If you have read “ASH” a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, then you have already met author Malinda Lo. Isn’t it wonderful to know that in ASH, the main character “gets the girl”? How many of us as teens went to movies with our straight friends and just oogled and secretly fell in love with the female actress? Children today often know at an early age that they are ‘different’ and that they have crushes or ‘fall in love’ with same-sex playmates. If today’s parents are accepting and notice that their child may be gay/lesbian then there is a great opportunity for them to get a copy of ASH.
In my pursuit to present lesbians from all countries, it is a pleasure to note that Malinda was born in China and came to the USA as a child.
In 2006, Malinda received the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
Openly gay, Malinda now lives with her partner in Northern California.
So, my fellow writers, there is time and enough ‘straight’ stories to adapt to young gay and lesbian children and teens. How often did we, as lesbians dream of rescuing or carrying off that pretty girl playmate to a castle?