Literary Guide for Maggie Thrash’s “Honor Girl”

Literary Guide for Maggie Thrash’s Honor Girl

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Honor Girl, the debut book by graphic novelist Maggie Thrash, is part memoir, part coming-of-age story, and part critical analysis of the discovery of sexuality. This young adult story (without a doubt written for teen audiences) is set at an all-girls summer camp in the south, and follows its author through a summer of confusing emotions, unexpected challenges, alongside a slew of heteronormative, gender-based assumptions.

Maggie has attended a very traditional sleepaway camp for nearly every summer of her life. It’s so traditional, in fact, that campers wear uniforms, sleep in true canvas tents, and can only arrive at camp via barge. It almost goes without saying that Maggie’s fellow campers are overwhelmingly white and Christian, and are portrayed as epitomizing what it means to be a budding southern belle. Vanity reigns supreme, trends are set through creative use of barrettes and non-camp-issue socks, and rumors of crushes on the few males to set foot on camp grounds run rampant.

Within this microcosm of southern culture, Maggie discovers that she has fallen in love for the first time. It comes as a surprise and catches her off guard – not only because it’s the first time she has ever experienced such feelings, but because the person for whom she falls madly and deeply is Erin, a female counselor a few years her senior. Read the rest of this entry »

National Gay-Straight Alliance Day

National Gay-Straight Alliance Day
February 6th, 2013

RainbowNational Gay-Straight Alliance Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 6th! The special day brings high school students together to learn about and connect over their support for equality.

In Western MA, high school GSA’s are invited to join High School of Commerce in Springfield, MA for an afternoon of performances, speakers, and information sharing that will help students strengthen the bonds between the LGBT community and their allies. Each GSA represented at the event is invited to do a presentation of some kind, which could be anything from performing a silly skit to sharing a display board chronicling the history of gay rights.

The event will take place from 3-5pm, and groups are asked to RSVP before the event. To register, contact Emily Scagel of the LGBT Coalition of Western Mass at 413-588-1018.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Benson Kua]

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