Coming Out of Conversion Therapy

On the first Wednesday of the month, we publish blog posts written by members of our Generous Space Community. This piece was written by an anonymous member of the community. We share this difficult story to continue to emphasize the need to put an end to conversion therapy (sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts…

Questions & Answers

  On the first Wednesday of the month, we publish blog posts written by members of our Generous Space Community. This creative writing piece was written by Archie Zhang, who (until a recent move to Montreal) was a member of our St. Catharines Generous Space Group. ***content warning: brief reference to rape and drugs***  …

Happy Families

Happy Families Tanita S. Davis   Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin are both given a chance to tell their stories as they process and come to terms with their father’s coming out as a trans-woman. Not only is this a rare depiction of queer parenthood in youth/YA fiction, it is sensitive written with a wide…

None of the Above

None of the Above I.W. Gregorio   None of the Above is a wonderful novel written about a teenager who discovers she’s intersex in her final year of high school, and the fallout that comes with being unwillingly outed to her school. Throughout the story, the reader gets a glimpse into Krissy’s processing of what…

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath Gabby Rivera   Juliet is one of my all-time favourite queer characters in fiction. After coming out to her Puerto Rican family, Juliet embarks on adventure away from her home in the Bronx to intern with her favourite lesbian and feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane, in Portland. Juliet comes face-to-face with the…

What Makes a Baby

What Makes a Baby Written by Cory Silverberg Illustrated by Fiona Smyth 36 Pages A kid-friendly educational resource that describes the basic biology of reproduction while also being inclusive of diverse family structures and stories. The book’s illustrations are bright and charming, drawing readers of every age into the narrative. What Makes a Baby has proven to be…

It’s Okay To Be Different

It’s Okay To Be Different Written and illustrated by Todd Parr 32 Pages With few words and bold colours, this author/illustrator masterfully and playfully celebrates difference and diveristy. From the sensitive (“It’s okay to be adopted”, accompanied with an illustration of a puppy in her pouch) to the silly (“It’s okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the…

My Princess Boy

My Princess Boy Written by Cheryl Kilodavis Illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone 36 Pages Dyson is a princess boy:  he loves pink, sparkly things, dressing up and doing all things “girl.” Thankfully he has a family that loves him unconditionally, helps him feel confident in his decisions, and teaches him to believe in himself. Of course…