Golden Crowne Literary Award: Why Support Lesbian Writers?

Authors Bridget Birdsall and Dorothy Allison at a Lambda Literary Retreat.

I’m proud to say that “Double Exposure“ has been nominated for a 2015 Golden Crown Literary Award! Bestselling author Dorothy Allison will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) conference, July 22-26 in New Orleans. I met Dorothy several years ago when I was a Lambda Fellow-2010, and I have… Continue reading Golden Crowne Literary Award: Why Support Lesbian Writers?

Ann Bausum Breaking Out With a New Book on the Evolution of Gay Rights: “Stonewall”

Ann Bausum will join me at Barnes & Noble West in Madison (7433 Mineral Point Road, near West Towne Mall) on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 7 p.m. We will read and discuss the powerfulpotential for books to make a difference in our world—along with the importance of LGBT books, both fiction and nonfiction. If… Continue reading Ann Bausum Breaking Out With a New Book on the Evolution of Gay Rights: “Stonewall”

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)

When Words Kill: The Trauma of Bullying

Article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: When Words Kill. By Bridget Birdsall. Sticks and stones can break your bones but words can actually kill you. Seriously. It happened in my family, and it could happen in yours. Jeffrey Fehr was different. He was handsome. He was 18 years old. He’d been the captain of his high… Continue reading When Words Kill: The Trauma of Bullying