Unconditional Love: Stories of LGBTQ+ People and Our Emotional Bonds with Companion Animals

Honor our animal friends by telling stories of our valued relationships through narratives, photos, art and poetry

Call for Participation

Unconditional Love: Stories of LGBTQ+ People and Our Emotional Bonds with Companion Animals

Edited by Jude Patton and Margot Wilson

Our experiences with marginalization often affect our feelings of self-worth. While many people in our lives are unable (or unwilling) to provide the emotional support we need before, during and post-coming out, or transition, our companion animals never fail to see us as we truly are and never fail to express their unconditional love for us.  No wonder we love them and derive multiple benefits from our relationships with them. They are woven into the fabric of our lives. Unconditional Love is planned as an edited reader that tells the stories of how the unconditional love of (and for) our companion animals has supported, encouraged, confirmed, validated, endorsed and sanctioned our authentic selves. Our reading audience includes those in the LGBTQ+ community who have found sanctuary and validation in the love shared with our animal companions as well as those in the broader community who revel in the company of our non-human loved ones.

You are invited to write and submit your own story or

discuss it with Jude or Margot

We are happy to work with you to prepare your story for inclusion, including editorial support and suggestion or in-person or Skype interviews after which we will do the writing and you will have final approval.

Join us to share the unconditional love in your life

Contact Jude or Margot using the email form below

 Length of submission is negotiable

Extended Deadline December 15 2019