WATCH: Disrupting Literary Hegemony: Trans and Nonbinary Author Spotlight

Trans and nonbinary authors Kacen Callender, Meredith Russo, Daniel Lavery, and Meredith Talusan joined moderator Kyle Lukoff for a conversation about their struggles and successes. 

Authors Kacen Callender (Felix Ever After, King and the Dragonflies), Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl), Daniel Lavery, and Meredith Talusan joined moderator Kyle Lukoff (Too Bright To See, When Aidan Became a Brother) for a discussion about their difficulties and triumphs as trans and nonbinary authors. 
SLJ's senior editor, picture books, Kimberly Olson Fakih, who introduced the panel, said the webcast "felt more like a gathering of friends" than a panel of esteemed authors.
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The authors of children and adult works discussed their struggles and success, navigating multiple identities (colorism, racism, binary genderism), and some of the cruelty they have faced. They also shared their thoughts on how to make library spaces welcoming while protecting patron privacy.
[READ: Not Quite Banned: Soft Censorship That Makes LGBTQIA+ Stories Disappear]

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