BY: Dale Guy Madison
Synopsis: This is a story of a feminine boy (Sissy Sammy)from the hood, who after a bullying incident wakes up in the fairytale land of ‘gay Oz.’ Dale states: “It was originally supposed to be a spoken word poem that played off double consonants, (Sissy Sammy, Bully Basheer, purple police car, etc) but once I started writing the story, it kept growing as a message about not only coming out the closet, but about name-calling, bullying and suicide. I wanted to show LGBT teens to be proud of where we came from, so I threw in some gay history too. I started writing Sissy Sammy in 2007 and even wrote my master’s thesis on how to use arts to help high-risk LGBT kids. I could have never predicted in 2010, the week my book came out, the newspapers would be full of stories about LGBT suicides.”
Review: This book is so much more than a just a comic style fairytale. It offers symbolism based on true LGBT history. It clearly states and captures the wide realm of issues faced by the LGBT community. The story ties-in humor through the learning of self-discovery, with help from prominent people who have paved the way for equality. Kudos on a fantastic read! Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will require public schools in the state of California to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. I sincerely hope this is one of the first books in the school library.
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