A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

You may have noticed the they/them pronouns module on this site.  I created it because so many people seem unfamiliar with the practice of using they/them pronouns, and many of the materials available on pronoun usage assume some level of prior knowledge.  I hope that it provides useful, accessible information on they/them pronouns and nonbinary gender identities.

If you’re looking for something in book form – or even comic book form! – I’m happy to recommend the recently released A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson.


Here is an interview with the creators on CBR.com.

The book is available from Limerance Press , or you can search for it in your local library through Worldcat.  (Not in your library’s collection?  You can always suggest it as a purchase.  This increases the chance that other people who need this resource will be able to find it!)

Successful Dissertation Defense!

I successfully defended my dissertation – Libraries for social change: Centering youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in library practice – on November 6, 2017 at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I am honored to have worked with my committee, which included Christine Jenkins (chair), Nicole Cooke (research director), Carol Tilley, Soo Ah Kwon, and Rae-Anne Montague.

The announcement of my successful defense is available at



LGBTQ+ (mostly POC) YA library

I’m proud to announce the current catalog for QTY Treehouse, a drop-in and programming space that provides services to LGBTQ+ youth in Oakland, CA.  Through a generous grant from the American Library Association, I have worked with QTY Treehouse staff to build a meaningful and diversely representative library for youth.  Check it out by going to

QTY Treehouse Library!

This spreadsheet is designed to be searchable by race / ethnicity, sexual orientation, and whether or not materials contain trans or gender non-conforming representations or content.

I’m excited for youth to have increased access to library materials that fit their experiences and understandings of the world, and endlessly grateful to QTY Treehouse for our on-going partnership.