I’ve had librarians say to me, ‘People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.’ Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,’ I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
marry your best friend. i do not say that lightly. really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. someone who speaks highly of you. someone you can laugh with. the kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. the embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. wit is important. life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. despair will come. find someone that you want to be there with you through those times. most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. a love that will never dilute - even when the waters get deep, and dark.
7 albums on her own:
Bella Donna (1981)
The Wild Heart (1983)
Rock a Little (1986)
The Other Side of the Mirror (1989)
Street Angel (1994)
Trouble in Shangri-La (2001)
In Your Dreams (2011)
8 more with Fleetwood Mac:
Fleetwood Mac (1975)