Today my husband and I went to two family barbeques. We even stopped at Tim Hortons on the way, which pretty much means this day was the most Canadian day we've ever had, potentially excluding that time I rode a moose. (It was a stuffed moose. The ride wasn't particularly exciting.)
While there, parents of children - which was everyone but us - were talking, naturally, about children, and one of the moms pointed out how the kids were playing with Barbies but had run out of Kens, so they decided that two of the Barbies would marry and adopt a baby and that would be fine.
"The Trouble with Billy," by Jeffrey Ricker
Speaking of the future of kids - this story is self-contained, but also a wee preview of the characters that will be central to his upcoming Young Adult book The Unwanted. In said story, Jamie is trying - truly trying - to just make it through school, day by day. That Billy - who seems relentlessly inspired to bully him constantly - is at the same school speaks to why this is such an uphill climb.
Getting into Jamie's head was far too easy. I've been him. I've lived through those days. And there are some phenomenal lines from Ricker here that perfectly capture the mindset of Jamie (and the everykid he represents). This story, part of Speaking Out!, is a perfect example of the anthology as a whole - LGBTQ youth tales from youth voices dealing with life the way it is for LGBTQ.