I'm proud to announce that I am one of the hosts for Queer YA Scrabble, an event which aims to increase awareness of LGBTQ-positive YA, taking place from 6-8 June, in support of Stonewall UK.
Want to learn more about Stonewall UK? They have a campaign tackling homophobic bullying in schools and colleges: Stonewall Education for All. They also have a website specifically aimed at young people for them to learn more about LGBTQ issues and get support if they need: Young Stonewall.
As for the Queer YA Scrabble event, participants will hunt for letters concealed in blog posts featuring queer YA books and then solve anagrams allowing them to compete for a chance to win a box full of great titles. Following the promotional game, another set of book boxes will be up for bid with 100% of proceeds donated to Stonewall.
This event is organised by Julia Ember (Twitter, website), an author of queer YA herself. She's created a blog especially for the event, where you can find more info and weekly updates! Check out the blog and stay updated: Queer YA Scrabble blog.
We already have over 30 authors who have signed up to take part in this event and send in their books for the giveaway! It's shaping up to be an amazing event.
If you're an author who writes queer YA or identifies as queer, then please do consider signing up for this event via the author registration page!
I am one of six blogs helping to host this event. You should check out the other awesome blog hosts as well!
There's already an Indiegogo page to raise money for Stonewall UK: you can start donating now!
Do help to promote this event on Twitter and on your blog if you can! We want lots of people participating so we can raise as much money for Stonewall as possible and so that more people can learn about these queer YA books!