by Jessica Rozycki

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Diverse books serve so many purposes. From offering representation to providing safe spaces, these stories allow us to experience the joy of reading on a whole new level. Personally, something I love about diverse books, and particularly LGBTQ+ books, is their source of inspiration. Whether you’re considering the book from a perspective of a writer to is telling LGBTQ+ stories, or as someone who identifies with the characters, I find that books have the power to inspire folks to speak out against injustice and show up for your community. …


Happy Bisexual Health Month! Although the month of March is winding down, there’s still lots to recognize and celebrate!

First up, some recognition: Studies suggest that bisexuals comprise nearly half of all people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, making the bisexual population the single largest group within the LGBT community. Despite that, we don’t talk very much about the unique health disparities of the bi+ community, which are slightly different than other members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This year’s theme for Bi Health Month is representation. While many people are quick to consider media representation — such as…


This piece is a part of our Accio Books series, exploring issues related to literacy, education, and libraries. To find out more about how to get involved and support Accio Books, visit thehpalliance.org/accio_books.

We’re hearing a lot of conversations lately about how representation matters; we’re hearing how communities are making their voices heard about the importance of telling stories that accurately portray the people we are, the identities we share, and the experiences we live. From the time we are young, we’re exposed to storytelling that aims to teach us about the alphabet and being polite. …


This piece is a part of the Harry Potter Alliance’s series for our self care mini-campaign, exploring what self care is and what it means to different people. To find out more about the Harry Potter Alliance, visit thehpalliance.org.

The more we discuss self care, the more we learn the ways in which it can extend far beyond our need to unwind and relieve stress. While there are definitely moments when it’s important to have our own personal self care routine we can depend on, we should also be mindful of the moments when we aren’t necessarily feeling uptight, but…


This piece is a part of the Harry Potter Alliance’s series for A World Without Hermione, a campaign exploring gender inequity by imagining what the wizard world look like without Hermione Granger. To find out more about the Harry Potter Alliance and A World Without Hermione, visit thehpalliance.org/withouthermione.

PERIODS!!!!!!!

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This piece is a part of the Harry Potter Alliance’s series for Pride 2017, exploring issues and perspectives from the LGBTQ+ community related to Pride. To find out more about the Harry Potter Alliance and how to get involved, visit thehpalliance.org.

Happy Pride-Beyond-Pride-Month, my magical noble land mermaids!

As many of us in the LGBTQ+ community know too well, we don’t have the luxury of seeing ourselves represented in the media on a regular basis. For those who need a practical example:

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Source: Tumblr user crayscience

But fear not! I’ve got your back. I’ve made a recommendation list of books, music, and podcast where…


This piece is a part of our Accio Books series, exploring issues related to literacy, education, and libraries. To find out more about how to get involved and support Accio Books, visit thehpalliance.org/accio_books.

“I was hummed with a building excitement. I was a beast in the library. Libraries are safe but also exciting. Libraries are where nerds like me go to refuel. They are safe-havens where the polluted noise of the outside world, with all the bullies and bro-dudes and anti-feminist rhetoric, is shut out. Libraries have zero tolerance for bullshit. …


This piece is a part of our Wizard Rock the Vote series, exploring some of the issues on the ballot and the systemic problems that keep people from going to the polls. To find out more about how to get involved and support WRTV, visitthehpalliance.org/wrockthevote.

It’s well documented that, over the course of US history, not all groups of people have had the right to vote. While the right to vote was eventually expanded beyond land-owning white males, there are still practices in place that prevent many people from voting. These practices, known as voter disenfranchisement, can take the form…

Jessica Rozycki

Writer, Broadway enthusiast, Lil Sebastian superfan

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