Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story
"Stacey Chomiak's tender prose captures the heartache of growing up gay in a disapproving Christian home, while her delightful illustrations convey the irrepressible of joy of ultimately finding peace and love." --Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys and You Brought Me the Ocean
The first book for young adults about the LGBTQ+ experience of coming of age in the conservative Christain faith, Still Stace is author and illustrator Stacey Chomiak's authentically quirky illustrated memoir of heartbreak, family conflict, trying to become ex-gay, wrestling with her faith, and finding love.
Is it possible to be gay and Christian?
Stacey loves being a Christian. Her best friends are also her church friends. Her favorite place on earth is Bible camp every summer. And she talks to God like they are old friends.
But one summer, she meets a girl who turns everything upside down. Is this feeling she has for her more than just friendship? Could it be a crush? Filled with dread, Stacey embarks on a journey to discover what it means to be gay, whether it is possible to change, and how to reconcile her identity with her faith. Will it even be possible?
In this young-adult illustrated memoir, Stacey Chomiak tells the true story of her teenage and young-adult years: of heartbreak, family conflict, trying to become ex-gay, wrestling with her faith, and finding love. Uncovering happiness and joy while surrounded by the loneliness of a world that actively excludes her seems insurmountable. Until she learns to love her full self. Then the possibility of being both gay and Christian seems not just possible, but the best answer of all.