It's the end of the world
- As long as the world is going to Hell I thought I would honor TV's most prominent transsexual: South Park's Mrs. Garrison.
(Inquisitr) - Transgender children’s books, which address a topic once considered so taboo that no mainstream publisher would touch it, are gaining a wider audience thanks to a handful of authors and a few mainstream publishers willing to reach out to children struggling with gender identity, the New York Times is reporting.
Children’s literature has often been reluctant to take on taboo subjects — Judy Blume’s candid descriptions of menstruation and teen sexuality were considered scandalous in their day, according to NPR.
But the children’s publishing industry has taken on a handful of difficult subjects in recent years, including rape, suicide, and sex trafficking. But the subject of gender identity in teens, adolescents, and children has gotten scant little attention.
David Levithan, vice president and publisher of Scholastic Press, says that publishers are now becoming willing to take on the subject of transgender children — however slowly.
“In our culture, it was really something that was in the shadows, but suddenly people are talking about it. As our culture is starting to acknowledge transgender people and acknowledge that they are a part of the fabric of who we are, literature is reflecting that.”
Much of the body of work in transgender children’s literature is aimed at teens and adolescents, according to SFGate. Sam Martin, a 43-year-old who has transitioned from female to male, will be releasing later this month a semi-autobiographical teen novel about a transgender teen boy who falls in love with another boy. Similarly, the memoir Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill, about a transgender teen girl in Oklahoma who falls in love with another transgender teen girl, hit the shelves last year.
A scant few books about transgender issues are aimed at an even younger crowd: pre-teens and children. Jacob’s New Dress, published in March, 2014, tells the story of a young boy who wants to dress like a girl.Read More . . . .
|South Park - I just can't help myself|
Mr. Garrison: ...I'm Sorry Wendy, but I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.
Ms. Garrison: Children I'm going to tell you something that you may find, well, a little strange.
Ms. Garrison: I'm gay.
Ms. Garrison: Scissor Me Timbers!
.Ms. Garrison: Mayor, this is an outrage! We are being discriminated against as lesbians!
Mayor: You're a lesbian now?
Ms. Garrison: That's right, a proud lesbian.
.Mr. Garrison: Holy Moley! I've gotta find a way to get fired for being gay!