I’m with the Huffington Post: reactions to the marriage equality ruling gave me all the feels too.
I was especially touched by the stories of same-sex couples in uber-conservative areas who were able to marry. You couldn’t have an article about same-sex marriage in South Dakota without some idiocy, but so much of this story of the first same-sex couple to marry in my adopted home state, South Dakota, made me happy. Thanks, SCOTUS!
I also found myself unexpectedly touched by all the brands getting behind #LoveWins. No clue why. And buildings lit up in rainbow lights! (Scroll to the end to see–though the whole article is worth a read.)
And then there was Charleston. Philip Nel knocks it out of the park, as always, and also includes lots of links for further reading and understanding.
I appreciated Vasilly’s post, On Recovery, and especially her words about the importance of speaking up:
You may not know how to contribute to the conversation. Listen to what others are saying. Speak up even if it means offending or losing the support of family or friends. It may be hard, but isn’t it harder living in a world where horrific things of this nature happen? Acts of hatred and terrorism cannot be fought by being silent or on the defense. That’s not how the world is going to change.
And now for some book lists:
The Hub has a terrific list of LGBQT titles for middle school. If you’re a middle-school teacher, are these books in your classrooms and libraries? Are teachers reading and book-talking them? Please say yes.
Jillian Heise shares the most popular books in her seventh-grade classroom library.
Kellee shares the Top Checked Out Books by her middle-school readers. Cool spoiler alert: 34 of the top 35 titles are graphic novels!
Read Breathe Relax shares the Best Young Adult Books of 2015 So Far. Man, I’ve got to get busy reading.