Sarah Hagger‐Holt works for LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall and lives with her partner and two daughters in Hertfordshire. She is the author of two adult non‐fiction LGBTQ+ parenting books and has written for the i paper, the Huffington Post, and spoken on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about LGBTQ+ parenting. ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ was sparked by interviews that she carried out with trans parents and their children when researching her book ‘Pride and Joy: A guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents’, where she was struck by the contrast between their honest, complex stories and the ongoing, sensationalist media coverage of trans people’s lives.
Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. With everything she thought she knew hanging in the balance, Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy has always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what’s right?
A touchingly honest story about family life, tackling an important LGBTQ+ narrative told in a gentle and accessible voice that inspires discussion, understanding, and acceptance.
*Please note, there are sensitive themes in this story. It is advised that you read it before sharing it with your class.