LGBTQ children’s book offers sensitive lesson

Mar 6, 2018

A new LGBTQ children's book is helping teach young children about love and acceptance of others. "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart" is now in two local school districts Buffalo and Cheektowaga.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and his sister who inspired the book.

Jessica Lake Mason & Will Mason in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

"My mother, I would say bullied me. She was verbally abusive with me when I came out of the closet and that was deeply traumatic for my family," declared Jessica Lake Mason of East Amherst.

Jessica Lake Mason said when she was 16, she revealed she was gay, but it was a struggle.  Her younger brother Will Mason witnessed the difficulties. She was the inspiration to write "The Boy with the Rainbow Heart" and turn it into a teaching tool.  Jessica Mason still refers to her younger brother as "Billy".  

Jessica Lake Mason & Will Mason in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley