Video of the the May 8 Zoom event, “Four Authors Celebrate Transgender and Non-Binary Children,” hosted by New York City’s LGBTQ bookstore and performance space, BGSQD Bureau of General Services Queer Division.

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May 8: Four Authors Celebrate Transgender and Non-Binary Kids

A very special international Zoom event–spanning nine time zones–celebrating transgender and non-binary children.

On May 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, Manhattan LGBTQ bookstore and event space Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (at the NYC LGBT Center) will host a very special international Zoom event–spanning nine time zones–celebrating transgender and non-binary children.

Four authors from Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Malmö and Stockholm, Sweden respectively will discuss new books they’ve each published for and about trans and non-binary children, and the personal experiences that inspired their creations.

Participating authors include Camila Gisslow (“Perfectly Linus,” “Perfectly Bella,” “Perfectly Charlie”), Ris iRAWniQ Anderson (“Charlie’s Best Work Yet”), Jodie Patterson (“The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation” and “Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope”) and Marcus Tallberg  founder of rainbow media publisher Tallbergs Förlag (“My Queer Teen Life” with Emma Börck).

Registration on Eventbrite is required in order to receive the Zoom link on the day of the event.
Closed-captioning will be available.
Suggested donation to benefit the Bureau: $5.
All are welcome to join, with or without a donation.
You can make a donation when you register on Eventbrite.
Click here to register.

Expanded author bios below.

L-R: Camilla Gisslow (photo by Ian Muller), Jodie Patterson, Ris iRAWniQ Anderson (photo by John Allen Phillips Photo), Marcus Tallberg.

Participant biographies:

Camilla Gisslow: “My journey began when my child came out in 1997 at the age of four and a half. He clearly explained to me one evening that he was not a girl, but a boy,” says Swedish author, transgender and LGBTQ+ rights activist, educator and filmmaker Camilla Gisslow. She is the author of the “Perfectly Me” trans children’s book series, Perfectly LinusPerfectly Bella, and Perfectly Charlie—three sweet coming out stories in which each child asserts their chosen gender identity, which is then celebrated with a party at school for their new names. In 2018 she directed the documentary, “Save Our Lives,” which shares the lives of three families which have embraced their trans children since they came out. (A link and password to view the film will be shared at the close of the May 8th event.) Camilla is the founder of Trans-Forming, a consulting company that offers trans and LGBTQ+ sensitivity training. She lives in Malmö, Sweden. (Read the press release for Camilla’s books here.)

Ris iRAWniQ Anderson (RAW), is the author of Charlie’s Best Work Yet, a beautifully illustrated children’s book about an artistic, androgynous grade school girl, who thanks to a fellow student, discovers and then finds strength in her newfound hero, Grace Jones. RAW is a non-binary masculine-identified author, alternative musician, voice over artist and actor and “momma to my 12 year old shy, yet brilliant boy.” They are based in Los Angeles. More about iRAWniQ here. @irawniq

Jodie Patterson is the author of The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation and was Family Circle magazine’s Most Influential Mom in 2018. She is the mother of five children, two of whom are self-proclaimed gender nonconformists–one transgender and another genderqueer. Jodie was inspired to write Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope to show how an entire community can be flexible and change for those they love. Jodie raises her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Marcus Tallberg is the founder of Stockholm-based rainbow media publishing company, Tallbergs Förlag, which has released nearly 40 LGBTQ novels, YA and children’s titles, as well as Camilla Gisslow’s “Save Our Lives” documentary. Late 2020/early 2021 the house released eight titles in North America, including Camilla Gisslow’s “Perfectly Me” series and the semi-autobiographical, My Teen Queer Life, by Marcus Tallberg and Emma Björck. Marcus and Tallbergs Förlag is based in Stockholm.

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