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[EDIT] While we do our best to research every book to see if people of that group approve it, Luna slipped into the group with the original list. A few of our friends have gently let us know that what our research didn’t reveal was how problematic a lot of people find it. It’s been removed and replaced with Lizard Radio, a book highly anticipated by the team over at The Gay YA.

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Reasons you should read Just Girls by Rachel Gold
  • Ella: a bisexual trans girl in her first year of college 
  • transitioned in her early teens & has supportive parents & friends
  • wants to go into science and is a gamer
  • Tucker: a cis butch lesbian who is a ferocious trans ally &“comes out” as trans when she hears some cis girls talking shit about a girl in the dorms being trans, thereby cutting off a witch-hunt before it starts
  • also deals with an abusive relationship 
  • is a little bit cis-saviory, but also sorta learns her lesson
  • they end up rooming together ~(‾⌣‾~)
  • There is a multitude of secondary queer characters
  • One of them is genderqueer and besties with Ella 
  • Like literally only 3 non-queer characters I can think of 
  • Super supportive gaming community <3 <3 
  • Ella takes no shit and undermines sexist bullshit
  • Also a tiny little adorable hun 
  • Sex scene!!! With a trans character!!! Do u kno how rare this is!!!
  • Super cool and thorough exploration of gender and feminism and trans politics and inclusivity of trans people within feminism
  • idk like there are some problems! but mostly this is just the most important book in the world!! and i just think everyone should read it!!!
  • Guy: hey what's your number?
  • Me: 24601
  • Guy:
  • Me: I'm a wanted criminal
  • Me: I stole some bread once
  • Me: I wouldn't get involved it's really not worth it, you'd be dealing with like at least another 8 musical numbers

#holy shit #they gave us glimpses of a dynamic between these three in the first season #but now i know for sure we need to buckle in #what they’re doing with these three #giving us the future the present and the (almost - quinn isn’t quite ready to let go) past #showing quinn passing the reins on to rachel not only in showrunning terms but /mentoring/ terms #i’m pretty sure will kill me by the end of the season #and not just because i am so here for women passing on power and women teaching women and so on #but because /look at these fucking reactions/ #this is gonna be a bumpy ride #we have madison who has ‘wanted to be in this business since she was a little girl’ #who seems so soft but is going to develop her own claws #has already shown an edge of teeth when she made herself a field producer #who pushed herself and another woman to tears and enjoyed the shit out of it #and then we have rachel who pushed madison so effortlessly #who is so naturally gifted at manipulation #who knows just how to twist a knife and /hates it/ #hates herself for what she so easily does to other people #how she can be so blinded by an end goal she makes a child sob until she vomits #who is always running ahead and looking back at the mess she’s left but still not slowing  #and then quinn #quinn who is smiling #who is enjoying this #who is FEEDING off of watching her monster make her own #who is so proud of her goldie because #(not only is rachel so good at what she does) #she’s using what quinn taught her and sliding into a role that rachel despised yesterday #she’s watching rachel Get It #seeing rachel realize how ruthless you need to be #seeing rachel breaking madison and smiling #because she knows rachel isn’t only going to survive #she’s going to thrive