Sassafras Lowrey is an author and journalist, known for hir books about dogs. Ze came out as genderqueer at 17, in the early 2000s. At that time ze was homeless "because of my first journalling attempts being discovered and outing me". Ze found a support community at a queer youth center in Portland, and as an adult, worked to help homeless youth hirself.
As a fiction author one of my main goals is to create queer stories for queer readers. For me this means writing a diverse representation of genderqueer/trans characters on the page. The characters in my novels unapologetically use a variety of pronouns. I’m equally committed to normalizing the presence of non-binary characters as I am to non-binary language in literature.
I think the best pieces of advice I can give to young/upcoming queer writers is to follow your heart and your gut and tell the stories that need telling, and the ones that maybe only you can tell. I think that as queer writers it’s really important that we take risks with our work.
For the last sixteen years, the people who I have called family, who I have spent holidays with, those who I have considered my real family, are other queer people. The kids I met in the months and years after running away, whose stories looked like mine and who made me believe there was a future not just for me, but for all of us. We raised each other, created homes together, built our own traditions, reshaping the definition of family. The people in my life I now consider family are not those I was born to, but those who have truly earned and enthusiastically claimed the honor.