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"Gay As In Happy": Queer Stories of Joy w/ Alex Biscoll

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Our guest Alex Biscoll breaks down why it's important to tell queer stories of joy. The importance of queer fluff, how to talk about queer issues with kids, and how seeing healthy queer relationships is important to developing a full understanding of queer lives.

Alex Biscoll is a queer nonbinary Youth Services library worker at Richland Library. They studied English and Gender and Sexuality at the University of North Florida. They're currently pursuing their Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. They are an avid reader of comic books written by women, queer science fiction, and middle-grade graphic novels. In their free time, they knit, garden, and play board games.

In this episode, Alex discusses a few wonderful books, which you can learn about here.

When Aidan Became a Big Brother by Kyle Lukoff & illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

https://bookshop.org/books/when-aidan-became-a-brother/9781620148372

It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn

https://bookshop.org/books/it-feels-good-to-be-yourself-a-book-about-gender-identity/9781250302953

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

https://bookshop.org/books/the-witch-boy/9781338089516

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero & illustrated by Bre Indigo

https://bookshop.org/books/meg-jo-beth-and-amy-a-modern-graphic-retelling-of-little-women/9780316522885

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

https://onipress.com/products/space-battle-lunchtime-volume-1-lights-camera-snacktion

My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

https://bookshop.org/books/my-lady-s-choosing-an-interactive-romance-novel/9781683690139

How to be You by Jeffrey Mars

http://www.jeffreymarsh.com/howtobeyou

Jeffrey Marsh Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/thejeffreymarsh/

Check, Please! By Ngozi Ukazu

https://bookshop.org/books/check-please-book-1-hockey/9781250177964

Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin

https://bookshop.org/books/heavy-vinyl-riot-on-the-radio/9781684151417

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

https://bookshop.org/books?keywords=the+prince+and+the+dressmaker

To read more book recommendations from Alex Biscoll, visit:

https://www.richlandlibrary.com/our-team/alex-b

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