I celebrated all weekend, because a weekend of birthday awesome is better than just one day, don’t you think? I received (and played through) Portal 2 and my wonderful husband got me a Flip camera and tripod so now I can make videos and actually put my Adobe AfterEffects to good use. Thank you, honey!
And while I would love to spend a whole post waxing on about how awesome it is that I was born, I actually want to ask you all for a present.
I mean, I want to ask you all for a present, but the present isn’t for me. I mean, it kind of is in that you’d be getting it because I asked you to. But it’s not for me. Oh, here, just let me explain.
Background: Do you remember a few months ago there was a big brouhaha (isn’t there always one of those?) involving author Jessica Verday, the editor of the YA anthology Wicked Pretty Things, and eventually the publisher Running Press?
Very very very brief summary: Jessica Verday wrote a short story/novella for the anthology called Flesh Which is Not Flesh. Her novella – which, by the way, is amazing – features a romance between two boys. Jessica was told to change the story so that it was a male/female romance because as it stood it would never be acceptable to the publisher. When it went public the publisher came out to say they were completely in favor of Jessica’s original story. The publisher invited her back to the anthology but she didn’t want to work with the editor, for obvious reasons. Jessica faced very very very positive support for her story and her position. I know because I was one of those positive people. This is the Cliffnotes version, but you can read about it here and here if you want more background.
Today: Jessica Verday still wanted to see her novella published, and not long ago she was approached by Lauren Becker who runs Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance. Lauren has decided to set up a scholarship to be used for educational purposes for those who identify as LGBT or an Ally. The scholarship is called the “Living Beyond Tolerance Scholarship.” Her goal is to raise $200 for the scholarship, though if she doesn’t she plans to cover the difference herself. Jessica was so impressed with Lauren and her goal, that she decided to put her novella up on Amazon and all proceeds between now and August 31st will go to the Living Beyond Tolerance Scholarship.
And you know what? This is something I totally respect and support.
So that present I mentioned? Well, I think it would be great if everyone would buy a copy of Flesh Which is Not Flesh this month and post about the scholarship and the novella on their blog, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook. Help support both Lauren and Jessica!
It will soon be available on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
And if you have a need for an educational scholarship, and you identify as LGBT or are an ally, and you meet the other requirements, you should apply for this one. More info can be found here. You have until November to apply.
And you can read about Jessica’s participation here.
I support everything about allowing individuals to follow their heart. Each and every wonderful, crazy, silly, uniquely passionate person in this world should be not only free to believe and love as they see fit but they should be accepted by the world and not just tolerated. Everyone should be allowed to believe in the God they want, the religion they adore, the sexual orientation that makes them whole, the books they want to read, the political party they want to associate themselves with, and of course the dreams they want to pursue.