Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Trans, non-binary youth influencers launch book collection with "A Kids Book About"
--From a press release
2021-04-12

This article shared 1839 times since Mon Apr 12, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Chicago, IL - April 12, 2021 - While many teens took e-learning as an opportunity to level-up their gaming skills, a group of young people chose instead to write a collection of books about their lives.

The GenderCool Project, a storytelling campaign turned global movement led by 18 young people known as the "Champions," has teamed up with A Kids Book About, the company making kids media that matters, to create a collection of books hoping to bring clarity and positivity to a national conversation that's in need of support.

There are three books in the collection:

-A Kids Book About Being Transgender, by Gia Parr

-A Kids Book About Being Non-binary, by Hunter Chinn-Raicht

-A Kids Book About Being Inclusive, by Ashton Mota and Rebekah Bruesehoff

Launching on pre-order today, and shipping in June for Pride celebrations across the globe, the collection aims to open conversations about topics that are complex and important, a hallmark of A Kids Book About that's elevated this new kid media company to a status that's capturing the nation's attention and landing 10 of A Kids Book About titles on the coveted Favorite Things 2020 list in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

At a time when the nation is seeing an unprecedented level of harmful legislation targeting transgender and non-binary youth, this book collection will help bring to communities everywhere the real stories of Gia, Hunter, Ashton and Rebekah, written by these young people who are thriving.

"A Kids Book About is incredibly proud to partner with The GenderCool Project to help bring these topics to kids everywhere in a relevant and honest way," said Jelani Memory, co-founder and CEO of A Kids Book About. "This is the first time A Kids Book About has ever partnered with a non-profit to create a themed collection. We felt it was critical to educate on and elevate topics around inclusivity, gender, and identity for the next generation, using our unique publishing model and writing process to highlight the underrepresented voices of transgender and non-binary teens with real, lived experiences, conveyed through compelling stories that people connect with."

Gia Parr (she/her), age 17, author of A Kids Book About Being Transgender, said, "It's been a dream of mine to return to my elementary school and be able to read a book that I wrote to help my school and its students understand who transgender kids are, and show the younger kids coming out that their lives can be great!"

Hunter Chinn-Raicht (they/them), age 15, author of A Kids Book About Being Non-binary added, "It's awesome to be able to help grownups and kids have conversations about re-imagining who human beings truly are. Not all people are binary, which is a fancy way of saying 'one thing or the other.' For me, I am able to express myself outside of the pink and blue stereotype. I am grey, white, and all the colors mashed up into one!"

Ashton Mota (he/him), age 16, co-author of A Kids Book About Being Inclusive with his Champion peer Rebekah Bruesehoff (she/her), age 14, hopes people will understand how important it is to embrace and celebrate each other's differences. He said, "My life as an Afro-Latino kid growing up is totally different than Rebekah's. When we wrote this book, we learned so many new things about each other. It brought us closer together as friends."

Rebekah added, "I've always wanted to be an author. For me, stories are bridges to empathy, courage and hope. Learning more about Ashton's life helped me understand that what makes us different is what brings us together."

GenderCool co-founders Jen Grosshandler and Gearah Goldstein believe that this book collection is an organic evolution of the work the organization has done since launching in 2018. "We waited for the right opportunity to partner with a publisher who believed in the power of young people to drive change in the world and open up important conversations by sharing their stories, said Grosshandler. "We could not be prouder to partner with A Kids Book About. They are the future of what kid content should be."

Goldstein added, "These beautiful books will help people replace their opinions with real, positive experiences learning about our Champions who are thriving throughout the country with the love and support of their family, friends and community."

Available now for pre-order, books can be purchased on akidsbookabout.com, Apple Books and Kindle Original Publishing. The books retail for $19.95 each or a bundled price of $49.95 for the three-book collection, plus shipping.

About The GenderCool Project

The GenderCool Project is a youth-led movement replacing misinformed opinions with positive, powerful experiences meeting remarkable kids who identify as transgender and non-binary.

GenderCool began as a national storytelling campaign and has since become a global movement, fueled by extraordinary, passionate young people — our Champions — who are leading the conversation around the world. We are breaking through to millions of people who say they've never met a transgender or non-binary person. They feel conflicted about what they read, see and hear.

We focus on who transgender and non-binary youth are, not what they are. They are the next generation of CEOs, filmmakers, doctors, teachers, tech leaders, journalists, athletes and lawmakers.

We collaborate with some of the world's most visionary organizations including Dell, Intuit, Nike, Capital One and more, helping them move them from "envisioning progress" to "making progress happen." Our movement is creating positive change by influencing understanding, business and culture. Please visit us at www.gendercool.org .

About A Kids Book About

A Kids Book About is a new kind of kids media company that created the industry's first direct-to-consumer kids book brand and publishing company. On a mission to make kids media that matters, A Kids Book About works with authors and creators from all kinds of backgrounds and identities.

Publishing and kids media hasn't seen real innovation in its model in decades, and that staid tack has made it one of the least diverse corners of the industry. Children's books are especially reflective of this trend. Without a wide range of perspectives, today's families are left grappling in the dark with some of the most complex issues any generation of parents and kids has ever had to face.

With Books for kids ages 5-9 and a companion podcast that launched in 2021, A Kids Book About explores themes like Racism, Feminism, Belonging, and Depression. Founded in 2019 in Portland, Oregon, A Kids Book About is built on the belief that kids are ready to have challenging, important and empowering conversations about the toughest and most pressing topics we face today. For more information, visit akidsbookabout.com .


This article shared 1839 times since Mon Apr 12, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

AIDS Foundation Chicago holding Women's Connection Summit of Hope on Oct. 6
2022-09-27
-- From a press release - AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is hosting a Women Connection Summit of Hope in partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to address the needs of cis and transgender women who have been recently released from ...


Gay News

GLAAD responds to weekend of anti-LGBTQ+ violence, poll suggests 2/3 of GOPs back discussion of LGBTQ+s in schools
2022-09-26
-- From a press release - (Monday, September 26, 2022) GLAAD condemns a wave of violence against the LGBTQ community across the country and calls for increased protections and support for LGBTQ people and youth, as new data reveals that a vast ...


Gay News

DoJ announces $22M to address, prevent sexual assault on campuses
2022-09-23
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced nearly $22 million in upcoming grant awards to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on college campuses; provide services to youth victims and children ...


Gay News

Pritzker appoints Isoye to chair the Illinois State Board of Education
2022-09-19
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker appointed Dr. Steven Isoye, a former educator and superintendent, to chair the Illinois State Board of Education, effective immediately. Isoye follows in the footsteps of Darren Reisberg, a member of the LGBTQ+ ...


Gay News

Andersonville Arts Weekend to take place Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
2022-09-19
-- From a press release - CHICAGO—The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC), in partnership with The Bramble Arts Loft and Connect Gallery, is welcoming back its 18th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend, with the neighborhood transformed into ...


Gay News

WORLD Malta PM, Kenya official, Kharkiv Pride, sex-education campaign
2022-09-18
Malta Prime Minister Robert Abela has promised reforms for the country's LGBTQ+ community, including free gender-affirming surgery for trans people, according to PinkNews. In an interview with ONE Radio, he said, "I believe that social reform ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Marriage bill, drag queen dies, Dutch queen visits, university sued
2022-09-18
A bipartisan group of senators trying to pass same-sex marriage protection legislation pushed a vote until after the November election—a move the officials say increases their chances of success but avoids forcing the GOP on record ...


Gay News

Elle Lett keynotes 'Transgender Health Equity in Troubled Times' at symposium
2022-09-17
Statistician, epidemiologist, physician-in-training and Boston Children's Hospital post-doctoral fellow Elle Lett kicked off the eighth annual Midwest LGBTQ+ Health Symposium with a keynote, "Transgender Health Equity in Troubled Times," on ...


Gay News

Texas district court issues third directive benefiting trans youths
2022-09-16
On Sept. 16, the Travis County District Court issued a third injunction blocking Texas from implementing a directive targeting trans youth and their families across the state. The directive ordered the Department of Family and Protective ...


Gay News

Montana judge strikes down anti-trans birth-certificate rule
2022-09-15
A Montana state judge blocked a 2021 state law that would have banned transgender people from changing the gender listed on their birth certificates unless they have undergone gender-affirming surgery, Axios reported. District Court Judge Michael ...


Gay News

WORLD Death in Bali, Chile constitution, Wales items, Israel petition
2022-09-11
Video below - Bowing to pressure from activists, prosecutors in Peru launched an investigation into the suspicious death of a transgender man from Peru who died in custody in Bali after he was arrested for alleged cannabis possession, Gay ...


Gay News

Broadway musical Chicago to open Sept. 12 with Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart
2022-09-09
-- From a press release - The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome actress and human rights advocate Angelica Ross ("Pose," "American Horror Story") making her Broadway debut in the ...


Gay News

Campus Pride releases 'absolute worst, most unsafe campuses for LGBTQ+ people'
2022-09-09
-- From a press release - CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Campus Pride released The Worst List documenting the "Absolute Worst, Most Unsafe Campuses for LGBTQ+ Youth." The Worst List is an annual listing of colleges and universities that have chosen to openly ...


Gay News

Miami-Dade school board rejects LGBTQ History Month over 'Don't Say Gay' fears
2022-09-08
On Sept. 7, the Miami-Dade School Board struck down a proposal that would have recognized October as "LGBTQ History Month" out of concern that it would violate the state's Parental Rights in Education law, known by ...


Gay News

Oklahoma being sued over anti-trans restroom law
2022-09-07
Three Oklahoma students are suing the state over its law that bars transgender students from using the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity, KOSU reported. The 42-page suit challenges that Senate Bill 615 is unconstitutional. A ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.