Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition – A Discussion with Carolina, Book Blogger; The Weight of Being ‘Out and Proud’: How Trans Books Helped Me Feel Validated

Our Friend is Here! Pride Month Edition - Carolina, Book Blogger; The Weight of Being 'Out and Proud': How Trans Books Helped Me Feel Validated. Illustration of Xiaolong the axolotl, her arms out wide as if she is showing off something, with Carolina as a chihuahua wearing plaid and big red 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.

As a queer woman of colour, something that I’ve reflected on a lot is the burden that queer people of colour feel to ‘perform’ their queer identities. There is so much pressure to express queerness in ways that are highly visible, and for queer people of colour, when queer spaces are predominantly occupied by white people, it can be a heavy weight to bear.
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