S Bear Bergman is in need of a little bit of help.
Bergman recently launched a site on kickstarter.com to help fund a project called Flamingo Rampant! Gender Independent Kids Books. The project would help fund the publication of two books, entitled The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy and Backwards Day.
Image from Bergman's Kickstarter page.
Bergman describes the reasoning behind the creation:
"As a writer and parent, my goal in writing these stories was to create books that would not only open up opportunities to talk about trans issues but also offer great stories – the kind I could imagine my own son asking to have read a second, third, or ::sigh:: fourth time before bed. The stories themselves fold issues of gender in seamlessly, making them great for any kind of kid."
In a video on the Kickstarter page, Bergman includes interviews with librarians, educators, trans families and more, all of whom highlight their desire to see these books – and books about gender variance – published. Children, and the families who read books to them, want to see themselves represented in books. It's that simple.
Check it out.