Amy just wrote a childrens book about same-sex wedding, and it is amazing!

I were (secretly) just allowed to skim through a few pages of Amy Chungs new children book “Wishful Wedding”, and it is simply amazing!

Malaysian born Amy Chung, just released her 3rd book, and this time it is an illustrated book about a girl and her two daddies, and why they are feeling sad.

“Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy and I get ready, a flower girl I am. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.”

Equality had always been a part of Amy’s own personal beliefs and were often frustrated when confronted by exasperating homophobic news in the public media and general public. Amy’s literary focus is among other towards children of same gender families and how difficult it must be growing up in a society and community where it is not often understood and sometimes still considered a stigma to grow up with same-sex parents.

More importantly she believes that the world need more LGBTQ literature for younger children so they know no different and that they will grow up in a world where diverse family units just simply exist, and she long for the day when the world don’t have to associate pride with the words “tolerance” and “acceptance”.

“We need more exposure and education in our schools, libraries and media. Our children can pave the way for the future.” she said.

And I can only agree with her on that – and is not only a strong hint to Singapores National Library Board, who I feel should be gifted a few copies of the book…

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It took only Amy a few hours to write the story – but several months of agony to rewrite and edit it into the book you today can get. She didn’t feel it were any easier to sit down and write her third book, but not more challenging either.

“The greatest challenge writing a book is doubting yourself and your writing.  So you re-write and work on the manuscript over and over again until you lose the original intent.”

The 32 pages book were Illustrated by multiple award winner, Paula Bossio, who outdid herself with these amazing illustrations that she did for the book, and even if you for personal beliefs do not (shame on you) belive in same-sex weddings and partnerships, then you should get this book just for the cute illustrations.

Wishful Wedding can be found on Amazon and selcted other stores and is suitable for children ages 3-6 years, and adults with a youthful mindset

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A Wishful Wedding is part of A Pocketful of Pride and is a series within the Pigeonhole Books collection that features stories about children from families with same-sex parents. .You can read more about Amy and her other books here or stalk her on GoodReads here

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The week of a thousand weirdness

I just taught everyone in the office to say “Heteronormative” and I am feeling proud of myself because of that.

Well if you have read the post that you can’t read yet, because it got stuck in my draft folder on this blog, then you would have known that I am on a “temp” loan to a sister company that is run by an old colleague – who on the first day proudly outed me in front of 17-20 people in the Amsterdam office.

Not that I am not out of the closet, but honestly not really a person who stand up on a soap box announcing my sexuality to the world either.

So my first day there were to say it as it was – odd.

Odd in a way that the first question I got from the person sitting opposite me first said “I really didn’t know that Asians really could be lesbians too.”

On another note.

My aunt and uncle have come out of hiding after their son announced that he was going to marry an Australian as soon as it is possible. An Australian guy that is.

But they are now back in full glory again and demanded that I make an effort to ungay myself, and that I stop being disruptive to the family and their reputation. Apparently I am a very bad influence to my Singaporean relatives and my siblings (who are several years older than me) with my lifestyle and attitude, and so, my Uncle and Aunt feel it is important that I correct myself.

Since I guess it removes theses uncomfortable questions about their own gay son.

I don’t know.

Speaking about Singapore…

Things in Singapore have become more than weird. Lately book burning of Children books that for some reason or another were branded as homosexual or had a gay agenda.

Imagine that. Burning children books and simply banning all homosexual books in public libraries and a government that publicly support it and stand behind burning and destruction of books, because something might have some homosexual vibe about them?

I mean when was the last time that you have heard about that?

1933, Books got burned because they did not comply with a narrow world view. Shortly (or immediately) after, Pink Triangles were introduced. Will Singapore not learn anything from History?

In 1933’s Germany?

Or in more recent times Taliban and IS(IS) occupied areas.

And now also in Singapore.

Of other more absurd demands were separate public toilets for homosexuals in Singapore, that I believe began as an ironic thought but that a larger group of Singaporeans actually took serious and is now demanding that it becomes a reality.

Unkept public toilets in Singapore are also the fault of homosexuals now by the way.

But imagine the next time that you visit Singapore and that you need to urgently find a toilet. Male, Female or Gay?

Of more positive notes. Human Rights groups around the world have begun to move and is now asking both the UN, the European Union and their local governments what their stand is on Singapore’s most recent actions.

Unfortunately I believe that for the European Union, the matter of money is more important to them than Human Rights is.

That is until the day that the Singaporean government demand that we wear Pink Triangles on all of our clothes so we easier can be identified.

 

(I wrote this a week ago. Been too busy with the more recent events in the world, that I haven’t had time to post anything before today)