I bought a website again
The start of an LGBTQ+ children's book.
It seems like every time I have an idea for a new project, I buy a website. I probably need to stop but I get too excited!
I was telling my wife how I wanted to find a book for our new niece about having two aunties. When my sister was pregnant I went searching for a book about gay aunties but I couldn’t find anything that stood out to me.
It made me a little sad that something so simple couldn’t be found and reminded me still how new it is for LGBTQ+ communities to see themselves in the world around them.
Living in the UK, I am very aware of how lucky I am to have only suffered a few bouts of verbal abuse and the system says no discrimination on occasion. One of the many awful parts of the Section 28 amendments in 1988 meant local authorities weren’t allowed to publish material or ‘promote the teaching in any school of the acceptability of homosexuality’. Basically, we don’t talk about gay people and we don’t read books about them. It took until 2003 to get this changed and still in 2022 there are a limited number of children’s books representing LGBTQ+ characters.
A couple of years ago on a Manchester Pride float, I saw so much love from the crowds. But amongst them was a cordoned-off group of people holding banners of hatred and disgust, trying to suck out the joy. They didn’t succeed. It was sad to see how people’s beliefs can cage them from being open to all the wonderful rainbow of humans in the world.
I want baby Ivy to grow up in an inclusive world where we are normal (whatever that means) to her and her friends. So I thought it might be nice to normalise our relationship for her in something fun like a book so she could look at it when she wants and see how we live (just the same as everyone else!).
I love seeing LGBTQ+ friends sharing their journeys and showing that we’re all the same curious colourful humans.
And so mytwoaunties.com now exists to contribute to the rainbow.
This post is part of a series of atomic essays on Twitter for #Ship30for30