Transgender Day of Visibility—Celebrating Diversity in Trans Identities

To the transgender community there are two important international days of recognition. The first, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20, is a day to remember and mourn the violence experienced by the transgender community. The second, the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), today on March 31, is all about making the trans community more visible in society. Transgender is a huge umbrella term to a lot of different people. For a long time, I considered transgender (trans) and non-binary (enby) as two very different identities. Now, however, my opinions on that have been changing. There is more diversity…

Trans voices in mainstream publishing—give us bread, but give us roses

We are facing serious upheaval and turbulent political times, and yet we can’t forget art. We can’t give up novels, poetry, paintings, music, and media, even in the most challenging of eras.  During the early years of the labor movements in the United States, circa 1911, suffragist Rose Schneiderman wrote: “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist—the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must…

Come Claim Your Prizes: Winners for the Queer Pack Giveaway Announced

Queer Pack’s first giveaway was a roaring success. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, shared, and got excited with us. We had a lot of fun reading about the types of stories you all want to read more of. It’s really exciting to see how many people are as keen as we are to see more diversity within their stories. So many comments included seeing more genderqueer (including trans and non-binary) and other sexualities (including ace and poly), and that’s just fantastic, as this is what Queer Pack is all about. We want to see all those under…

Queer Pack Giveaway: E-Books, T-Shirts, Bottle Openers, and Notebooks

Today is a really exciting day, because Queer Pack is doing its first giveaway! Are you excited? We are. We put our heads together and came up with a list of cool things for you to get your hands on. They range from e-books, to shirts, to bottle openers. And you won´t believe how easy it is for you to win some cool stuff. But first, the prizes. Up for grabs: 1 Queer Pack T-Shirt (straight cut different sizes) 1 Non-Binary Femme Shirt (we only have that in straight cut size L) 5 e-books of Ylva Publishing with queer or…

Welcome Eden S. French

Ylva Publishing’s new imprint, Queer Pack, is delighted to announce the signing of Australian author Eden S. French. In 2017, Queer Pack will republish Eden’s riveting, world-building, sci-fi novel, Reintegration, which she first self-published late last year. Reintegration follows streetwise cyborg Lexi Vale, who negotiates deals with crime lords in an anarchic city. Giving her the edge is a unique mind-reading implant—but now its creators want their technology back. Lexi finds refuge and an emotional connection with an unlikely group of rebels and outsiders. Queer Pack embraces characters and authors with identities beyond the usual gay or lesbian. Eden, who…

Invisible and Forgotten: LGBTQIA+ Homeless Youth Hurting in the Holidays

As the streets get colder and the holiday season sneaks closer, it’s time to embrace the giving spirit. It’s so easy to get lost in the rush of the lead up to it all, that sometimes we all just need a simple reminder of what really matters, and of what is going on in the world. Homelessness is increasing, and a huge number of youth who are living rough are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. In the US alone there are around 1.6 million homeless youth, and up to 40 percent of those are queer. In the UK, it’s estimated…

Blurring the lines: creating a welcoming space

Today I am happy, and proud, to announce our exciting new imprint, Queer Pack. Queer Pack is a place in which every member of the queer community can feel welcome. We want it to be a spot within the publishing world where readers can easily find high-quality queer fiction and non-fiction, written by queer people. And by that we mean stories with characters who are trans, non-binary, genderfluid, asexual, pansexual, bisexual, intersex — the list goes on! Our Queer Pack team members identify themselves in many different ways: lesbian, dyke, bisexual, butch, non-binary, genderqueer, demisexual, feminists, and transman. While together they’re…