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Gili Hirsch (user currently living in ISRAEL) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 09/08/2013 tagged with lgbt families, gender identity, laws and leadership
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Hello,

My name is Gili Estlin Hirsch, and I am a queer poet and writer. Two years ago, I started a movement called Apples, Etc., meant to bring better representation to the queer and LGBT population in the literary arts.

I have compiled and am publishing my first collection of poetry along with illustrator Alex Ogden. It is a depiction in a series of 50 poems and 25 illustrations of a love story between queer women. I hope that it raises awareness to the gross underrepresentation of queers in society and in arts in particular, and that it provides LGBTQ* folk with a an opportunity to see themselves represented, comforted, and reflected in and by art. Words have always been my biggest love and growing up, I couldn’t find quite the right story to see myself in. I am now aiming to change that experience for all LGBTQ* folk, and to create a love story that is wholly inclusive, non-stereotypical, and that is welcoming to anyone--without needing to bridge genders or pronouns, scour pages with false hope, or ever feel excluded from stories again. I hope that this will contribute to a culture where inclusion happens in all forms of art, so that everyone, truly, can have their own story. We're really trying to make this bold new step towards having love stories of same sex couples or lgbtq* couples be the norm.

I would be honoured if you could help raise awareness to this cause in any way through your wonderful organisation and its work. You can see poems, illustrations, a video, and purchase the book, here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anna-a-queer-love-story-in-poem/x/3858588

Thank you for fighting for a better, more inclusive world for all of us, and for giving room and inspiration to creators like me to do the same.

Thank you,
Gili Estlin Hirsch
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