By Tim Kowols
Door County high school students can borrow books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) themes thanks to a donation from PFLAG Door County and Dr. Timothy Mayne Empkie. The Rhode Island doctor made the donation in memory of his late sister Stephanie Empkie Vittum of Fish Creek because of her inclusive nature. PFLAG Door County chose 11 different titles to distribute to Door County’s high schools including Savage and Miller’s It Gets Better and Ivan Coyote’s One in Every Crowd. According to PFLAG Door County founder Sandy Brown, it is important for students to see themselves somewhere, even those who are not able to be out in public.
The books will be available to borrow from the school’s libraries and from guidance counselors.