Article Title

The Letter Q


Emma Patton


Excellent, Young Adult, gay; lesbian; bisexual; self-acceptance; coming out; race; creativity; hope; self-harm; suicide; trauma; resilience

Document Type

Book Review


If you had the chance to speak to your younger self, what would you say? This is the question that famous queer writers answer in letter form in The Letter Q. The writers have lived through the trauma of growing up queer and can see how life turns out on the other side. In these letters, each writer offers a piece of their story and their past while also conveying the message that it does get better. Though some writers use humor and others use strong emotion to convey that message, each possesses an admirable self-compassion and a desire to comfort and advise their former self. Ultimately, most writers share that their adulthood is filled with more passion, creativity, and confidence than they could have ever imagined. But they never would have been able to reach that point if they didn’t first endure some of their darkest and loneliest moments.