Author/Educator couple aims to protect kids, discourage bullying with
new LGBT picture book series.
TORONTO, July 31, 2014 /CNW/ - School board educator j wallace and
award-winning author S. Bear Bergman have teamed up with Canadian
artists and writers to publish a series of six picture books featuring
LGBT kids and families. The books will feature positive, celebratory
"It's tempting to think of this as a 'gay issue'." says wallace, whose
day job is with the Toronto District School Board's Gender-Based
Violence Prevention team. "But statistics show that 80% of homophobic
or gender-policing bullying is directed toward straight kids. If we can
lessen the hostility and stigma around being lesbian, gay, bi or
transgender, we can give all children a safer school experience."
Bergman says the available books are lacking in two important ways.
"They're not at all diverse in terms of race, family style, or gender.
Worse, so many of them focus on bullying and harassment of kids or
families seen as 'different.' That's not the message we want to give
our four-year-old right before bed. We want him to see families like
his and our friends solving mysteries, having adventures, and being
well and happy."
Flamingo Rampant is gearing up to publish a set of six books. They will
include: powerful girls and women as main characters, the first picture
book featuring non-white gay parents since 1990, the first two-spirit
picture book ever published, a Pride ABC book charmingly titled M is
for Mustache about a single lesbian mom and her daughter getting ready
for the parade, and more.
Bergman is a well-regarded author who lectures at universities all over
the world and performs across North America. His most recent book is
the Lambda Literary Finalist and Quill & Quire 2013 Author's Pick Top
10 Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter (Arsenal Pulp Press). Wallace, in addition to his work with the TDSB,
is a recognized expert on transgender and gender-independent kids in
schools and recreation. He has worked with the Ontario Human Rights
Commission, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Girl Guides, Planned
Parenthood, and many of Ontario's other school boards.
To get your year's subscription of books at the special pre-order price
(and to make sure this historic series gets published), visit kck.st/1jYSEdl (ends 11 August).
SOURCE: Flamingo Rampant
For further information:
S. Bear Bergman