Lisa Kaas Boyle, in The Huffington Post, has written an article entitled, It Will Get Better: Speaking out on Gay Suicides.  She states, " Healthy gay teenagers are dying in their homeland. Whether they take their own lives like Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, or are murdered like Matthew Shepard of Laramie, these young Americans die because they are gay in a culture that tells them quite plainly that America does not accept them. This message comes not only from religious institutions that claim to preach the word of God, but from states and the American government that stigmatize gays as second class citizens, barred from experiencing the rights other Americans take for granted."

The It Gets Better Project is working diligently to provide support for these vulnerable young people - .to give them places to turn when they feel everyone is against them - when they feel the world would be a better place without them. It's important work and it's urgently needed. Please click on the link below to read the full article that states the issue so elegantly.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-kaas-boyle/it-will-get-better-speaki_b_754709.html
 
 
Our publisher has ordered a reprint of our book to fill some of their back orders, and the Amazon website says they only have one book left. Maybe we are able to get this story out, deepen folks' understanding of GLBT's, and help stop the harassment and degradation that is causing gay teens to end their lives. This is our prayer.
 
 
Yesterday Jane and I did a book reading and signing at True Colors Book Store at 48th and Chicago in Minneapolis - the oldest feminist bookstore in the world! We learned that Minneapolis is in danger of losing this famous landmark if something isn't done to help drive traffic to the store and to improve cash flow.  We committed to host a circle of conversation (after the holidays) with interested individuals who would be willing to explore ways to bring this about. Would you be willing to join the circle conversation and help True Colors remain a vital part of our community? Please email me at the address on this home page if so, and thanks so much.   
 
 
Jane and I met with a book group in Marshalltown, Iowa to discuss our book, and they asked if we would conduct the conversation using the PeerSpirit Circle process (see http://peerspirit.com/downloadable-gifts.html for basic circle guidelines).  A couple of days following the meeting, here are some of the comments we received from book club members:

"I was eagerly awaiting the visit of you both and to meet the authors of this fabulous book that I had read and sooooooo enjoyed.  But more than that, I wanted to meet you as people, as women and human beings .  And what a meeting it was!! To meet you both in circle was so rich, so deep and so amazing....it was hard to let go of the morning.  And I can now sit and feel that circle strength as I visualize us all together in that amazing circle of safety and love.  Thank you so much for that.  The power of those visuals will be recalled, and our conversation about your book touches me so deeply, I cannot tell you."

And another: "We all enjoyed having you join our group as as we conversed about your book -- a memory that will always stay with us.  It was so powerful to sit with you both in Circle.  This is what will change this illusionary world we live in -- small groups getting together, stirring the energy with a silver oar, and letting the energy go back out to surround others."

We were so honored to share this experience with such a delightful group of spiritual, competent women.
Bonnie