The Gender Book
The creators have been drawing, writing, and researching this book for the last 3 years, and now it is in your hands to bring the first edition to life.
By Georgie Krokus
The GENDER book you’ve been waiting for is going to print!
Creators of the GENDER book have announced their manuscript is complete and they are ready to go to press. Advance copies of the GENDER book, will be available for pre-order through the month of December through a Kickstarter campaign. (www.thegenderbook.com/kickstarter).
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will have the opportunity to donate copies of this educational resource to community organizations, schools, and libraries, and can also collect fun prizes, custom art, and gender swag. The book’s creators Mel Reiff Hill, Jay Mays, and Robin Mack have affirmed their commitment to keep the e-book available online as a digital download.
WHAT IS THE GENDER BOOK?
The GENDER book is a colorful visual primer on the world of gender. It has been called “clear enough for your mom to understand, real enough to hit home on every page.” (Lily Hiott-Millis, buzzfeed.com). It discusses terms such as drag queen, drag king, intersex, genderqueer, and transgender in a way that is accessible, nonjudgmental, and demystifying. This 90-page fully illustrated book is made to be enjoyed in one sitting as it follows the adventures of the main character Boston’s personal gender exploration. The GENDER book is the result of countless hours of research, more than 200 questionnaires, and dozens of one-on-one interviews with members of the communities depicted in the book. The result represents an agreement of many diverse community voices and a huge step forward in the world of gender education.
WHY BUY THE GENDER BOOK NOW?
The campaign will be open the month of December so backers may pre-order their copy (or five!) of the GENDER book. It is presently the only way to get a print version of the book. In order to get the highest quality offset printing and hardcover binding at a reasonable price, the creators needed a bulk order. They decided on Kickstarter to help their micropublishing efforts and to raise funds for the first run of 1,000 limited-edition copies. For those unfamiliar, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform that handles payments securely through amazon.com. It offers creatives and creators the resources to get their projects out into the world and into their backers’ hands.
For the last three years, the creators have been drawing, writing, and researching the GENDER book, and now it is in the public’s hands to bring the first edition to life. They want to tell the world, “We thank you in advance for your support buying the book and getting the word out!”