This powerful, moving story—which has already touched more than seven million through a viral video created by the Whittington family—is a mother’s first-hand account of her emotional choice to embrace her transgender child.
When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Beautiful and moving, the video documenting Hillary’s and Jeff’s love for their child instantly went viral and has been seen by more than seven million viewers since its posting in May 2014.
Strange Playgrounds, by George Daniel Lea.
A vile waking... There are places we walk; cold and dusk-lit; places where the wind whispers, carrying echoes of forgotten games. ...a storm of sadism, more loving than any embrace or caress he'd ever known... There are places where we are naked; where the grass and weeds rasp across bleeding wounds, exposed nerves, their dew glistening red. ...we are all sick; some are simply sicker than most... Places where the silence cannot be broken, its insect chatter fraying thought, fracturing sanity. ...shadows swarming around their intertwined bodies, whispering, congealing... These are the Strange Playgrounds; places where we meet our murdered or abandoned selves, and join their desperate games. Come and play awhile.
Out & Allied Anthology (Volume 1) - The Out & Allied Project, focuses on youth-written and performed pieces on queer and allied issues. Add Verb Productions has published The Out & Allied Anthology which includes short plays, spoken word, and poetry that address issues of cultivating allies among queer and questioning youth. Additionally, find a youth activism handbook with production guidance and resources.
Out & Allied (volume 2) - is an anthology featuring 46 plays,
monologues, poems and songs as well as tools for social change. This
collection celebrates the strength and resiliency of youth, and
especially LGBTQ youth and their allies. Contributions hail from all
over the US, highlighting the work being done in the field of queer and
allied youth theatre. Included in volume 2: a case for faith-based
community advocacy; tools for true dialogue over discussion; guidance on
facilitating youth leadership. The rich cache of resources point
youth, youth leaders, faith-leaders, teachers, family and activists
toward LGBTQ supports: theatre companies, summer camps, conferences,
faith-based organizations; toolkits and books; a glossary of LGBTQ
terms, info graphics, and research reports on how bias affects youth;
and, a listing of the performance pieces by theme for easy perusing.
Vol. 2 follows the award-winning Vol. 1, which received the 2012 Maine Writers & Publishers Award for Best Anthology and got notice in Teaching Tolerance Staff Picks. The performance pieces range from simple, flexible works that can adapt to meet casting and topic needs, to longer multi-character traditional plays. New to Vol. 2, thanks to re-printing permission from Pittsburgh's LGBTQ & allied youth group Dreams of Hope, sheet music and lyrics. Topics include coming out, trans* acceptance, love, family and intergenerational suppport, being a friend, faith, and much more. Add Verb is a program of the University of New England, and is based in Portland, Maine.