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Books Rae Congdon’s picture book GAYBCs teaches LGBTQ+ terminology that anyone can understand

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A is for Ally, B is for Bisexual, C is for Cisgender. And so it goes in graphic designer Rae Congdon’s 26-letter-strong picture book, GAYBCs: A Queer Alphabet (Greystone Books).

Consider it a beginner’s guide to common LGBTQ+ terminology, although cheekily graffitied atop a children’s alphabet book and accompanied by pithy explanations. A was for Apple, B for Ball, C for Chick – and Q most certainly gets its moment in the spotlight.

Congdon’s motivation for the book is simple enough for a grade-schooler to understand (although the intended audience is most definitely not grade-schoolers): These are words as simple as your ABCs, and they should be part of our everyday vocabulary.

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If there are any heteronormative (or “Hat,” underneath Congdon’s edit) hesitations about the contents, perhaps one can be moved by charity. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to the Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian non-profit organization focused on aiding LGBTQ+ individuals around the world.

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