The HEDA Project (“Happy Endings: Deserved by All”)

The Boston Area Homeschoolers Queer-Straight Alliance have created a great initiative they’re calling The HEDA Project.

From their website:
The HEDA Project was founded by the Boston-Area Homeschoolers’ Queer-Straight Alliance (BAHS QSA) in 2016 during the epidemic of LGBT deaths on television. Our goal is to provide a safe, hopeful space for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth where they can hear and tell stories about people like them – stories that don’t end in tragedy. Our acronym, HEDA, was inspired by Commander Lexa (also known as Heda Leksa), a lesbian character killed off on The CW’s The 100. The acronym stands for “Happy Endings: Deserved by All”, which is the message we hope to deliver with this project.

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The works presented here have been submitted by LGBT teens and young adults who want to see themselves represented properly in the media. We have compiled short stories, poetry, art, and more here, and you can trust that every story you read here will have a happy ending. It can be so hard to find works of fiction that care about LGBT characters, as they are so often cast aside in the interest of “realism” and “drama,” but we here at The HEDA Project believe LGBT fans and viewers deserve better. The HEDA Project is intended to be a safe space where you can find media created by your peers, and where you don’t have to doubt that the LGBT characters will stay safe.”

 

These students have worked together to create a space where original stories can be showcased, information about why a project like this is needed, as well as some great book & media lists that promise happy endings for queer characters.  There are lists for gay characters, lesbian characters, bisexual characters, transgender characters, & intersex characters.  Happy reading!

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