Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 09/17/2020
7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of community building, discussion, and laughter!


This event is for LGBTQ+ authors, illustrators and translators, as well as allies of the queer community who want to see more LGBTQ+ children’s books on bookstore and library shelves. We hope to see you there for a memorable night! Hosted by the SCBWI-Illinois Equity & Inclusion Team’s Nathan Lyon.  ALL ARE WELCOME! 


Our social is an uplifting, safe space to encourage the creativity of LQBTQ+ kidlit writers,illustrators and translators:

—For allies seeking guidance on creating LGBTQ+ characters, please review SCBWI’s Digital Workshop Writing Identity Elements in Your Stories.

—For information on our SCBWI-IL Authenticity Readers Resource Page, see below.

SCBWI Safe Space: If you are uncomfortable at any time, please private message Deborah Topolski during the Zoom meeting or email the Co-Regional Advisor after the event.

Professional Conduct & Policies: By attending this FREE event, you agree to observe our  PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES .

— Please click here for the SCBWI Statement of Intent on Equity and Inclusion.

Use Your Pronoun: Please feel free to indicate your pronouns in your Zoom name and introduce yourself with them when asking a question or making a comment so that our community can address you properly and respectfully.

Special Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: If you have a disability and need any special assistance to enjoy the event’s online programming, please email the Co-Regional Advisor to ask for assistance for your particular needs.


Please share our link and password
, below, with friends and colleagues working on LGBTQ+ works-in-progress who may be interested in, but unfamiliar with, our SCBWI-IL community.
Join LGBTQ+ Online Social
Meeting ID: 913 1373 7072


Nathan Lyon is a middle grade author who is passionate about including characters from the LGBTQ+ community in his writing. Queer kids need to see themselves in the books they read, and all kids benefit from learning about other perspectives. When he is not writing, he can be found teaching 4th grade, reading inclusive middle grade and YA books or biking around Chicago. 






Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to contribute to ongoing SCBWI-IL LGBTQ+ community creation.

SCBWI-IL AUTHENTICITY READER RESOURCE PAGE: SCBWI-IL will be hosting a NEW resource page for all members.  If you’re an AUTHENTICITY READER (formerly Sensitivity Reader), or looking for one, you can post and find resources here.  Members will have an opportunity to fill out a form with all the details of their expertise for future posting on the resource page. QUESTIONS:? Email Jacqueline Alcántara.

SCBWI Digital Workshop 3.0 Writing Identity Elements in Your Stories. Member registration open through September 17.  Member recording available starting September 18th

— LGBTQ+ Reading List: SCBWI is compiling a list of LQBTQ+ PAL Members who would like to be highlighted in future SCBWI reading lists!  Send your titles to with subject line, LGBTQ+ Reading List.

For more information about SCBWI-Illinois’ Equity & Inclusion Team and initiatives, (formerly known as the SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee), click here.