Metro Trans* Umbrella Group
Love Me For Me
Children’s Literature for the Transgender Community
A University- Community Partnership
community, ADVOCACY, VISIBILITY, education.
In the Spring of 2013 members from the Metro-Saint Louis Transgender community and students from an applied anthropology class at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), under the direction of Dr. Aminata Cairo, joined forces to address the need for children’s literature in the Transgender community. With the support of the head children’s librarian of the Edwardsville public library, students engaged the Transgender community and collected data that was used to create 6 children’s stories. The stories are geared toward children ages 2 through 12. Sayer Johnson and Aminata Cairo submitted for an SIUE Meridian community grant and received funding to hire an illustrator to complement the stories. Upon completion of the stories, professor Kathryn Bentley of the SIUE Theater and Dance department joined the project and developed a “reader’s theater” presentation by students of the stories. The stories have been presented at several community venues in support of Transvisibility week 2013, including the NCCJ Leadership conference, Edwardsville Public Library, SIUE, Unitarian Universalist Church of Alton, and the LGBT Center in Saint Louis. The project continues with the ultimate goal of having the stories published in book form and made available to the Transgender community and the community at large through public libraries, book stores, and other public venues. To accomplish this goal we intend to start a kick starter campaign in the fall to raise the necessary funds. Currently we are accepting donations to help print the prototypes of the books that will be used to elicit more donations.
To contribute a tax deductible donation to this cause send it to SIUE Foundation, care of Cindy Scarsdale, SIUE Peck 3409, Edwardsville IL 62025. Please put #3805 Transgender Project in the memo and include the address to where your taxable donation letter can be sent.