By Lauren Myracle
Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla and Violet are in Fifth grade. And they were all named after flowers.
That's about all they have in common. They're certainly not friends.
See, Katie-Rose is going to be a film director. Yasaman's already a computer nerd. Milla's popular. And Violet's the new girl.
But add one "evil queen bee," Modessa, and suddenly all their worlds collide!
Lauren, the author of "Luv Ya Bunches," is one of my heroes. Here's why: She was told that if she changed Milla's two moms to be a one-mom-one-dad family, she's have her book accepted into Scholastic's School Book Fairs. That meant a LOT more sales. More money. More exposure. But Lauren stood her ground, saying
""A child having same-sex parents is not offensive, in my mind, and shouldn't be 'cleaned up.'"She refused to make the change, and then Scholastic refused to carry her book in their school book fair.
THANK YOU, Lauren, for standing up for your artistic integrity. For standing up for all the children (like mine) who are growing up in two mom or two dad families. For standing up for all those kids who are gay, to let them know that sometimes a Prince ends up with a Prince. And a Princess ends up with a Princess. And that's just another kind of "Happily Ever After!" (Read more on this episode of censorship here.)
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