What’s the Queer Pack story? It all started when three Germans and an Australian who lives in Spain walked into a bar…
No, not really. Well, kind of.
The Queer Pack story started in 2016, when it was a fun little project on the side. Since 2019, Queer Pack has become its own (still fun :)) entity, run by four people you can read more about here. Those people are us: Katja Ken, Gabby, Melanie, and Sam. The three Germans and the Aussie living in Spain who all walked into a bar…wait, that’s the joke again. While there are a lot of laughs in Queer Pack, what we do all take seriously is queer representation.
We all met in 2017 (some of us knew each other before that), but back then Queer Pack was still Katja Ken, Gabby, and Sam. Melanie officially joined us in 2021.
Katja Ken, Gabby, Melanie, and Sam are incredibly passionate about queer rep in the media, and that is, really, how the Queer Pack story began: a burning need to see more queer rep. And with their combination of social media prowess, publishing background, and an utter love of a damn good story, they decided to go ahead and try to create the space they so wanted to see themselves.
An Inclusive Queer Pack Story
Queer Pack is the home to all. Being queer means so many things to so many people. Thus, QP is a space for everyone on the queer spectrum, especially those that don’t often have a platform, be they for characters who are trans, non-binary, genderfluid, asexual, aromantic, demisexual, pansexual, bisexual — the list goes on!
We are aware that being queer is a sensitive and complex topic, and we want everyone to feel welcome at our website, especially queer people. We welcome any feedback, criticism, and suggestions at any time. Please always feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or ideas!
While we feel our Queer Pack team represents a lot of different genders, political views, nationalities and life experience, we are aware that we do not represent all sections within the queer community be it regarding ethnicity/race, class, and/or (dis)ability. As there are so many facets of queer life, we know we can never represent all of them. Nevertheless, we would like to offer a space for all queer people to feel safe and find the best queer books out there.
We are always looking for more sensitivity readers and appropriate guest bloggers. If one or both of these sound like you, please contact us: email@example.com
Why is QP Important? Because Queer Representation Matters!
The word queer can have different connotations. One is the umbrella term for LGBTQIA+, and another one is the defiance of heteronormativity and the gender binary. Both of these ideas have huge importance to us over here at Queer Pack.
Frustratingly, the publishing world (and, well, the world in general, but that’s another blog post entirely) is dominated by heteronormativity. Queer Pack is therefore a place for voices normally suppressed or ignored in queer spaces, including but not limited to: bi/pan, aro/ace individuals as well as trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming people. We welcome stories about all kinds of relationships, be they monogamous, poly, or open. Our aim is to bring you these stories, celebrating their identities and experiences! Because queer representation is not only important, it’s necessary.
Queer Representation and What That Means
We would like to see characters from all backgrounds within our books, thus providing representation to, and for, everyone who makes up our world, rather than characters who just fit one certain mold. Not only do we want to provide a platform for queer minorities, we also wish to be inclusive of all minorities in our society. Our perception of queer is not solely cis, white, and Western. Rather than spending hours searching for that little piece of queer gold, now there is a place where all you will find is books with queer themes. We wish to provide a platform for queer voices, and a place in which people searching for a queer story know they can go to find it! We shouldn’t have to spend hours finding that one little piece of queer representation.
Queer Representation and Own Voice
Within Queer Pack, we feel it is really important to have a place for people who struggle to get their books out there. Own voice is very important to us. However, we do not wish to force anyone to come out or label something as own voice if they aren’t comfortable. This means whenever appropriate, we at Queer Pack will be using sensitivity readers, as not every author always identifies with the groups they are writing about. It’s important that the topics covered within Queer Pack are handled sensitively, without stigmas, stereotypes, negative tropes, and destructive ideas.
Thus, what we want to achieve with Queer Pack, is to provide a home, and a megaphone, to those queer people we feel really need it the most, as well as a place people know to go to find excellent queer stories! We want these stories heard, and we want queer representation for all.
Queer Pack aims to produce high-quality books with amazing storylines! And it will all be queer. Awesome.