The Bunny on the Hill
The initial draft for this book was written in October of 2020. Much of the world was still isolating as Covid-19 tore through the population. Here in the United States the social and political climate was... tenuous, especially for us queer folk, and even more especially for my trans brothers and sisters. I wouldn't feel the true weight of being a trans woman until some time in May of 2021; the time my spouse found out I had been transitioning since the prior year. The feelings of still hiding myself from everything and the anxiety over being accepted by society at large weigh on me today as they did back then but it felt differently. Hiding from everything and everyone except the select few people on social media with whom I interacted with was a different world. Different anxieities, different stressors, certainly a different kind of dysphoria. I'm not entirely sure why I wrote this book. Sometimes I think it's because I wish books like this had existed when I was a child. Maybe part of it is for parents and their children to have one more resource to help them understand the things their child may be going through. Maybe it is worth writing stories that are simple to understand and obvious in their application for trans and queer people of all ages.
Meet the Creators
Austerity Swift NissenfeldAuthor
Hi, you can call me Teri if you like. I was born in 1978 so by the time you're reading this I'll be 40 something years of age, even possibly in 2029 and beyond I'll still be 40 something. I started transitioning in April of 2020, right as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. I don't have any designs on being known as anything but a trans woman. I was an avid reader long ago; mostly enthralled by sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything by Zelazny or Pratchett. I've done most anything that needed doing at some point. I used to write stage scripts and direct a theater group. I've operated tv studios, reported on local and national sports, cooked at a diner. I write to get the words out. In this case the words were fewer but the weight of them feels a lot heavier.
Bethany and I had met on Twitter in the summer of 2021 at the time I had just finished the final draft of the book. She has been a joy to work with and has illustrated so many books I can hardly do her body of work any justice here. Click thru to her site and peruse her portfolio, it is more than worth a look.
Resources for queer children and adults
Trevor Project and Crisis Lines
The Trevor Project's 24/7/365 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or TrevorChat, their online instant messaging option, or TrevorText, a text-based support option. If you are looking for peer support, you can visit TrevorSpace from anywhere in the world.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) (advocacy)
- Transgender Law Center (TLC) (legal services and advocacy)
- Gender Proud (advocacy)
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) (legal services)
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) (legal services)
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) (advocacy)
- Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) (advocacy)
- Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) (advocacy)
- Black Trans Advocacy (advocacy)
- Trans Latina Coalition (advocacy)
- Gender Spectrum (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
- Gender Diversity (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
- Trans Youth Equality Federation (support for families and trans youth)
- Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) (support for families and trans youth)
- TransTech Social Enterprises (economic empowerment)
- SPART*A (advocacy for trans military service members)
- Transgender American Veterans Association (advocacy for trans veterans)
- TransAthlete.com (info about trans athletes)
- TransLife Center at Chicago House (support services)
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