It seems like every time I show an interest in someone, they don’t reciprocate it. But when I stop showing it, their feelings becomes louder? Like what is up with that? Am I not suppose to show someone I like them even when I do? Am I suppose to ignore someone who makes me happy in hopes of making them want more of me ultimately?
—  Why is playing hard to get with someone you want a thing now?
Let’s drive to the middle of nowhere. To some field, an abandoned rooftop, an empty swimming pool, anywhere. And we’ll stargaze. You’ll fall in love with the universe, and I’ll fall in love with you.
—  #2 // our summer bucket list
Just let it be. If he loves you, then he’ll come back. If he follows you or still looks at you, then he still loves you. Live your life right now. Kiss multiple boys, flirt with strangers, hug your friends, & dance like it is your last time dancing. You deserve life. Forget about him for now.
—  something an old friend told me today & it honestly opened up my eyes.
nytimes.com
Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo
Mainstream publishing houses are increasingly giving visibility to transgender authors and their books, which are aimed at broader and younger audiences.
By Alexandra Alter

Sam Martin was browsing in a Boston record store 23 years ago when an unusual photography book caught his eye. Mr. Martin flipped through its pages, which featured portraits and interviews with women who had become men, and started to cry.

“I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not the only one,’ ” said Mr. Martin, 43, who started transitioning to male from female after he bought the book. “When I was growing up, I never saw people like me in movies or books.”   

Mr. Martin is now on a mission to change that. He belongs to a small group of emerging authors who are writing children’s literature that centers on transgender characters, hoping to fill the void they felt as young readers. His debut work of fiction — a semi-autobiographical story about a transgender teenage boy who falls in love with an older boy on the beach in Cape Cod — will be published in a collection this month by Duet, a new young adult publisher that specializes in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer fiction.