But when we live in a world that inundates us with messages that thin is in and people still genuinely believe that identifying anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum is a choice, it can be hard to see through the fog of negativity and find representation in the media – or just on the street.
The lack of LGBT+ acceptance in sex education “sends a dangerous message to LGBTQ students, along with their non-LGBTQ peers, that they are not an equal and valued part of the school community,” according to Dr. Joe Kosciw, GLSEN’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer.
Kaye takes several moments like this throughout the book to reflect on her progress since the beginning of her transition. “I can wear what I want and use makeup, and it’s okay,” Kaye observes on June 13th. “I’ve worked past so much self-shame.