Introduction to "It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility"

The word queer is a delightfully complicated beast. It refers to gender and sexuality, but that's not all it is; queerness is built from the weathered bricks of its own history and forever reshaped by everyone who touches it. It's about who we are, where we've been, where we are now and what it's taken to get here, how we see ourselves and direct others to see us... it's impossible to fully describe or define, and we wouldn't dream of trying. These stories aren't about what queerness is, what it has to be, or even what it will become — they're about queerness as it might be.

We decided to make this book in late summer of 2020, when life was flinging volleys of lemons in all directions. Everyone we knew was exhausted, anxious, and running low on optimism. It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility is our way of reaching out, spreading positivity, and reminding our queer family of what it feels like to be surrounded by love.

These stories are about identity, relationships, and community. They're about hope, acceptance, affirmation, and joy. And most of all, in a time when uncertainty feels inescapable and overwhelming, they're about taking one another by the hand and choosing together to embrace the unknown.

The possibilities are endless.

Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin