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    Best Video Ever!

    This video is the first thing I posted on this blog. But I love it so much, I decided to post it again.


    The song--Master Plan--is by Adam Lambert. The video is by the ontd_ai online community. I'm sure you'll recognize a lot of faces.[tweetmeme source="JanetTrumble" only_single=false]


    James Howe dishes on Adam Lambert, Barack Obama, and gay rights, and reveals why author Libba Bray might want to watch her back!

    In Parts I and II of my interview with author James Howe (The Misfits, Totally Joe), Jim graciously and freely discusses everything from gay stereotypes to his connection to character Joe Bunch. In Part III, Jim gets even more personal, sharing his feelings on a wide variety of topics.

    Jim in Vermont (notice the one blue egg in the carton)


    Barack Obama. Complicated.  I read both his books before and right after he was elected and was amazed to think we could have such a brilliant and deep thinker, writer, and philosopher as president.  Now I look at him more as a politician and I don’t know whether to be disappointed in him personally or just heave a big sigh for politics in general.  I haven’t given up hope, though.  I think he may still go down in history as one of our great presidents.  I do wish he was more sensitive to LGBT issues, however, and would be more mindful of us as full human beings with the same rights as everyone else.  Ironic that his election is the major civil rights breakthrough that it is, and yet here we LGBT people are, still fighting for full citizenship.

    Twitter. Well, it’s fun to say.  (Although I can never remember which is the verb and which is the noun – “twitter” and “tweet”.)  (Personally, I don’t twitter.)  (Or is it tweet?)

    Writing or acting? Writing.

    Parentheses or Em-dashes? I’m such a parentheses guy.  (Seriously.)

    Libba Bray sings for the first ever YA-author rock band Tiger Beat, which includes Daniel Ehrenhaft, Barney Miller, and Natalie Standiford.  Assuming they’re a Gang of Five just waiting for a 5th (a plot element in The Misfits and Totally Joe) what talents could you offer the band? Not to knock Libba out of the spotlight, but I’m a good singer and love to perform.  Harmony?  Back-up?

    Edward or Jacob? Who?

    New York or Austin? New York, but I love to visit Austin.  In the future, I hope to answer: Vermont, but I love to visit New York and Austin.

    Cats or dogs? I have both.  Please don’t make me choose.

    Left to right - Otis, Mark, Zoey and Jim (Christmas 2009)


    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Don’t get me started!

    Reparative Therapy. When it’s suggested for heterosexuals we can talk.

    On good natured teasing. I’m all for good-natured teasing.  I think one of the rights LGBT people are fighting for is the right to take ourselves lightly!  When I talk about teasing and name-calling in middle schools, I always try to make the distinction between good-natured teasing and the mean-spirited kind.  One thing that’s very important is that when people banter and tease they have an understanding (usually unspoken) that they’re playing by the same rules and it’s okay to play with each other this way.  I also think it’s important that when someone crosses the line from good-natured to mean (even unintentionally) that the person on the receiving end let the other person know that what they said or did hurt or upset them.

    Neil Patrick Harris, when asked by a teen on Twitter for advice on coming out, said this:  “Stand tall.  Be proud of who you are.  Don’t break promises.  Want to learn.  Represent well.  But more than anything, be safe.”  In 144 characters (the max length of a Tweet), what advice would you give kids who are struggling with authenticity? Speak your truth and open your heart to those who can be trusted to hear your truth and be tender with your heart.  Be strong and kind and be with those who are good for your being. [Note: We’ll forgive him for not knowing that Twitter counts spaces!)

    Adam Lambert has spoken about his theater days and how he was told by his bosses to tone down the gay.  Colin says a similar thing to Joe.  How do you feel about that? I don’t think anyone should have to tone down who they are just so other people can feel comfortable.   I spent years of my early life “toning down” the parts of myself that others read as girly or “queer” (we didn’t use the word “gay” when I was young).  When I came out, one of the things I noticed right away was how my body began to relax, how I was no longer afraid that my gestures or ways of talking would “give me away” or make others laugh or be uncomfortable.  It’s a terrible waste of time and energy to tone down or change who you are just because other people have a problem with it.  He’s so out there, being who he is.  I’ve got to love that.  Maybe he was a lot like Joe when he was a boy! I say:  Go, Adam Lambert, and Go, Joe Bunch!

    I is for Instant Message:  The IM between Joe and Colin following the Halloween hand-holding incident is so touching.  The life lesson (or question) is “There’s a song (not the Beatles) that says we’re “born free,” so how come we have to wait?”  How can straight people best support gays in their struggle for equal rights? First, by putting yourselves in our shoes.  Imagine what it would be like not to be able to marry the person you love, not to feel you can display a photo of your significant other on your desk at work, or talk with your colleagues about what you did over the weekend.  Become aware of your own unconscious heterosexism.  One of my favorite quotes (I saw on a T-shirt) is: “Heterosexuality isn’t normal, it’s just common.”  Think of all the ways you assume that it’s “normal” for a man and a woman to hold hands or a girl and a boy to have crushes on each other, how heterosexuals never have to “come out,” while this process can be a huge and painful struggle for someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  Imagine what it would be like to be a gay student hearing “that’s so gay” everyday in school.  I have a little poem in the book I’m writing about Addie that goes like this:

    “That’s so gay”
    is an expression I hate.
    Do you mind if I change it
    to “that’s so straight?”

    Being conscious is an important step toward becoming conscientious and acting from what you believe as a result of becoming aware.  At the point of acting, do whatever you can to help your LGBT friends and family (or LGBT people as a class of people, if you don’t happen to know anyone), and think about how you want to deal with the rights you have that are denied to others.  I know of two young straight couples that recently married.  Neither would marry in a state that denied the rights of LGBT people to marry, and one made a point of seeking out a minister who would marry LGBT people.  These acts mean a lot to those of us who are still second-class citizens.

    The other thing I’d say is to not be silent or stand by when you hear antigay slurs or jokes.

    Jima nd Mark in Paris

    Your dedication in Totally JoeM is for Mark.  And so is this book.  Totally.  How has finding your Zachary changed you? [Note: Zachary is a boy that Joe Bunch meets in the novel.) My background is so complicated it often confuses people.  I was married twice to women.  I wrote Bunnicula with my first wife and had a daughter with my second wife.  And now my partner is a man.  Mark and I have been together for nine very happy years.  I loved both women I married, but there was always a part of me that was missing in the relationship – a significant part that couldn’t be there because my partner, through no fault of her own, was simply the wrong gender.  Having found the person I was really meant to be with has enabled me to be fully present, to be fully relaxed and at peace with myself and in my relationship at last.  To describe this feeling as joyful or content doesn’t begin to cover it.  It’s a feeling of being whole.  As time that goes on, I get angrier at people who are so willfully ignorant and hateful that they would deny us our rights and in doing so attempt to deny our very existence and our full capacity to love ourselves and one another.  Having “found my Zachary,” as you put it, means that I can balance this anger with a deeper grounding of love and gratitude.  It means that as frustrated as I may be at injustice and the snail’s pace of progress, I can still wake each morning next to the person I was born to love.

    Jim’s new book, Addie on the Inside, is scheduled for publication Summer 2011, along with a 10th anniversary edition of The Misfits. I can’t wait to see the Gang of Five again, this time through the eyes of the political powerhouse Addie.

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    Adam Lambert sings with school band

    I love this video! Anyone who knows me knows what a crazy Adam Lambert fan I am. So when I saw this video this morning I had to share. He sings "Whataya Want from Me," accompanied by a group of kids on recorders, guitars, and drums purchased with the money Lambert raised through his DonorsChoose program. And it's adorable! I happen to be very fond of band kids, being a former flute player myself. Did I mention my 15-year-old tuba-playing son is trying out for State in May (and in Texas, State is a big competition indeed)? Yeah, Danny! I think band kids are some of the coolest kids in school, which is also why the main character in my third book is a band geek. So here's "Whataya Want from Me" with recorders. I love the music director!


    You are the Face of a New Generation

    What better way to kick off my blog than to share with you this awesome video by the ontd_ai online community. Check it out. And welcome!. For me, writing is about the power of the pen (or the keyboard in this case) to change the world. I hope you'll visit often and engage in the conversation. You CAN make a difference.