Vivek Shraya

A solid yellow book cover with bold black text: “What I LOVE about being QUEER.”

What I LOVE about being QUEER

What I LOVE about being QUEER: One big question. Over 100 answers.

Featuring essays by Farzana Doctor (Six Metres of Pavement), Elisha Lim (100 Butches), and George Brown College pro­fes­sors Kathryn Payne & Marilyn McLean.

The What I LOVE about being QUEER project has been featured on The Advocate, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post,, CBC’s Metro Morning, the Shameless blog, Xtra!, Nightlife Magazine, and ELLE Magazine India.

Made in partnership with George Brown College Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Services. All proceeds will go to the GBC Positive Space Award for LGBTQ students demonstrating leadership in the classroom and community.

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Like the many people in this book, What I LOVE about being QUEER is wise, sexy, opinionated, tender, outrageous and fun. It’s a brilliant snapshot of queers and their glorious, radical diversity.

— Richard Fung (Dal Puri Diaspora)

There’s so much to love about What I LOVE about being QUEER! It’s about time a book like this exists—one that starts the conversation in a positive light.

— Zoe Whittall (Holding Still for as Long as Possible, Bottle Rocket Hearts)

Another unique and powerful offering from one of the LGBT community’s most original and gifted talents. Anything Shraya touches turns to gold.

— Susan G. Cole (NOW Magazine)

What I LOVE about being QUEER seeks to give queers the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be queer and why we are attached to and embrace the concept…

VUE Weekly

This book will challenge you to think about your own queerness in ways that might even make you feel a little uncomfortable.

FAB Magazine

A delightful new book… There are over 100 answers—which range from smart to witty to heartfelt, to outrageous and are printed in the subject’s original handwriting…

The Advocate

A coffee table book that should be mandatory in every Canadian’s household.

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A section of the What I LOVE about being QUEER poster, showing the film title and a photo mosaic of smiling faces.

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There are so many reasons to love being queer. We want to hear—and share—yours. Tell us in a sentence or two what you love about being queer, attach a photo of yourself, and we'll post it to the official WILABQ blog.