Lee Wind in conversation with Alex Sanchez – Launch Party for No Way, They Were Gay?

{pages} is excited to present a special virtual conversation between authors Lee Wind and Alex Sanchez on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 6:30pm to celebrate the publication of Lee’s nonfiction book for readers age 11 and up, No Way, They Were Gay? Hidden Lives and Secret Loves.

“It’s all about empowering LGBTQ kids and teens by letting them know what I never learned in school,” explains Lee. “There have been men who loved men, women who loved women, people who loved without regard to gender, and people who lived outside gender boundaries across time and around our world. If kids know they have a place in history, they’ll be able to claim their place today, and imagine a future of infinite possibilities!”

Click HERE to register in advance for this free event. You don’t want to miss these two writers talking about empowering readers across society’s boundaries of love and gender.

We hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of No Way, They Were Gay? from {pages} to donate to LGBTQ teens through the nonprofit Brave Trails. Just put “donation” in the comment box of your online order. Please specify how many copies you are donating, and how many are for yourself.

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About the Book

More About No Way, They Were Gay?

History sounds really official. Like it’s all fact. Like it’s definitely what happened. But that’s not necessarily true. History was crafted by the people who recorded it. And sometimes, those historians were biased against, didn’t see, or couldn’t even imagine anyone different from themselves.

That means that history has often left out the stories of LGBTQIA2+ people, even censoring the lives and loves of some of the world’s most famous people, from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt.

A fascinating journey through primary sources—poetry, memoir, news clippings, and images of ancient artwork—that explores the hidden (and often surprising) queer lives and loves of historical figures. No Way, They Were Gay? is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection.

About the Speakers

Lee Wind, M.Ed. is a lighthouse of stories—true and fictional—that center Queer and marginalized kids and teens and celebrate their power to change the world. In addition to No Way, They Were Gay?, Lee is the author of the crowdfunded YA novel, Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill, a Publishers Weekly Indie Success Story. He is the founding blogger of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for LGBTQIA2+ kids, teens, and their allies. He also works for IBPA and SCBWI. Visit www.leewind.org to subscribe to Lee's newsletter and start your journey to discover our past and live your future.


Alex Sanchez’s latest middle grade novel is The Greatest Superpower. He is the author of the American Library Association “Best Book for Young Adults” Rainbow Boys and the Lambda Award-wining So Hard to Say. His novel Bait won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Book Award and the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult Literature. And his graphic novel, You Brought Me the Ocean (illustrated by Julie Maroh) is the coming out superhero teen romance that Lee wishes he could have read when he was a kid.

Visit Alex online at www.alexsanchez.com



About Brave Trails

Brave Trails is a national non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth leadership, with a mission to build the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. They offer accredited summer camps, family camps, mentorship programs, meet-up groups, and year-round leadership programming. All of their programs focus on helping LGBTQ+ youth find what they need most to thrive: their people, their place, and their passion.

Visit their website here: www.bravetrails.org


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No Way, They Were Gay?: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541581623
Availability: In Stock
Published: Zest Books (Tm) - April 6th, 2021

The Greatest Superpower Cover Image
By Alex Sanchez, Brann Garvey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781684462780
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: Capstone Editions - February 1st, 2021