Coming Out Stories edited by Emma Goswell & Sam Walker

★★★★☆
“[…] We all want to be loved and accepted by our friends and family for who we are. We don’t want to lie; we want to be us. We want those we care about to share the highs and lows of our life.”

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

★★★★★
“I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to fear. I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to fear the world girl by turning it into a weapon they used to hurt me. I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to hate and eventually destroy my femininity. I’m afraid of men because it was men who taught me to fear the extraordinary parts of myself.”

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

★★★★★ “This idea that Canada’s racial injustices are not as bad as they could be, this notion of Slavery Lite, of Racism Lite, of what my friend calls the “toy version of racism” is a very Canadian way of saying: remember what we could do to you if we wanted to. Passive-aggressive racism is central to Canada’s national mythology and identity.”