There are things we don’t talk about as a community because it’s shameful, it’s sad, and it’s painful. It’s hard to talk about times we’ve been targeted for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer. It’s hard to talk about the harassment, the bullying, and the violence we have faced, sometimes even from those we know and care about.
When the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) was seeking a new avenue to raise awareness of bias and hate-motived violence direct
I have spent countless nights in a nest of pillows, reading into the wee hours of the morning. From C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Travelers Wife and Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles, to Joseph Campell’s Power of Myth. It is a practice I began as a child, and one I hope to never outgrow. Books can act as safe havens, as friends, as maps or compasses, all regardless of their content. The guiding