Reading Pride Celebration will host a virtual book reading on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 7pm with Schuykill County author and activist Matt Haslam as part of the GLSEN National Day of Silence against bullying.

Haslam will be reading live his first LGBTQ+ related book “Shadow’s First Christmas”.

“I wrote this book for the same reason I created Powered by Rainbows, to help just one kid come out of the closet a little easier and to know they aren’t alone, they have a family in the LGBTQ who will love and accept them” said Haslam.

“While we cannot expect to change the world overnight, I hope to move the needle a little in the right direction every day and with Shadow’s First Christmas, I get to see that happen first-hand with my own work”.

The event has the purpose to raise awareness and educate against bullying and promoting inclusion and acceptance.

“Together we can eliminate hate and bullying by educating, and helping children to understand and accept the differences in others. Books like this help to educate, but most importantly show LGBTQ+ children that they are not alone and that many families look like theirs” said Enrique Castro, RPC President.

The virtual book reading will be streamed live through RPC’s YouTube channel and will have a Q&A session with Haslam.

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