Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet’s book The Secret Wish of Dragon H is a book telling the story of Horus, a dragon who yearns for the wings he’s told only female dragons are allowed to have. Below, the author reflects on the inspiration for the story and how it can be useful as an introduction to issues of gender identity.
I have been a member of Westwood Unitarian Congregation in Edmonton, Alberta, for many years now. I’ve had the great privilege and honour for nearly five of those years of holding the role of Director of our Religious Education Program. In February of 2016, the theme was “Building Bridges of Transformation”. We’d been building all kinds of bridges since September (literal and metaphorical!), and it was becoming challenging to find children’s books on this theme. A trans woman was delivering the upcoming sermon, and I wanted to present a clear, related message to our children and the congregation that morning.