Dear younger (gay) Stace,
I wish you had known that you were already whole. You didn’t need fixing. Can we go back to those times I could hear your heart breaking? Can we try to heal together? Can I show you how, after the years of struggling with your faith and heart and believing you had to choose, you found something you didn’t know was possible: peace. But first, let’s go back to the beginning …
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.
"Insightful and inspiring." --Kirkus
"Highly recommend this book be read by everyone grappling with sexuality or faith, and also any Christian grappling with the idea that faith can be dictated by who a person loves. This important book provides hope for the future." --Kim?Childress, Book Editor, Girls' Life Magazine
"What a beautiful, vulnerable book! By telling her own coming-of-age story with honesty, heartbreak, joy, and whimsy, Stacey gives hope to every faithful LGBTQ+ kid who loves Jesus and yearns to find a path of both flourishing discipleship and love. What a gift." --Sarah Bessey, New York Times Bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer and Miracles and Other Reasonable Things
"Still Stace is a beautiful reminder that even in the midst of confusing and heartbreaking moments, God is present and near. For any teen struggling to figure out what God thinks of their sexuality, this book is a wise guide." --Matthias Roberts, host of Queerology podcast and author of Beyond Shame
"Still Stace is charming, accessible, and beautifully illustrated--but it isn't afraid to tackle the real challenges faced by so many LGBTQ Christians. For those with similar experiences, this story is a powerful reminder that they aren't alone and that there's hope on the horizon. For people of any orientation, this lesson in unconditional love is not to be missed." --Justin Lee, author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
"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
"Sweet, and heartfelt, I was cheering Stace on her journey to find acceptance from herself, her community, and her God on every page." --Robin Ha, creator of Almost American Girl
"A touching, honest, and, at times, painful story of a life on a journey toward seeing oneself as worthy of love, especially from ourselves, and as someone fearfully and wonderfully made." --Jonny Garza Villa, author of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun
"A book that every young person needs to read, Still Stace sheds an honest and vulnerable light on what it means to be both gay and Christian. This book will save lives." --Amber Cantorna, National Speaker, author of Unashamed and Refocusing My Family, and Host of the Unashamed Book Club
Stacey Chomiak is a children's book illustrator and artist in the animation industry who launched her career working on the beloved series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Chomiak loves to advocate and use her artistic talents for the LGBTQ+ Christian community. She lives with her family on the West Coast of Canada.