Monday May 01, 2023

What Happens When We Ban Books? Lee Wind

On this episode of The Mental Society, I am joined by Lee Wind.

Lee writes stories to empower kids and teens to be their authentic selves and change the world – the same books that would have changed his life as a young gay, Jewish kid.

Lee and I talk about history, banned books, growing up, and the people you never knew were Queer.

His debut picture book, RED AND GREEN AND BLUE AND WHITE was illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky, received five-starred trade reviews, and The New York Times praised it as “Beautiful… It’s a message the world can use, throughout the year.” He is the author of the nonfiction book NO WAY; THEY WERE GAY? HIDDEN LIVES AND SECRET LOVES and the novel QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL.

He also runs the popular blog I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? He’s the official blogger for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Queer Kid Lit Creators community organizer.

Lee lives in Los Angeles with his husband of more than 25 years, and they have a grown daughter. You can find out more about Lee, the books he writes, and the work he does by checking out his website,

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