Prince And Farm Boy Fall In Love In 'Promised Land,' An LGBT Children's Book

"Once upon a time in a land not so far away; There was a place where no one cared if you were straight or gay..." are words taken from a new illustrated children's book that carries a gay positive message. 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, "Promised Land," an LGBT themed children's book, is now available for purchase. 

The book, written by Wellington, New Zealand authors, Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris, features illustrations by Christine Luiten.

In Promised Land, a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest and a growingfriendship between them blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the enchanted forest and the land the farm boy’s family are responsible for protecting.

When asked why they wanted to create the book, Chaz said:

"​When Adam first mentioned the concept, I was reminded of a story on the EllenDeGeneres show in 2008 about a gay teenager called Larry King who was shot by another boy in his class after he asked him to be his Valentine. At the time, I remembered feeling so helpless about how you could even begin to change the message so something like that would never happen again.

"I knew telling this kind of story was important because it was part of the answer to that question. Sadly, the need for it got reinforced with the tragic attack on our community in Orlando and the similar violence and intolerance we’ve seen during the fallout of the 2016 U.S. election. We’ve dedicated the book to the memory of ‘The Pulse 49’ because it happened right in the middle of us working on it."

Adam added:

"We wanted to create a story where the sexuality of the characters was not the focus and one where their relationship was not an issue. Our hope is that young people growing up and struggling with their sexuality can look at the characters in our book and see themselves represented. We also hope it may be able to contribute to early acceptance from young people ahead of the time when they may encounter LGBTQ classmates, friends or relatives later on in their lives."

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