Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sept 16, 2010: When I Grow Up!

Jae Awmack went to an independent bookstore in Vancouver looking for a book about being a transboy, so that he could share it with his young cousins. The store owner said they didn't have any and maybe he would have to write one himself. This seems like a cheesy story. A DIY story where we create the world we want to see with black jeans, thread and duct tape. Sometimes thats what you have to do, though. Sometimes you have to create the resources you can't find, as cheesy as it sounds. Jae wrote a cute, beautiful story about a young transboy who goes for a walk to find some acceptance when his parent's don't understand him. The illustrations are done in plasticine. The words and story are not complicated. Sometimes things don't have to be complicated, even though adults tend to think issues of gender identity are complicated, and tend to think children will not understand transexual, intersex and transgendered identities. In my experience, its never the kids who don't get it, its the adults who have lived in the world long enough to fear it. Jae is currently looking for a publisher for the book. I'll let you know when it comes out, and how you can find it. Jae is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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