Blogger, Author, Speaker
Lee has a Masters degree in Education and Media from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His blog, "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" covers Gay (GLBTQ) Teen Books, Culture and Politics. Started in September 2007, it has had over 700,000 visits from over 100 countries. Twice voted The Best GLBT Book Blog as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, it is also one of four external sites linked from the American Library Association's Rainbow Books website.
Lee has spoken and done his workshops for thousands of students at both public and private schools and universities, and for the last four years has been an advisor for a Los Angeles high school's Gay-Straight Alliance Club.
In 2012 during his Speaker visits at their schools, Lee won these student-voted awards:
The "Gay of the Week" award, given by the Marlborough School's Alliance Club, and
The "Top Banana Award," given by the Make A Difference Club at Chadwick School.
Lee is an active interviewer, blogger and advocate in the world of Children's literature, both on his own blog and for the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, as a founding member of their professional TEAM BLOG.
In 2011 he became the head of Team Blog, and the official blogger for SCBWI, an international organization of 23,000 children's book writers and illustrators. He hosts a GLBTQ Chat at SCBWI's biannual conferences to promote discussion and community among creators of content for children that includes GLBTQ characters and themes. he's also been on faculty, speaking on the "A Look at the LGBTQ Marketplace" panel at the Summer 2010 SCBWI Conference.
He's also an active volunteer for the organization, serving as the co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI's Los Angeles region.
Lee and Lambda Literary Foundation Executive Director Tony Valenzuela as part of the "A Look at the LGBTQ Marketplace" panel at the Summer 2010 Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Conference in Los Angeles, California.
Lee interviews author Francesca Lia Block during a special workshop.
Lee hosting the 5th GLBTQ chat a the Summer 2010 SCBWI Conference.
2012 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, Writer's Digest Books (interviews with New York Times best-selling author Ally Carter and National Book Award Winner M.T. Anderson)
2011 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, Writer's Digest Books (interviews with the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards award for Lifetime Achievement Winner Jacqueline Woodson, New York Public Library Assistant Director Jack Martin and Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers Art Director Laurent Linn.)
Where Gay Teen Suicides Start "Viewpoint," Palisadian Post, October 14, 2010
Blog Your Way From Hobby To Career Bruce Hale's November 2010 Newsletter
GLBTQ Teen Coming Out Stories: Move Beyond Them, or Keep 'Em Coming? An Imaginary Yang and Yin Dialog by One Writer of Two Minds, Hunger Mountain, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal of the Arts (both on-line in September 2010 and in the print Winter 2010 Edition.)
Why Gay Sci Fi and Fantasy are Important Crossed Genre Magazine, November 2009
An expert in GLBTQ Teen Literature, Lee has been on Children's Literature Conference Faculties, and has been featured and interviewed for both print and on-line articles, as well as podcasts and broadcast radio.
Lee moderated the closing keynote panel on diversity at the 2011 Kidlitosphere Conference (with authors and bloggers Justina Chen, Brent Hartinger, Sara Ryan and Sarah Stevenson)
He also moderated the "Traditional Publishing Gone Right: "Harbinger" Case Study" panel at SCBWI Los Angeles Writer's Days 2011 with author Sara Wilson Etienne, her agent Michael Bourett, and her editor Stacey Barney.
The May 2012 "So You Want To Read YA?" guest post at Stacked.
In June 2010, Greg Miraglia of Outbeat Youth Radio did a feature story on Lee calling his blog "...the perfect website for young LGBT readers."
What do LGBTQ Teens Want? in the 2010 premier feature article for the new Lambda Literary Foundation's website
Philadelphia's Queer Times Weekly's speakOUT on the Qt! Column, March 2009
A 2009 interview for Banned Books week by the Kid's Right To Read Project of the National Coalition Against Censorship
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Author, Blogger, Speaker