Faith is important to a lot of the world and for far too many queer youth, growing up with religion can be a painful experience. I wanted this novel to be something a young queer person of faith could hold on to as a bright spot while they navigate the waters of finding themselves. Maybe this story is too optimistic or maybe it’s exactly where we are in an exciting time of change, but as Althea says to Jo, didn’t God make you in his image? Aren’tyou worthy of that love?
You will know when you feel safe. (Your gut is a powerful self-protector!) You will know the right time to tell your faith community. You will know if you can’t. You may need a new faith community. You may leave religion altogether. But if a faith community is important to you, then you should be able to have it. And if you are an ally reading this book, stand up for your queer friends and don’t make room for hate in your belief systems.
As you walk away from this novel, there’s one thing I’d like you to take with you […], and that’s the knowledge that there are many people in the world who think you are perfect just the way you are.
Go out and find them.
– Jaye Robin Brown