We believe that authentic storytelling will create a more just and equitable world. We wish to empower LGBTQIA+ youth of color through the endless possibilities of creativity. We believe that providing a safe space will equip youth with the skills to write their own narratives without boundaries. We promise to support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire engagement. And to inspire and cultivate new generations of global creatives in communities divided by discrimination.
We envision a world where the publishing industry honors the potential, the complexity, and the fullness of the world itself. We wish to provide a space for aspiring LGBTQIA+ writers of color; a place where they can work on their craft, take control of their own narratives and are valued for their talents as writers rather than feeling they have to exploit themselves by only writing about their marginalized identities in a marketable way. Within the publishing world, 79% is white and 88% identify as heterosexual. The publishing world is not reflective of our world.
Offering members of the LGBTQIA+ community a platform and literary community within which to tell stories that are about more than just their identities will help them build a writing practice and audience such that they are themselves empowered to take that practice, and that supportive audience, proudly into mainstream media venues they value and would like to effect change in.