Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – A Discussion with Joel, Booktuber Behind Fictional Fates; If Your Activism Isn’t Intersectional, It Isn’t Activism

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - A Discussion with Joel, Booktuber Behind Fictional Fates; If Your Activism Isn't Intersectional, It Isn't Activism. Illustration of Xiaolong with her arms out wide, with Joel as a lion cub wearing a sun crown ,winking, and holding a

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

It’s been an amazing month, friends. It’s been a delight to have 21 amazing queer book bloggers and authors visit us to talk about all things queer and also an incredible honour to have such brilliant people give their time and energy to be a part of our little Pride Month series. It was a lot of hard work – for all of our guests and myself – but I do not regret a second of it all.

Pride Month at the Pond aimed to highlight the intersectional ideas and voices within the queer community. Queer experiences can be so interesting, varied, and complex – which is what makes the queer community and its people so beautiful – and our guests have done a stunning job at showcasing the beauty and power in their voices and their experiences.

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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – An Interview with Shenwei, Book Blogger; On The Intersections of Being Asian, Queer and Trans, and On Queer Fantasies!

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - An Interview with Shenwei, Book Blogger; On The Intersections of Being Asian, Queer and Trans, and On Queer Fantasies! An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms spread out wide like she is showing off someone, with Shenwei as an eagle owl, wearing glasses and a nonbinary flag and inclusive prideflag.

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

As Pride Month at the Pond draws to a close, I’ve been feeling so much gratitude for the wonderful guests that I’ve had the pleasure of hosting in the last month – and it’s been such a joy to have such amazing people visit us at the Pond. In this Pride Month series, we’ve done our best to showcase the intersectional voices and authors within the book community, and highlight why intersectionality is not only important, but also absolutely necessary.
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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – A Discussion with Kait, Book Blogger behind Kaitlyn’s Cozy Reading Corner; My Journey Through Queerness (Or: Kait Decides to Ramble for 3,000 Words)

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - A Discussion with Kait, Book Blogger behind Kaitlyn's Cozy Reading Corner; My Journey Through Queerness (Or: Kait Decides to Ramble for 3,000 Words). Illustration of Xiaolong holding her arms up wide, with Kait as a pug wearing a purple hoodie and holding a panda plushie.

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

Throughout our Pride Month series at the Pond, we have had the honour and privilege to share so many people’s stories about their queer experiences and their varied feelings about what it means to be ‘queer’. A theme we have seen in these stories that we’ve been lucky to share with you all is that how people come into their queer identities is not a straight line – it can be a complicated mess, one where people go back and forth, and may even take time to figure out.

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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – May, Book Blogger, and Zhui Ning, Editor, Share Their Favourite Queer Asian Reads!

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - May, Book Blogger, and Zhui Ning, Editor, Share Their Favourite Queer Asian Reads! Illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, her arms out wide with May as an elephant with a caparison with bisexual colours, and Zhui Ning with an asexual flag coloured duck wearing funky glasses.

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

During the month of May, I invited an array of Asian authors and content creators to talk what being Asian means to them and how that intersects with literature and books. For Pride Month and our ongoing celebration of queer identity and queer experiences, it feels right to bring the two together and celebrate queer Asian books.

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Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – A Discussion with Em, Book Blogger Behind Em’s Bookish Musings; Being Aro-Ace and Yoruba Muslim

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - Em, Book Blogger; Being Aro-Ace and Yoruba Muslim. An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms spread out wide like she is showing off someone, with Em as an arctic fox wearing round glasses and books stacked on her head.

An illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, waving her hand and winking at you while holding up a flag with the inclusive Pride flag - horizontal stripes of black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Pride Month is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where during the month of June, queer authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being queer, queer books, and their experiences of being a queer reader. Find the introduction post for Pride Month at The Quiet Pond here.

During our Pride Month post, we have had the honour of having some of our guests talk about how their queer identity intersects with their religious identities. For instance, our first guest Fadwa talked about her experience of being both queer and muslim (and how that was not a contradiction) and we have also had Nicole, who talked about how her Christian upbringing shaped her journey into bisexuality. I feel incredibly honoured to have guests put their hand up to collaborate with me for Pride Month and to share something that is deeply personal. Today, we have another guest who is going to talk about her own experiences.

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