue reading Gay is One Thing, but This Bruce Jenner Thing….

Bruce Jenner’s Rocking the World!

I recently watched Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, and found myself surprised by two things: The first was when Diane Sawyer mentioned President Obama as the first President to ever actually address “transgender” issues. Bruce’s reply prompted Sawyer to ask if he was a Republican, to which he responded affirmatively. I felt as surprised as… Continue reading Bruce Jenner’s Rocking the World!

Double Exposure author Bridget Birdsall’s appearance on Milwaukee TV.

Here’s the press release that accompanied my appearance on Milwaukee WTMJ Channel 4 TV’s Wisconsin Tonight. “Double Exposure” speaks of bullying, basketball and being yourself   By Rachael Glaszcz. CREATED Jan 30, 2015 Bridget Birdsall is an author who grew up in Brookfield. Her nephew’s suicide inspired her to write a book about victims of… Continue reading Double Exposure author Bridget Birdsall’s appearance on Milwaukee TV.

A Call for Compassion for Trans Teens (And Parents, Too)

How will you answer Leelah’s call for change? The recent death of Leelah (Joshua Alcorn) has created a storm of responses. Some coming from a place of love and compassion, others ringing with anger, blame, and the same intolerance that propagated the pain, which led to Leelah’s fatal decision. Those of us who’ve read Leelah’s suicide note… Continue reading A Call for Compassion for Trans Teens (And Parents, Too)

Cudahy Family Library Receives Book Basket Donation!

Gotta love my fellow writers and illustrators from SCBWI! Check out the generosity of it’s dedicated members below, and of course, that basket contained a copy of DOUBLE EXPOSURE, because hey, that’s where Alyx Atlas Kowalski lives! ____________________________________________________________________ CUDAHY, WI…The Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI-WI) gave a generous… Continue reading Cudahy Family Library Receives Book Basket Donation!

Q & A with Author Bridget Birdsall about “Double Exposure”

  Who was your favorite character to write about and why? Aside from my primary protagonist, Alyx Atlas, who will always have a special place in my heart, the character who made me laugh was Alyx’s quirky, quasi-mentor, Uncle Grizzly. Despite his enormous tattooed girth, his Harley riding rough side, and the fact that he… Continue reading Q & A with Author Bridget Birdsall about “Double Exposure”

Why I wrote a novel about an intersex teen athlete.

My mother used to share a story about a time when I was two years old. She’d purchased a beautiful “pink fairy princess dress,” which billowed with crinoline layers. As the story goes, I refused to put it on. In fact, I threw such a fit that finally in exasperation, she asked, “Why won’t you… Continue reading Why I wrote a novel about an intersex teen athlete.

Booklist says…teens and the rest of us will root for Alyx, an intersex teen athlete who just wants to fit in!

The following review of Double Exposure appeared September 1, 2014 in Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. Booklist Review Books For Youth – Fiction – General Fiction Double Exposure.Birdsall, Bridget (author).Oct. 2014. 304p. Skyhorse/Sky Pony, hardcover, $16.95 (9781629146065). Grades 7-10.REVIEW. First published September 1, 2014 (Booklist). Hermaphrodite. Ambiguously gendered. Freak. Alyx was born with male and female genitalia, and though… Continue reading Booklist says…teens and the rest of us will root for Alyx, an intersex teen athlete who just wants to fit in!