HEAling the World is one way for the romance community to work towards the happily-ever-after we want for our world. Every month for eighteen months, romance authors will share favorite charities or organizations.
Today B R Sanders is here to talk about the Transgender Law Center. Welcome, B!
The Transgender Law Center is a nonprofit focused on improving and protecting the lives of transgender people by leveraging the legal system. They provide legal resources to transgender individuals, information about legal rights to transgender people, and advocate for transgender rights in policy discussions across the country.
As both a transgender person and the parent of a transgender child, the work of this organization is near and dear to my heart. Federal protections for transgender people are not well-known, and not very robust. State-level protections for transgender people vary widely from state to state. When Trump was elected, the Transgender Law Center was there to help people all over the country connect with lawyers pro-bono to get name change and sex change documentation in place before Trump was sworn in. The Center’s areas of work range from employment protections to prison reform to transgender youth rights to immigration policy.
People can donate here. (You can make it a standing monthly donation by choosing “monthly” from the drop-down menu that appears after you enter your amount.)
The giveaway! I’m giving away a copy of my fantasy romance Ariah to the first five donors. Ariah was a 2015 Bisexual Book Of the Year (Speculative Fiction) and was on the 2015 Tiptree Award Long List!
Ariah’s magical training has been interrupted. Forced to rely on a mentor, Dirva, who is not who he claims to be, and a teacher who is foreign and powerful, Ariah is drawn into a culture wholly different from the elven one that raised him. As his friendship with Dirva’s brother blossoms into a surprising romance, and he slowly learns how to control the dangerous magic in his blood, life finally appears to be coming together for Ariah—but love and security are cut short by a tyrannical military empire bent on expanding its borders. War, betrayal, passion, and confusion follow Ariah as his perilous journey leads him beyond the walls of the Empire, and into unfamiliar territory within himself. Along the way, he’ll discover just how much he’s willing to give up to find his place in the world, and he’ll learn what it means to sacrifice himself for freedom—and for love.
You can learn more at my website!
Pronouns: they/them/their. B R Sanders is a genderqueer writer who lives and works in Denver, CO, with their family and two cats. B writes about queer elves, mostly, as featured in their two novels, Ariah and their debut novel Resistance, both of which are set in the same universe. They love drinking coffee and sleeping, but alas, drinking coffee makes it hard to sleep. B blogs at brsanderswrites.com and tweets at @B_R_Sanders.
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