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Video: Four Authors Celebrate Transgender and Non-Binary Kids

If you missed the terrific and moving, “Four Authors Celebrate Transgender and Non-Binary Children” Zoom event Saturday, May 8, we have video! (Thanks to for spreading the word!)

Manhattan LGBTQ bookstore and event space Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (at the NYC LGBT Center) hosted the very special international conversation. Four authors from across nine time zones–Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Malmö and Stockholm, Sweden respectively–discussed 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, “Being Alice”).

Ris IRAWniq Anderson, author of “Charlie’s Best Work Yet,” shows off their book during the Zoom event.

Two of the authors, Jodie Patterson and Camilla Gisslow are mothers of trans children. (Both share the deeply touching moment their children defiantly came out to them.) A third, Ris IRAWniq Anderson, identifies as non-binary. And author and publisher Marcus Tallberg not only has published over 40 LGBTQ books, including Gisslow’s but also wrote a fascinating and wise novel (“Being Alice”) about the coming of age of a young trans woman.

Greg Newton, co-founder Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, said of the event, “These important books by Camilla Gisslow, Ris iRAWniQ Anderson, Jodie Patterson, & Marcus Tallberg open up space for children who are trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and/or queer. Talking with these authors was such a pleasure, and the work they do inspires us all to listen to children, to learn from them, and to provide them with the love and support they need to fully embrace themselves as they are, at every stage in their journeys.” 

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Read the original press release, which includes author bios, here.
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L-R: Camilla Gisslow (Photo: Ian Muller), Jodie Patterson, Ris iRAWniq Anderson, Marcus Tallberg.
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