Hockey is For Everyone Month: El’s Thoughts

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February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the National Hockey League. The NHL devotes one month each season to elevating diversity and inclusivity in professional sports, pairing with organizations like You Can Play to help bring together “all people who play or watch hockey, including fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and those with disabilities.” (Source) Using the hashtag #HockeyIsForEveryone, the League hopes to spread awareness and open conversation on social media.

This year’s Hockey is For Everyone is especially exciting, as the NHL announced several ambassadors to help promote the month, including Angela James, a black hockey player and one of the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Harrison Browne, the first openly transgender player in professional hockey. And this year we’ll see hundreds of NHL players warm up before games using rainbow Pride Tape on their sticks, showing their commitment to including LGBTQ+ players and fans in the sport.

The Just Love team has a few hockey fans among our ranks, so over the next couple of days we’ll take some time to talk about what #HockeyIsForEveryone means to us, as well as how (and if!) events like these make sports more welcoming.

Also check out Part 2 | Part 3

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Book to Screen and the Golden Globes

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By now, we’ve all heard about the going-ons at the 75th Golden Globes earlier this week. It was a night of protests, both silent and very, very vocal. It was a platform for women to call out the men of Hollywood… and yes, in typical award show fashion, there was plenty of bad humor.

Call Me By Your Name by André AcimanBut I want to take a moment to talk not about the celebrities wearing black, but instead about a gorgeous queer book that became a gorgeous queer movie… a movie that was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

That book (and movie) is, of course, Call Me By Your Name, written by André Aciman and adapted to screen by James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino.

Rita wrote a glowing review of the book this past summer, where she called it, “heartbreaking” and “beautifully written”. You can check out her full review of the book here.

But I want to take a minute to talk about this movie, and how amazing it is to see this queer story nominated for one of the biggest awards in Hollywood.

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Changes

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We’re super excited to announce some changes for the Just Love blog. Since 2015, we’ve been devoted to reviewing and promoting queer lit and queer lit authors. But as 2018 begins, we’ve decided to change things up a bit, and broaden our horizons.

Going forward, Just Love will be a platform to elevate, discuss, and, yes, review queer media of all shapes and forms. From movies and television shows, to sports and celebrities, we want the blog to be a place where we can highlight the topics that really matter to us.

But we’re not giving up on books! Our dedicated (and brilliant!) team of reviewers will still be sharing their thoughts on the books that impact them the most– for better and for worse. However, we’re changing up our review policies a bit, to help our crew and our readers find the books they want to read.

Finally, we’d love to open up our blog to you! Not only do we encourage you to engage with us in the comments, but we’d love to see your thoughts on whatever you’re passionate about. If you have a topic you’d like to blog about, feel free to drop us a line!

We hope you’ll stick with us going forward, and we look forward to an amazing 2018!

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Just Love’s Favorite Books of 2017!

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2017 is behind us (don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out!) and we’re looking forward to 2018! But before we start thinking about the upcoming releases in the New Year, it’s time for us to reflect on our favorite reads of the last year.

Curious to see how our Faves stacked up against our Most Anticipated of the year? Check out our predictions from January 2017 here!

Also, stay tuned in the next couple of days for a big announcement from the Just Love team!

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Blog Tour: Outside the Lines, by Anna Zabo

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Anna Zabo’s newest release, Outside the Lines, is one you’re definitely not going to want to miss. This queer poly romance is the latest in the Bluewater Bay universe, and it’s out now!

So check out the book below, plus an exclusive excerpt involving pining, sexual tension, and… very small trees? And leave a comment on this post to enter for your chance to win a gift card (details at the bottom)!!

Outside the Lines, by Anna Zabo
A Bluewater Bay Novel
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 18, 2017

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Top of the Stack: December 2017

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2017 is drawing to a close, but there are still tons of great books to read before we ring in 2018! So it’s time again for our Top of the Stack!

The weather is growing chilly and grey (unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere, you lucky ducks), and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book and a warm drink. So here are our most anticipated reads of December… go forth and add to your TBRs!

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Women in Queer SFF: RoAnna Sylver on a treasured favorite character

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Throughout September, we’re celebrating Women in Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy here on Just Love, including interviews and guest posts from some amazing authors!

Today we’re joined by RoAnna Sylver, author of the fantasy novel Chameleon Moon and more, as she talks about one of her favorite queer female characters, and healing with the power of story. She’s also written a gorgeous poem to accompany her post!

Welcome RoAnna!

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