Just Released! A Truly Giving Christmas

This week I wanted to announce the release of Unwrap These Presents. The proceeds from this book go to the Ali Forney Center in New York City and the Albert Kennedy Trust in the UK, both of which provide housing for homeless LGBT youth. Unwrap These Presents

There are 23 authors in this collection, each of which brings you their own interpretation of what the holidays (Christmas and Hanukah) can and/or should bring. The authors are:

Andi Marquette
Ashley Stevens
Catherine Lane
Cheri Crystal
Cindy Rizzo
Clare Lydon
Devin Sumarno
Erzabet Bishop
Eve Francis
Fletcher DeLancey
Jae, Jean Copeland
Joan Arling
Jove Belle
L.T. Smith
Lee Lynch
Lois Cloarec Hart
Nikki Busch
Patricia Penn
R.G. Emanuelle
S. M. Harding
T.M. Croke
Wendy Temple

That’s some lineup, huh? There’s a wide variety of tales here, from sweet and heart-warming to sad and thought-provoking to hot and erotic. There’s something for everyone, even poetry! And who can resist picking up this book when we have the esteemed Lee Lynch in the mix? If Lee is involved, you know it’s gotta be something good.

And even if anthologies are not your thing, I urge you to purchase a copy anyway and support this very worthy cause. I’m sure that many of you remember what it was like coming of age and coming out—the fear of being rejected and ostracized or, worse, assaulted or killed. Some are lucky enough to be accepted by family and friends, but many others have had to deal with that rejection and, sadly, physical abuse simply because of who they are. And too many kids have had to feel the anguish of being thrown out of their own home by the very people who are supposed to love and protect them.

To be homeless is a terrible thing; to be homeless and just a kid with absolutely no resources is a tragedy. Maybe someday we won’t have to hear about such things, but until then, let those of us more fortunate help out where we can. Thanksgiving is upon us—what better time to do that?

I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


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