A Future (Digital Download)
In a near future where access to gender affirming care is illegal or dangerous for young people in certain parts of the country, a trans community organizers have established a network of Private Schools where young people can find refuge. Mira, a young person from South Dakota, is getting a ride to one of those schools from Nat, a veteran organizer. On the way they crash with friends, and Mira gets an idea of what her adult life could be like.
“This story gives a bright YES to the question of trans thriving under the bleak shadow of these times. Against the state-by-state criminalization of trans existence that leaves wide swaths of the country uninhabitable for trans youth, A Future offers the open arms and deep-rooted personal histories of trans community like a home-made feast shared with friends, and shows how, by acting where we stand and imagining a livable version of the present, we can not only ensure survival, but open up entire worlds.” – Jacob Fricke, Hello Hello Books, Rockland ME
“In this well-contained road story, steady sources of kindness offset the discomfort of a young person journeying far beyond their hostile point of origin. The narrative gracefully portrays the awkwardness in their displacement and thrill felt in rapidly establishing new reference points for them to build off from as their world expands. Deliberate subversion of power structures and the careful guidance evident in the relocation network recalls the scrappy web of resources overlaying an assortment of radical libraries, infoshops, cooperative houses, DIY venues, Food Not Bombs chapters and other countercultural stops which dotted the US several decades ago, prior to the wonderless charting and overall refinement of social connections by our more widespread incorporation of the internet. The avenues here are not synonymous, and that lack of explicit association with any activist tradition reads as a strength, in that the excitement felt by the teenage Mira easily carries onto the reader through a gentle reminder that our lives may also be redefined as we face the unknown, with meaningful connections and weight to the manner in which we approach them.” – Matt, ABRAXAS, Portland ME