Lee’s Birthday Post!

Hi folks, Lee here!

It was my birthday this week, and I am so excited to see what the new year will bring. My 28th year brought me a better understanding of myself, lots of work on my mental and physical health, and so many more adventures- including the launch of The Tiny Activist!

I wanted to share with you my goals and intentions for the next year of my life, so without further ado, here we go!

2019: A Year of Opportunity!

  • Continue to Chase After Positivity– reframe & refocus
  • Take Time to Reflect– collect memories
  • Share Love & Compassion– spread joy
  • Sing and Dance Often– especially the robot

I also want to share with you a few of my all-time favorite books.

Are any of these on your bookshelf as well?

Image Description: Front cover of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

by Avi

#1 Baby dyke Lee LOVED this cover, for many reasons that¬†would not be revealed to me until I went to an all-women’s college.

#2 The book’s themes of finding your truth and living authentically were essential to me as a younger person, and are still affirming now that I’m older and (a little bit) wiser.¬†The discussion of class and gender identity are central to the plot of the story, and the radical ideals that Charlotte stands for inspires my activism to this day

#3 What only child living in the suburbs doesn’t want to be a pirate/sea captain?


from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea

Image Description: Front cover of from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea

Written by: Kai Cheng Thom

Illustrated by: Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching

When I first read this book, I didn’t understand why it made me cry. Standing inside Drawn and Quarterly on a trip to Montreal with my wife, I started tearing up. Months later, I finally figured it out, and I came out to my wife, family, friends and school as nonbinary. It was a journey, sometimes euphoric and sometimes exhausting. But, like Miu Lan, I knew that despite all of the struggles, I still had people in my corner who would say:

“whatever you dream of,¬†

I believe you can be,

from the stars in the sky

to the fish in the sea”

my own devicesMy Own Devices

by Dessa

#1 Dessa is my favorite rapper-no, not my favorite female rapper-that reductive business doesn’t belong anywhere.

#2 Her voice is one of a kind, whether she is singing, rapping, speaking or writing. I could listen to her talk for hours. I hope she starts a podcast (and calls me)

#3 Razor sharp wit and an eye for the devastating details make this book one for the favorites list.

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Aquarians-let’s change the world!



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