Things to Do OR How to Make the
World a Better Place for Gays and Lesbians

by Angela Watson

Face it, this is the age Nintendo and XBox. As parents, we want our kids to become well-rounded adults and we know one of the ways to do this is to encourage them to read, by reading TO them when they are small and reading WITH them when they get bigger. This especially rings true for boys who have to cope with a higher rate of ADHD and lower reading and comprehension scores.

Young Reader

Here are some things you can do to help further a love of reading not just for your child but for children of local community as well. The following list come from How to Make the World a Better Place for Gays and Lesbians by Una Hahy.

  • Support the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
  • Become a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation.
  • Discuss the censorship of gay and lesbian books with the local public librarian.
  • Make suggestions to the librarian about which gay and lesbian books and magazines you would like the library to stock.
  • Local gay and lesbian organizations and individuals should constantly pressure the public libraries.
  • If their requests go unheeded, then they must complain to politicians and local officials.
  • Donate your used (in good condition) gay and lesbian books to your local library.
  • If you suspect that the librarian is the censor, report him or her to the Freedom to Read Foundation.
  • If you have access to a college library, take advantage of its gay and lesbian resources.
  • If you find your college library to be lacking in gay and lesbian material, complain to the librarian and the academic dean.

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