Both/& Pairings – Generous Space Retreat 2017

Generous Space Retreats are highlighted with many moments of resonance as we share our stories with one another. There’s something precious about that ‘aha’ moment when you hear another lgbtq+ person share a question, a fear, a doubt, or an experience that you are intimately acquainted with – it makes you feel less alone. At…

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…

The Letter Q

The Letter Q Edited by Sarah Moon & James Lecesne This is a diverse and encouraging anthology of more than 60 letters that popular queer authors have written to their younger selves. Each letter is written with craft and care and is filled with honesty and wisdom that may never be delivered back in time,…

George

George Written by Alex Gino 208 Pages “When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY…

10,000 Dresses

10,000 Dresses Written by Marcus Ewert Illustrated by Rex Ray 32 pages 10,000 Dresses is a story of a transgender child:  who was born a boy but now identifies as a girl. Every night Bailey dreams of beautiful magical dresses. Sadly, when she wakes up full of excitement to tell her family about them, she…

I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz Written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas Jazz describes herself as having a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. Her favourite colour is pink, she loves dressing like a mermaid, and is not interested in typical boy activities. Her parents soon discovered that Jazz was born transgender. This is…

Teachers Journeying with Transgender Students

Two articles by New Direction staff members were published in the February edition of the Christian Educators Journal.  We wanted to reprint the articles here for those who haven’t had an opportunity to review the journal. The first article can be found here.  The second, by Wendy Gritter, raises some of the unique realities our…

Review of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding Gender Dysphoria”

If I have learned anything from the flurry of Christian responses to Caitlyn Jenner’s “Vanity Fair” cover, it is the need for widespread transgender education in the church. The most fearful and hateful reactions betrayed a total ignorance of transgender experiences. And maybe we shouldn’t blame them. While Christian books on homosexuality abound, pastoral resources…