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November 13th-19th is Transgender Awareness Week, and in recognition of this week we’re sharing some ways that you can be an ally for transgender and gender diverse folks in your community.

Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.

The books highlighted in this month’s list are b Latinx-identified authors in recognition of Latinx Heritage Month.

[TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, racism, violence, eating disorders, school violence, cyberbullying, and other topics that may be triggering]

We are adding a special book every month, a banned book of the month. Books depicting sexual violence often get placed on banned book lists. We believe that silencing authors who’ve written about sexual violence perpetuates stigmas around the issue.

August is Bystander Awareness Month, and we're looking into what bystander intervention is, and some ideas on how you can safely intervene!

Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.

The books highlighted in this month’s list are young adult books, just in time for back to school. [TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, racism, violence, eating disorders, school violence, cyberbullying, and other topics that may be triggering]

We are adding a special book every month, a banned book of the month. Books depicting sexual violence often get placed on banned book lists. We believe that silencing authors who’ve written about sexual violence perpetuates stigmas around the issue.

According to a recent study, of adults with mental health conditions, 48% of white people received mental health services compared to 31% of Black people and 22% of Asian people. Latinx folks and other communities of color also experience similar disparities. As July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to delve into some reasons behind these startling disparities.

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