I’m super proud and super excited to have a story in this new anthology of YA from LGBTQI+ authors and illustrators, published by Stripes and edited by Juno Dawson.
My story ‘The Other Team’ is about a queer football team rallying around their trans star player.
When I was trying to come up with stories for Proud, I realised pretty quickly that I wanted to write something about friendship. There are lots of LGBTQI+ stories about love and romance and relationships, and those are great, but not as many about queer friendships, and those are really important to me.
I work with LGBTQI+ young people, and – despite knowing next to nothing about sport! – I’ve somehow found myself working for a sports organisation. I’ve taken lots of young people on day trips and weekends away to a play sport, and a lot of those experiences went into the story.
Working for a sports organisation, I realise how many issues there still are for LGBTQI+ people in sport, and I wanted to make sure the story stayed true to them.
I really wanted to get over the feeling of the pride you can feel, being part of a team – even when things aren’t going well! – and how important it is to feel like part of something.
‘PROUD brings together a beautiful variety of queer voices, telling stories of love and pain, struggles and triumphs. It’s like a multi-faceted gemstone, each angle reflecting a new, different, story about queer adolescence – and together as a collection, it shines’ – LC Rosen, author of JACK OF HEARTS (AND OTHER PARTS)
‘A brilliant, broad and inclusive collection of stories and poems spanning different genres, themes and identities. It’s a wonderful snapshot of LGBTQ+ writing for young people from the UK and Ireland and is in turns funny, touching, stirring, and empowering’ – Sophie Cameron, author of OUT OF THE BLUE
‘I loved every page of this wonderful and much-needed collection. Funny, sad, charming and more than a little bit magical’ – Keris Stainton, author of MY HEART GOES BANG
‘The incredible stories inside of PROUD made me laugh, cry, and feel proud to be who I am’ – Julian Winters, author of RUNNING WITH LIONS
‘Be still my rainbow-striped, queer-as-all-heck beating heart! From the adorable to the achingly beautiful, from the funny to the fabulous, what we have in PROUD is a beautiful collection of stories that speaks to so many different experiences. I cannot WAIT for the world to read this collection, it’s truly astounding. What a brilliant thing Stripes and Juno Dawson have done!’ – George Lester, TheGeorgeLester, YouTube
A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride.
Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Alizadeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.
Following A Changes is Gonna Come, winner of the YA BOOK PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018