Hi, I’m J. 👋🏻
I started this project to give away 21 queer books in 2021.
Queer stories have played a huge part in understanding and finding comfort in claiming my queer, trans identity. This project is an opportunity for me to read and share more queer stories, support queer authors, and patronize local independent bookstores.
In return for a book I ask recipients to share a story with me. At the end of the year I assemble these stories into a zine—zine participation is totally optional!
The story can be nearly anything you want to share!
It can be:
🌈 something personal
📚 someone else’s work that moved you (leave the copyright box unchecked)
🎨 original artwork (drop a link in the textbox)
🍳 what you had for breakfast
Hateful stories will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to:
Stories which reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, race, age, or religion.
Promoting or spreading disinformation, lies, or conspiracy theories against a person, group, organization, project, or community.
Sharing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission.
This is not the place to share explict or pornographic stories, or imagery.
Volume 2 will be what you make of it!
If you chose, you can grant permission for your story to be included in the TheirOpen.Page zine. All contributors will recieve a printed copy by mail.
Volume 1 of the zine is now available in open editions; both in print and for download. In exchange for a hard copy of the zine by mail, I ask that you share a queer book recommendation with me.
Paper size: 8.5" x 11" US Letter
Two-Sided: Short-Edge binding
Page Order: Reverse
The way my printer does two-sided printing, for me the “Reverse” setting causes the pages to curl inward, rather than out.
TheirOpen.Page Volume 1 by TheirOpen.Page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
In short, this means:
Credit contributors and TheirOpen.Page when sharing this work
Copies of this work must be non-commercial
Reproduce this zine in its entirety, without modification
Contributors retain original rights to their work
The 2022 books are some of my favourite reads over the past year.
Each book is queer in some way.
I am leaving it to you to look up additional information about each book, including relevant content notes.
I am only shipping within Canada and to the United States.
I can’t accept returns or exchanges, and I can’t guarantee shipping times.
This project is limited to what I can personally commit to doing myself. I am not looking to expand the project this year and I am not seeking financial support.
Check this list of other places you can give.
If you can afford to buy a book, don’t let that stop you from participating! I encourage you to shop additional books at your local independent book store.