Over the past month I have been on a Twitter storm, and I have had the privilege to connect with lots of interesting people, as well as have some great conversations about being Muslim and gay. It is honestly one of the main reasons I have Twitter (@GuyGinaMonos), as it allows me to connect with people I would never have met in real life. I have been lucky enough to find people who have found my blog to be of help, and that feeling is amazing. I will continue to write content that matters and help out as many people as possible.
That brings me to an exciting project that I got informed about by a lovely man called Omid. He is creating a pop-up children's book about coming out, and accepting what lies within the closet. I think this is an amazing narrative that needs to be told, and honestly think that resources like these are beneficial to the community as it helps parents and children understand what it means to be LGBTQ, and how daunting it can be to come out. We go through a lot of inner turmoil when. deciding when to come out, and how to do it. For some it can be easy, but for people in Asian and Middle Eastern families, that is very hard to do without fear of losing it all. The artwork is amazing too, some of which you can see here.
Recent media has shown that there are a lot more available resources and visual representations of minority LGBTQ, and this book will help to strengthen that and build another platform to empower others. Every story told allows more discussion, and from this dialogue more acceptance that being LGBTQ is not a bad thing at all, and the more we normalise it the less people will fear, including those that are struggling to be out and proud. We need to support projects like this. He has a vision to have full funding and have the book ready for 'World Coming Out Day' in October, so there is still time to help him achieve his goal. I will leave links in this blog post, and really do urge you all to do your part for the greater good.
The links for this project and for Omid's social media and all important Kickstarter page (donate as it's a worthy cause 😁) are here:
Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/letmeoutbook/let-me-out-lgbtq-childrens-pop-up-book?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=let%20me%20out
Let's all show him the love we wish to see in the world.