You know, I’ve seen other books get banned and I’m always surprised because these are books about people of color, Black folks, or queer folks. It feels like you life is being banned. I’m not queer, but I have queer family and friends and it feels like they’re being banned. It also feels like they don’t want their kids to “know” something. If the books were causing actual harm to people, or preaching hate I’d feel different. But often, the books are simply illustrating stories that haven’t been told before and that is scary. To them.
Well I’ve been sitting with the news that my book “One of a kind, like me/ Unîco Como Yo” -a bilingual picture book about a boy who wants to be a princess” was banned in a North Carolina school district. And it feels different when it’s your book. But, we’re not backing down. In fact we’re trying to get it to more kids and families. PLEASE support your local LGBTQ organizations rather than lashing out towards parents who are scared of difference or having real open minded conversations with their kids.
Want to read the piece the author Laurin Mayeno wrote? ARTICLE LINK
Yeah we like that y’all. This San Diego organization lead by two moms who have queer kids is making sure more schools have access to kids books that reflect them in the stories. Can I get a hell yeah?! Watch the Video HERE!
I saw Harmony for the first time like most in Gun Hill Road. I believe she did an incredible job in this film showing us the audience what it is like for a boy to transition into a girl. She showed us what it is like to have allies who support trans kids, and what it is like to live without it. For this image I imagined harmony in a post apocalyptic film/story. I imagine her playing a young woman as simply one of the survivors, who kicked a lot of ass to continue living. And although it would be great to have the film acknowledge trans poc, it does not have to be about that. Harmony was born in the late 90s and came to NYC as a homeless youth. She landed a role in Gun Hill and has since worked on projects such as Eating Out and You’re dead to me. In addition to being a great actress, she is also an advocate for trans people of color in film, for the queer community, and for homeless youth. I look forward to seeing more from her in front of and behind the camera.
Sources: Gun Hill Road, Wikipedia, Indiewire
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