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How Kulturkampf Works

Jazz Jennings, transgender teen and author (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Two examples, from new releases of young people’s books, sent in by two different readers this morning. First, from the YA shelf:

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

Meredith Russo’sIf I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different—and a love story that everyone will root for.

See that? It’s not enough to tolerate transgenderism, or even to affirm it. You have to be willing to date them, or you’re a bigot.

For younger readers (ages 10 and up), Lily and Dunkin, a heartwarming story about puberty, transgenderism, and disability:

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade.

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse.

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

By the way, if you’re headed to the American Library Association convention in Orlando this summer, be sure to check out featured speaker Jazz Jennings, the famed transgendered teen, who will be promoting her new autobiography. Says the ALA:

Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy’s body. Throughout, her family has supported her and stood against those who don’t understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love.

This, relentlessly, is how you win a culture war.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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