Gay, Christian children’s author to launch book in Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge News

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An author of LGBTQ children’s books is hosting a book launch based on the true story of how she struggled with her faith after finding out she was gay.

Stacey Chomiak has published two books this year, one of which is called Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming Of Age Story, which will launch in Maple Ridge on October 30.

The book, both illustrated and written by Chomiak, is about a little girl named Stacey who enjoys being a Christian and Bible camp every summer.

“And she talks to God like they’re old friends,” Chomiak wrote in the description.

Then one summer, she meets a girl who turns her life upside down and makes her question her feelings.

Stacey is terrified as she begins a journey to find out what it means to be gay and if it is possible to change.

During her journey, Stacey realizes that she must first love herself before she can discover happiness and joy.

Chomiak’s memoir for young adults tells the realistic story of his personal journey of grief, family conflict, trying to become an ex-gay, struggling with his faith, and ultimately finding love.

“I recognize that there is a big divide in this community with the religious and LGBTQ community, and my story makes peace with the two with a happy ending – which is rare,” Chomiak said.

“Honestly, I would like to have more positive conversations so that fewer people feel lonely, especially in such a difficult season for everyone,” said the author.

Chomiak works in the children’s animation industry and started working on My friendship with my little pony is magic. She is currently directing a series of short films for DreamWorks. She loves to use her artistic talents to advocate for the LGBTQ + Christian community.

The author moved with his family from Maple Ridge to Chilliwack last summer.

Chomiak launches her book on Saturday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Open Door Church, 11391 Dartford Street.

Free tickets are available for the in-person event on Eventbrite. There will be freebies, autographed books available and a gay question and answer period.

Capacity is limited and vaccine passports are required.

Chomiak will also launch her book at 7 pm on October 22 at St. George’s Anglican Church in Fort Langley; at 6:30 p.m. on November 20 at the Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters in Chilliwack; and there will be a book signing at 2 p.m. on November 6 at The Owl and the Cat Bookery in Chilliwack.

for more information on the author, visit staceychomiak.com.

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