It Gets Better for Trans Youth: Transcendent Anthology invitation

It’s a long story difficult to tell without compromising the privacy of those involved, but a trans child recently decided that death was preferable to a world in which he had to live as the wrong gender.
It’s difficult to even write about this without getting choked up, so please excuse my brevity. Let me just say that I also don’t want to live in a world that tells children their identity is wrong.
We’ve seen this story in far too many forms. “Who you are is wrong. You don’t belong. You are a mistake. You should pretend to be someone you’re not before anyone will accept you.”
I’m sick and tired of it. I’m sick and tired of hoping things will get better, and I want to do something about it.
How about you?
A few years back, It Gets Better Project brought together a host of people to give messages of hope to LGBT youth. It’s a wonderful, powerful movement. A group of LGBT authors came together with Something Good to provide Kindles and books to homeless LGBT youth, and we made some wonderful connections.
Today, I’d like to introduce an anthology to give hope and support to trans youth. (For purposes of this project, “trans” depends on the individual person’s definition. If you identify as trans, then you are.) If you are a trans adult, young adult, or non-trans ally, you are welcome. You don’t have to be a published author or artist.
Transcendent (working title) will be an anthology filled with letters, essays, stories, artwork, poetry, nonfiction, and other pieces written to and for trans youth. We will  work in conjunction with organizations that provide services for trans youth, and all proceeds will go to these organizations.
  1. All original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, song lyrics, artwork, etc. welcome. If your submission has been published elsewhere, you must include documentation that you have permission to repost in the anthology.
  2.  No proselytizing (religious or otherwise), profanity, graphic sex/violence/drug use, or racism/bigotry. Keep content at a PG level.
  3. Suggested length: 2K or under. Specification for artwork TBD, but it should be able to fit on one book page and in a standard digital format of high quality.
  4. All entries that contain religious content must be marked accordingly. Non-proselytizing submissions are welcome and encouraged, as long as the message focuses on acceptance.
  5. You must be 18 or older, or you must have a parent/legal guardian sign consent to participate.
  6. Submissions should be in standard MS Word and follow typical publishing guidelines. (More information on this later, but don’t use complicated formatting.)
  7. All proceeds will go toward organizations that help trans teens and young adults/adults.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

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