Just received my copy of I Am Jazz! Found a quote by Laverne in it… :)
I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.
I’m sure you’re already aware of the anthology being put out by Crossed Genres called Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, but the Table of Contents is up now and I suspect that some of the stories therein will fit your framework admirably.
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Why tell stories from the margins of history?
We want to take a step toward righting an injustice that goes back to the dawn of time: some types of people are deemed more worthy of protagonist roles than others.
We believe that all people are the heroes of their own stories. We want to provide solidly grounded historical fiction to modern readers, who may have only encountered myths, fragments, or garbled notions of how marginalized people lived (and died) in past times—or may never have learned anything about those people at all.
By foregrounding marginalized people from the past, we hope to amplify marginalized voices in the present. Every story will make a statement that these voices deserve to be heard, and these stories are worth telling and reading.
Why make them speculative stories?
We want to reclaim speculative literature. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers frequently spin tales of intrepid conquerors and feuding kingdoms that have their roots in real-world history of invasion and oppression.
This perpetuates the idea that certain people are unfit for heroism, and leaves many speculative fiction fans longing for protagonists they can identify with and stories that recall their own personal and family histories. Those fans deserve a book like this.
Speculative fiction is what we know best: Crossed Genres publishes speculative fiction, Daniel writes it, and Rose edits and reviews it. We’re passionate fans of genre fiction. And like anyone who puts together an anthology, at heart we’re simply looking for the kinds of stories we’ve always wanted to read.
Our hope and belief is that you’ll be as excited by this anthology, and as eager to read it, as we are.
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Seriously, they have a table of contents up with the authors, story titles, and settings!!! It comes out in MAY 2014!!!
TODAY IS THE DAY!
Long Hidden is out! Here’s the Amazon page. I was thrilled to contribute two illustrations to this anthology. Long Hidden features speculative fiction from twenty-seven authors, and each story is accompanied by an illustration. Go buy it!!
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Kiki’s Delivery Service!
-whispers-pssst and it’s transparent tooooo. lovely.
i was gonna put a smart-sounding quote down here, but i think these fly qwoc (coming now/in the past to a screen near you) can speak for themselves
Supposedly invented by the Chinese, there is an ancient form of torture that is nothing more than cold, tiny drops falling upon a person’s forehead.
On its own, a single drop is nothing. It falls upon the brow making a tiny splash. It doesn’t hurt. No real harm comes from it.
In multitudes, the drops are still fairly harmless. Other than a damp forehead, there really is no cause for concern.
The key to the torture is being restrained. You cannot move. You must feel each drop. You have lost all control over stopping these drops of water from splashing on your forehead.
It still doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. But person after person, time and time again—would completely unravel psychologically. They all had a breaking point where each drop turned into a horror. Building and building until all sense of sanity was completely lost.
"It was just a joke, quite being so sensitive."
"They used the wrong pronoun, big deal."
"So your parents don’t understand, it could be worse."
Day after day. Drop after drop. It builds up. A single instance on its own is no big deal. A few drops, not a problem. But when you are restrained, when you cannot escape the drops, when it is unending—these drops can be agony.
People aren’t sensitive because they can’t take a joke. Because they can’t take being misgendered one time. Because they lack a thick skin.
People are sensitive because the drops are unending and they have no escape from them.
You are only seeing the tiny, harmless, single drop hitting these so-called “sensitive” people. You are failing to see the thousands of drops endured before that. You are failing to see the restraints that make them inescapable.