A NEW children’s book about a young boy coming out as gay to his dad has just been launched today, accompanied with a YouTube video of three real-life fathers reading the book.

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Written by Australian author and Star Observer magazine columnist Samuel Leighton-Dore, I Think I’m A Poof is reflective of the author’s personal experience of coming out to his progressive parents.

”I hope [I Think I’m A Poof] can help break down the stigma attached to gay men and their relationships with their fathers,” Leighton-Dore told the Star Observer.

The accompanying video of fathers of gay dads (scroll down to watch), including Leighton-Dore’s own dad Bruce, sees them reading the tale of acceptance (tinged with a comic tone) and challenges that gay men and women experience at some point in their life.

An excerpt from I Think I'm A Poof, by Samuel Leighton-Dore

An excerpt from ‘I Think I’m A Poof’, a children’s book by Samuel Leighton-Dore

“It’s my belief that our childhood exposure to stories is imperative to sculpting the ways we confront adversity later in life,” Leighton-Dore said.

“The importance of diverse childhood storytelling can’t be ignored. Even as adults, we’re constantly looking to find fragments of ourselves reflected in the fictitious heroes we’re surrounded by.

“An absence of diversity in these heroes is not only deeply disheartening, it can be detrimental to our early sense of belonging.”

The book is available to buy online, with the limited first edition print run individually numbered and signed by Leighton-Dore himself. Proceeds will also be donated to LGBTI youth organisation Twenty10 and QLife.

Watch the video for I Think I’m A Poof:

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