Refugee Sponsorship: How You Can Help

I have been neglecting my blog for a few months– but it’s been a busy summer and fall. I have several new books- non-fiction, middle grade fiction, YA and a board book- in the works… in various stages, and all jostling for attention. I’ve been talking about LGBTQ Pride in BC schools and libraries, from […]

Stonewall Awards 2017

I was at the Stonewall Awards at ALA Chicago yesterday! It was such an amazing morning… here are my remarks for those who wanted to be there but couldn’t. (I didn’t get through this little speech without getting more than a little teary. So many emotions! Phew. And a room full of the loveliest people […]

A Year in the Life of PRIDE

My Pride book turns ONE today! And it has been such an exciting and interesting year. So much learning and so many amazing new people in my life because of PRIDE. So happy birthday, little book! And as if to help celebrate, these newly printed copies arrived in my mail box today- complete with shiny […]

Talking Pride With BC Students

I’m heading out in a couple of days on the BC Book Prizes Tour! I’ll be visiting grade 4-7 classes at schools in Harrison Hotsprings, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Castlegar, Nelson and Rossland. So excited to talk about my Pride book with more kids and teachers across the province: It is always encouraging to see the work […]

Books, Resistance and Hope

It’s been a truly amazing couple of weeks for my Pride book. And while authors are, obviously, always happy to see their books do well, this book is especially close to my heart and seeing it be so well-received makes me happier than I can say. Against a backdrop of rising racism, islamophobia, sexism, ableism, homophobia […]

Pride: Protest and Celebration

Pride has always been both a protest against oppression and injustice, and a celebration of our beautiful, resilient, diverse community. We fight for change, for freedom, for equality. We celebrate our victories and our loves and our identities. But I’ve never experienced that duality as intensely– as viscerally– as this June. I started writing my […]

Because Homophobia Kills: Making Schools Safer for LGBTQ Kids

This is a message for all my friends (and friends of friends, and LGBTQ allies, and anyone who cares about social justice). It is especially a message for those of you who are parents, because schools care about what you think. Your voice on this will be heard. After the horrific hate crime last week- […]

Celebrating IDAHOT Around the World

Today is IDAHOT: the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. IDAHOT began in 2004, with the goal of drawing international attention to the discrimination, persecution and violence still faced by LGBTI people. The date of IDAHOT- May 17- was chosen to commemorate the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization officially removed homosexuality from […]

Celebrating Pride

I’ve had three launches for Pride over the last two weeks (in Victoria, Toronto and Hamilton) and I wanted to share a few of the highlights… The kids who stood up and took the mic to share what Pride meant to them. I loved every word they said, and I get teary at the memory. […]

PRIDE on the road!

In a few days time, I am taking PRIDE on the road! I’ll be launching my newest book, PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY in both Toronto and Hamilton. If you are in one of those cities, please come out and celebrate with me! The launches are free events and everyone is welcome– kids, teens and […]