Friends of Dorothy - by Dee Michel (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dark Ink PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Dee MichelLanguage: English About the Book In Friends of Dorothy Dee Michel explains the enduring appeal of Oz for gay men and boys. The book also tackles the long-taboo topic of gay boys, examining their feelings about escaping to Oz, the characters they identify with, and the psychological and spiritual uses they make of stories set in Oz. Book Synopsis No it's not just Judy! Gay men love not only the MGM film but other stories set in Oz--the original books, more recent books with Oz themes and settings, and stage and screen productions like The Wiz. In Friends of Dorothy, based on interviews with more than one hundred gay Oz fans, Dee Michel explains the enduring appeal of Oz for gay men and boys. Interviewees include Gregory Maguire (Wicked), Robert Sabuda (the pop-up Wizard of Oz), and William Mann (Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn). The book also tackles the long-taboo topic of gay boys, examining their feelings about escaping to Oz, the characters they identify with, and the psychological and spiritual uses they make of stories set in Oz. The many voices in Friends of Dorothy, along with extensive research and analysis, provide a richly layered look at the allure of Oz, with insights into gay culture, gay psychology, and gay folklore.
Passions Between Women - by Emma Donoghue (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 362Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Policy PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Lesbian StudiesAuthor: Emma DonoghueLanguage: English Book Synopsis Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of confusion and contradiction: she could be put in a freak show as a 'hermaphrodite', denounced as a 'tribade' or 'lesbian', revered as a 'romantic friend', jailed as a 'female husband' or gossiped about as a 'woman-lover', 'tommy' or 'Sapphist'. Through an examination of a wealth of new medical, legal and erotic source material, together with re-readings of classics of English literature, Emma Donoghue uncovers the astonishing range of lesbian and bisexual identities described in British texts between 1668 and 1801. Female pirates and spiritual mentors, chambermaids and queens, poets and prostitutes, country idylls and whipping clubs all take their place in an intriguing panorama of lesbian lives and loves. 'Controversial, erotic and radical, Emma Donoghue's lesbian voyage of exploration outlines an astonishing spectrum of gender rebellion which creates a new map of eighteenth-century sexual territories and identities.' Patricia Duncker
Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults - by Finn V Gratton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 240Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Finn V GrattonLanguage: English About the Book By setting out strategies for creating more effective support based on the experiences of trans people on the spectrum, this guide offers tailored advice for professionals working with autistic trans clients. It covers issues such as difficulties talking about the body, undertaking and recovering from surgeries and social anxiety. Book Synopsis Providing advice on how professionals working with autistic trans youth and adults can tailor their practice to best serve their clients and how parents can support their trans autistic children, this book increases awareness of the large overlap between trans identities and autism. By including chapters on gender diversity basics, neuroqueer trauma and how to support neuroqueer individuals, this book sets out strategies for creating more effective support that takes into account the unique experiences of trans people on the spectrum. Written by a therapist who identifies as neuroqueer, this book is the perfect companion for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the experiences and needs of their trans autistic clients. Review Quotes Gratton opens readers' eyes and hearts to the experiences and realities of neuroqueer individuals. Brimming with practical resources and strategies, a true gem and essential reading for families and professionals willing to take action to make the world a more welcoming place for trans autistic youth and adults.--Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Ph.D., Department of Family Science and Social Work, Miami UniversityFor those new to the field and those who already know so much, you will all discover so much more to learn in Finn Gratton's brilliant and comprehensive book taking us on a journey alongside trans autistic people, in their everyday lives and in the offices of the professionals there to help them. Gratton reminds us throughout Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults that as we learn, it is the trans autistic people who will be our teachers in both their neuro- and gender diversity.--Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco Author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender MadeThis concise, appropriate, necessary book offers explanations, answers and research for understanding gender differences journeyed by autistic, neurodiverse individuals. I cannot stress enough the importance of this book!--Dr. Wenn Lawson (PhD), CPsych, BPSs, AFBPSs, MAPs About the Author Finn V. Gratton is a somatic psychotherapist specialising in trauma and transgender and autistic/neurodivergent issues. Finn also identifies as non-binary and autistic.
Butch Heroes - (Mit Press) by Ria Brodell (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Mit PressFormat: HardcoverPublisher: MIT PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Ria BrodellLanguage: English About the Book Portraits and texts recover lost queer history: the lives of people who didn't conform to gender norms, from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. Book Synopsis Portraits and texts recover lost queer history: the lives of people who didn't conform to gender norms, from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries."A serious--and seriously successful--queer history recovery project."--Publishers WeeklyKatherina Hetzeldorfer, tried "for a crime that didn't have a name" (same sex sexual relations) and sentenced to death by drowning in 1477; Charles aka Mary Hamilton, publicly whipped for impersonating a man in eighteenth-century England; Clara, aka "Big Ben," over whom two jealous women fought in 1926 New York: these are just three of the lives that the artist Ria Brodell has reclaimed for queer history in Butch Heroes. Brodell offers a series of twenty-eight portraits of forgotten but heroic figures, each accompanied by a brief biographical note. They are individuals who were assigned female at birth but whose gender presentation was more masculine than feminine, who did not want to enter into heterosexual marriage, and who often faced dire punishment for being themselves. Brodell's detailed and witty paintings are modeled on Catholic holy cards, slyly subverting a religious template. The portraits and the texts offer intriguing hints of lost lives: cats lounge in the background of domestic settings; one of the figures is said to have been employed variously as "a prophet, a soldier, or a textile worker"; another casually holds a lit cigarette. Brodell did extensive research for each portrait, piecing together a life from historical accounts, maps, journals, paintings, drawings, and photographs, finding the heroic in the forgotten. Review Quotes Visual artist Brodell delivers an ambitious and wonderfully celebratory ode to the lives of 28 people over many centuries 'assigned female at birth' who 'had documented relationships with women, and whose gender presentation was more masculine than feminine...This is a serious--and seriously successful--queer history recovery project.--Publishers Weekly--Butch Heroes is a fascinating, intersectional, feminist art-text project, and overall a rather wonderful reclamatory book of LGBT history that subvert and resonates in the human psyche. --The Advocate--The portraits give homage to contemporary ideas of queer ancestry, and in doing so give strength to trans and non-binary communities currently under attack. That makes Butch Heroes worth celebrating.--Into--Brodell has created a frank, compelling, sensitive, and celebratory compendium of gender-role pioneers, telling the stories and shining light into a corner of history that has long been in darkness.--Boston Globe--Brodell has created a frank, compelling, sensitive, and celebratory compendium of gender-role pioneers, telling the stories and shining light into a corner of history that has long been in darkness.--Boston Globe--Butch Heroes is beautifully designed.--PopMatters--These stories reveal the lives of gender non-conforming individuals from many eras in history who stayed true to themselves despite living under the narrowly defined rules and roles governing gender in their particular culture.--The Gay & Lesbian Review--A splendid and insightful collection.--Lavender--
Gay Gotham - by Donald Albrecht (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Skira RizzoliAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Donald AlbrechtLanguage: English About the Book Examines the countercultural artistic communities that sprang up in New York over the last hundred years. Starting with the bohemian era of the 1910s and 1920s, when the pansy craze drew voyeurs of all types to Greenwich Village and Harlem, the book winds through midcentury Broadway as well as Fire Island as it emerged as a hotbed, turns to the post-Stonewall, decade-long party that revolved around clubs like the Mineshaft and Studio 54, and continues all the way through the activist mobilization spurred by the AIDS crisis and the move toward acceptance at the century's close. Book Synopsis Uncovering the lost history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists in New York City. Queer people have always flocked to New York seeking freedom, forging close-knit groups for support and inspiration. Gay Gotham brings to life the countercultural artistic communities that sprang up over the last hundred years, a creative class whose radical ideas would determine much of modern culture. More than 200 images--both works of art, such as paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera--illuminate their personal bonds, scandal-provoking secrets at the time and many largely unknown to the public since. Starting with the bohemian era of the 1910s and 1920s, when the pansy craze drew voyeurs of all types to Greenwich Village and Harlem, the book winds through midcentury Broadway as well as Fire Island as it emerged as a hotbed, turns to the post-Stonewall, decade-long wild party that revolved around clubs like the Mineshaft and Studio 54, and continues all the way through the activist mobilization spurred by the AIDS crisis and the move toward acceptance at the century's close. Throughout, readers encounter famous figures, from James Baldwin and Mae West to Leonard Bernstein, and discover lesser-known ones, such as Harmony Hammond, Greer Lankton, and Richard Bruce Nugent. Surprising relationships emerge: Andy Warhol and Mercedes de Acosta, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton, George Platt Lynes and Gertrude Stein. By peeling back the overlapping layers of this cultural network that thrived despite its illicitness, this groundbreaking publication reveals a whole new side of the history of New York and celebrates the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression. Review Quotes . . . awash in photographs while encompassing a great deal of the cultural contributions of New York City's nonstraight denizens.--The New York Times As Gay Gotham admirably documents, in 20th-century New York pioneering gay and lesbian artists had to cultivate networks of patrons, mentors, peers, and lovers to find needed validation and support. The result was not just a thriving underground culture in the city, but an outpouring of art, literature, dance, theater, music, and design that changed the cultural landscape of New York and beyond.--Gay And Lesbian Review This intimate look inside a century of gay counterculture is riveting...--Metrosource NY A book that not only celebrates a vibrant and sometimes heartbreaking movement and city, but also encapsulates it for future generations--Indulge Magazine This volume is a visual extravaganza of rare photographs and art from the gay undergrounds; it rescues and explores GLBTQueer history that has been summarily erased or ignored but is nonetheless an indelible part of New York's arts and cultural heritage.--New York Journal of Books It includes more than 350 images, illustrations and background essays on the social and cultural themes of the LGBT artistic underground, as well as portraits of the show's iconic artistic figures.--Reviews by Amos Lassen About the Author Donald Albrecht is the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York and the author of many books, including Cecil Beaton: The New York Years.
Beyond Shame - by Patrick Moore (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 264Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Patrick MooreLanguage: English Book Synopsis The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex. Lifting the'veil of AIDS, ' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade. Review Quotes Moore offers a provocative defense of gay male sex culture in the 1970s as well as a jeremiad on the AIDS holocaust of the 1980s . . . As a detailed examination of the ways in which rage gives depth to art, Moore's book has no peer in recent memory.-Publishers Weekly Patrick Moore's point of departure is as refreshing as it is daring . . . [This] slim polemic retains its unorthodox urgency, calling gay men to return to the sexual vanguard.--Kai Wright, -Out Essential reading for anyone seeking an imaginative interpretation of recent gay history.-Library Journal A provocative, wistful book . . . Moore's yearning is touching and his politics refreshingly incautious-a romantic affection for the entirely unromantic. --Austin Bunn, The Advocate This quietly personal book reclaims the past for young gay men and makes it useable.--Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story About the Author Patrick Moore has worked extensively on gay issues as both an activist and a writer. The author of two novels, This Every Night and Iowa, he was the founding director of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS in New York City. Moore currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and is developing projects for film and television.
Cures - 10th Edition by Martin Duberman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 336Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Basic BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Martin DubermanLanguage: English About the Book For this anniversary edition, Duberman has written a new Preface chapter and an Afterword, bringing his life (and, more broadly, the gay experience in America today) up to date, discussing such issues as gay rights, same-sex marriage, gay scholarship, and AIDS. Book Synopsis This is the tenth anniversary edition of Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey, Martin Duberman's classic memoir of growing up gay in pre-Stonewall America. The tale of his desperate struggle to cure himself of his homosexuality through psychotherapy is utterly frank and deeply moving. But Cures is more than one man's story; it's the vivid, witty account of a generation, of changing times, shifting social attitudes, and the rising tide of protest against received wisdom. For this tenth anniversary edition, Duberman has written a substantial new afterword that updates both his personal history and the ongoing struggle for a more just society. About the Author Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York and Founding Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.
The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven - by Jo Clifford (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 120Genre: DramaSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Stewed Rhubarb PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jo CliffordLanguage: English About the Book A revolutionary queer play which reimagines Biblical stories with a transgender Jesus. This unique book brings together the script with the story of its remarkable impact, resilience and enduring relevance as told by the family of artists and activists who made it happen. Book Synopsis A revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk, and Biblical stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus.Ten years on from this groundbreaking play's explosive premiere at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, this unique book brings together the script with the story of its remarkable impact, resilience and enduring relevance as told by the family of artists and activists who made it happen. Review Quotes As trans women we are connected to each other ... our stories converge whilst at the same time our lives may wildly vary. That Queen Jesus can ring true in such different environments is testament to the universality of this work and I hope many more of my trans sisters get to share bread with her in years to come - Emma FranklandOne of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history - Joyce McMillan, The ScotsmanA humane, mischievous and loving solo show - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
I'm Afraid of Men - by Vivek Shraya (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin Books CanadaAge Range: AdultAuthor: Vivek ShrayaLanguage: English About the Book "A powerful meditation on the damaging effects of masculinity from a trans girl--a writer with celebrated indie roots and a knack for dismantling assumptions and challenging the status quo. Toxic masculinity takes many insidious forms, from misogyny and sexual harassment to homophobia, transphobia, and bullying. Vivek Shraya has firsthand experience with nearly all of them. As a boy, Vivek exhibited "feminine" qualities. The men in her life immediately and violently disapproved. They taught her to fear the word girl by turning it into a weapon used to hurt her. They taught her to hate her femininity, to destroy the best parts of herself. In order to survive, Vivek had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As a girl, she's still afraid. Having spent years undoing the damage and salvaging her lost girlhood, she is haunted by the violence of men, seldom dressing the way she wants in public. As a result she is often still perceived as male, stirring feelings of guilt and self-doubt: Am I not feminine enough? Is this my fault for striving to be the perfect man and excelling at it? I'm Afraid of Men is a culmination of the years Vivek spent observing men and creating her own version of manhood. Through deeply personal reflection, she offers a rare and multifaceted perspective on gender and a hopeful reimagining of masculinity at a time when it's needed more than ever"-- Book Synopsis Named a Best Book by: The Globe and Mail, Indigo, Out Magazine, Audible, CBC, Apple, Quill & Quire, Kirkus Reviews, Brooklyn Public Library, Writers' Trust of Canada, Autostraddle, Bitch, and BookRiot. Finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, Transgender NonfictionNominated for the 2019 Forest of Reading Evergreen AwardWinner of the 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design - Prose Non-Fiction Cultural rocket fuel. --Vanity Fair Emotional and painful but also layered with humour, I'm Afraid of Men will widen your lens on gender and challenge you to do better. This challenge is a necessary one--one we must all take up. It is a gift to dive into Vivek's heart and mind. --Rupi Kaur, bestselling author of The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl--and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century. Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she's endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak. Now, with raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I'm Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid. Review Quotes Finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, Transgender NonfictionWinner of the 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design - Prose Non-Fiction Named a Best Book by: The Globe and Mail, Indigo, Out Magazine, Audible, CBC, Apple, Quill & Quire, Kirkus Reviews, Brooklyn Public Library, Writers' Trust of Canada, Autostraddle, Bitch, and BookRiot. "Vivek Shraya transforms her long-festering fears of men into cultural rocket fuel ... Shraya's dispatches from the frontlines of life as a queer, trans woman of color are frequently illuminating, painfully honest, and, in spite of everything, hopeful."--Vanity Fair "Emotional and painful but also layered with humour, I'm Afraid of Men will widen your lens on gender and challenge you to do better. This challenge is a necessary one--one we must all take up. It is a gift to dive into Vivek's heart and mind."--Rupi Kaur, bestselling author of The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey "Brilliant, funny, and deeply vulnerable, Shraya's I'm Afraid of Men is both a moving memoir and a rallying cry for a better future. Her insights on the myriad ways the binary oppresses and denigrates are invaluable and resonant. I adore this book." --Jill Soloway"In I'm Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya owns and exposes her own history with masculinity and offers a way out of this harmful and old-fashioned binary we call gender. My head nodded along quietly in agreement any time I wasn't wiping away rising tides of tears. Vivek Shraya is a superior voice, and this book is essential reading for everyone."--Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara "Vivek Shraya's writing is always empathetic but challenging, kind but sharp, and I'm Afraid of Men forces you to confront what you think you know about masculinity, privilege, and fear. Reading Shraya's writing will make you a better person, through and through."--Scaachi Koul, author of One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter"Shraya crafts each of her memories in prose made poetic with touches of metaphor. She writes with honesty and vulnerability, all the while asking challenging and personal questions that inspire deeper reflection. This crucial addition to shelves offers the vital and often ignored perspective of a trans woman of color. A book to carry with you."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Anyone who has ever looked behind them when walking at night, avoided eye contact with strangers or wiped off a lipstick for being too bold--so, all of us--should read this mini-manifesto."--Elle Canada "A gift and a hell of a book--beautiful, intimate, insightful, and essential."--Jesse Wente, NOW Magazine "Viscerally powerful ... creating tectonic fissures into antiquated beliefs around gender identity."--Toronto Star About the Author VIVEK SHRAYA is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her bestselling book I'm Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as cultural rocket fuel, and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. The founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books, Shraya is a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She's currently adapting her debut play, How to Fail As a Popstar, into a television pilot script with the support of CBC.
Transgender Profiles - by Linda Defruscio-Robinson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 282Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Brown Books PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Linda Defruscio-RobinsonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Transgender Profiles: Time for a Change is an inspirational volume from Linda DeFruscio about the courage it takes to become the person you have always felt you were inside - to shirk off the mask that you have worn for your whole life until this moment. As an electrologist, Linda sees clients every day who are in the process of transitioning to a different gender, and she is there to help them in their journey of self-expression and the claiming of their identity. Filled with twenty unique stories of bravery from all different walks of life, this book is a tribute to all the courageous people who take their identity in their own hands and go forth to find the body that fits the soul and mind within. For those considering transitioning, for those looking for perspective and guidance in supporting loved ones, or for those who are curious and want to understand the struggles and triumphs of transgender individuals, Transgender Profiles is an invaluable resource.
Homophobia - by Warren J Blumenfeld (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 318Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Warren J BlumenfeldLanguage: English Book Synopsis The hatred of lesbians, gay males, and bisexuals remains an "acceptable" prejudice in our society despite the widespread damage it causes in all our lives. Inviting sexual minorities and heterosexual men and women to become allies in the fight against homophobia, the contributors to this anthology explore how homophobia colludes with sexism by forcing people into rigid gender roles; how homophobia causes unnecessary pain and alienation in family relationships; how it works against health-care policy and arts administration that would benefit all members of society; and how homophobia leaves the promise of religious institutions unfulfilled. In both personal and analytical essays, the contributors show how the fight to end homophobia is everyone's fight if we are to bring about a less oppressive and more productive society. They offer concrete suggestions for transforming attitudes, behaviors, and institutions. Review Quotes 'This invaluable collection of essays makes forcefully clear that homophobia stunts the hater even as it oppresses the hated. In a country like ours, so intolerant of differentness, there can be no more important message.'--Martin Duberman About the Author Warren Blumenfield is a writer and gay activist who frequently conducts antihomophobia workshops in schools, businesses, and other institutions. He is also the coauthor of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life.
Out of the Shadows - by Walt Odets (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 368Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Picador USAAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Walt OdetsLanguage: English Book Synopsis A moving exploration of how gay men construct their identities, fight to be themselves, and live authentically It goes without saying that even today, it's not easy to be gay in America. While young gay men often come out more readily, even those from the most progressive of backgrounds still struggle with the legacy of early-life stigma and a deficit of self-acceptance, which can fuel doubt, regret, and, at worst, self-loathing. And this is to say nothing of the ongoing trauma wrought by AIDS, which is all too often relegated to history. Drawing on his work as a clinical psychologist during and in the aftermath of the epidemic, Walt Odets reflects on what it means to survive and figure out a way to live in a new, uncompromising future, both for the men who endured the upheaval of those years and for the younger men who have come of age since then, at a time when an HIV epidemic is still ravaging the gay community, especially among the most marginalized. Through moving stories--of friends and patients, and his own--Odets considers how experiences early in life launch men on trajectories aimed at futures that are not authentically theirs. He writes to help reconstruct how we think about gay life by considering everything from the misleading idea of "the homosexual," to the diversity and richness of gay relationships, to the historical role of stigma and shame and the significance of youth and of aging. Crawling out from under the trauma of destructive early-life experience and the two epidemics, and into a century of shifting social values, provides an opportunity to explore possibilities rather than live with limitations imposed by others. Though it is drawn from decades of private practice, activism, and life in the gay community, Odets's work achieves remarkable universality. At its core, Out of the Shadows is driven by his belief that it is time that we act based on who we are and not who others are or who they would want us to be. We--particularly the young--must construct our own paths through life. Out of the Shadows is a necessary, impassioned argument for how and why we must all take hold of our futures. Review Quotes [Odets's] writing is poignant and achingly beautiful--so much so, in fact, that I occasionally had to put the book down to avoid weeping on the subway. There's sadness in Odets's life story, but there's mostly resilience, tenderness and a willingness to fashion an unapologetic gay life, sometimes against all odds. (The exquisitely told story of Odets's longtime friend and lover, who fled a trailer he shared with a brutally homophobic family and built a life bursting with meaning and intimacy, is the most compelling story of gay self-actualization I've ever encountered.) --Benoit Denizet-Lewis, The New York Times Book Review "Odets' trifecta of social commentary, memoir and therapeutic analysis is an astute statement on how to overcome trauma, loss and isolation to live a proud, self-actualized and fulfilling existence as a gay man . . . The final two chapters in which he describes the long road to coming out and his deep love for his lifelong companion, Matthias, and Matthias' partner, Hank, are some of the most on-point and beautifully written thoughts on love, acceptance and family I've read in some time." --Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle [A] fascinating exploration of gay male lives . . . Odets's warm and lyrical voice, his inspiring picture of how imaginative gay life can be, has sent me queuing for the couch. I have a feeling that many other readers will follow. --Marcus Field, London Evening Standard A book full of heart . . . Impressively sound and based on a wealth of research and experience. --Steven Cordova, Lambda Literary "[A] soaring combination of social critique, memoir, and manifesto . . . [Odets's] discussions of gay men's sexual expression and relationships are frank, compassionate, and open-minded . . . Odets's greatest strengths are his moving prose and ability to make the psychological material accessible and as fascinating and thought-provoking as the poignant stories. Gay men will find much to ponder here, but any reader can find meaning in this extraordinary, stirring invitation to re-examine assumptions about what it means to be gay and to have a good life." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An insightful and thought-provoking book . . . A luminous humanity shines through, never more so than in the final chapter, the author's highly empathetic, memorable story of the three men he has loved. --Michael Cart, Booklist "[Walt Odets's] writing is perceptive and honest . . . This is an encouraging and deeply compelling study of how gay men can build meaningful identities." --Kirkus Reviews About the Author Walt Odets is a clinical psychologist and writer. He is the author of In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS, and has also contributed chapters to seven anthologies about the lives of gay men. He lives in Berkeley, where he has practiced psychology since 1987.
The Party's Over - by David J Cooper (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 74Genre: DramaSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Draft2digitalAge Range: AdultAuthor: David J CooperLanguage: English Book Synopsis AIDS can strike anyone and is not a gay disease as many people think.....David decides to make a new life in Mexico. While he's there he makes friends with two young Mexicans. They both come from very different backgrounds - one is a country lad, the other is a male stripper from the city.However they have something in common - AIDS.When David discovers that they are both infected, he remains loyal, giving them as much support as he can.The country boy follows his doctor's orders but the stripper turns his back on his condition and turns to drugs and male prostitution.This affects David's own health and he ends up in hospital.This is a true story and tells of how AIDS affects families and close friends of the victim.Buy The Party's Over today and find out if you are going through the same turmoil.
Strangers - by Graham Robb (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 370Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Graham RobbLanguage: English About the Book A fresh examination of this forbidden history shows the profound effects of gay culture on modern life. Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. Book Synopsis The nineteenth century was a golden age for those people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America. Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the encrypted homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes himself (with glances forward in time to Batman and J. Edgar Hoover). Finally, Strangers addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion: Why were homosexuals created with feelings that the Creator supposedly condemns? This is a landmark work, full of tolerant wisdom, fresh research, and surprises. Review Quotes "A work of enormous value.... Robb makes some startling and bold findings."
Gender - (What Everyone Needs to Know) by Laura Erickson-Schroth & Benjamin Davis (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesSeries Title: What Everyone Needs to KnowFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Oxford University Press, USAAge Range: AdultAuthor: Laura Erickson-Schroth & Benjamin DavisLanguage: English About the Book "Gender is all around us. Beliefs about gender impact our jobs, families, schools, religions, laws, politics, relationships, sports, clothes, and so much more. Gender permeates almost every aspect of our lives as humans. Although this book is part of a series called "What Everyone Needs to Know," it would be impossible to cover everything known about gender in one book, and, since gender is something we all have in common and at the same time all experience differently, a consensus on the "most important" parts of gender differs based on personal experience and interest. In this book we've tried to give you the highlights, so that you can dig deeper on your own if you hit a topic that's interesting to you"-- Book Synopsis The term gender was first distinguished from sex in the 1950s, when psychologists began to discuss the idea of gender roles--behaviors and responsibilities given to people by a society rather than flowing from their biology. Over the last two decades, transgender people have expanded our understanding of gender even further, introducing to the mainstream the concept of gender identity, an individual's understanding of their own gender. Along the way, there have been numerous debates and controversies (i.e., what is the influence of biology on gender, how does the media impact gender and gender roles, and do transgender people reinforce gender stereotypes or help to free us from them?). In an easy-to-read format that includes questions and short responses, Gender: What Everyone Needs to KnowR guides the reader through basic definitions; the history of gender as a concept; the role of biology, psychology, and culture on gender; and gender norms over time and across the globe. About the Author Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatrist working with LGBTQ people in New York City. She is the editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, an award-winning resource guide written by and for transgender people. She is a former board member of the New York County Psychiatric Society, the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. She has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and On Point, and was named to Out's OUT100 in 2014. Benjamin Davis, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a psychotherapist and art therapist in New York City specializing in working with queer and trans individuals, couples, and families. In addition to private practice, Benjamin is a faculty member at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Developement, and co-editor of Art Therapy Practices for Resilient Youth: A Strengths-Based Approach to At-Promise Children and Adolescents.
Trans Love - by Freiya Benson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 296Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Freiya BensonLanguage: English About the Book Covering all types of love, including spiritual love, self-love and friendship, this intimate, deeply passionate and radical book reclaims what love means to trans people. Book Synopsis Selected as a 2019 LGBT Book of the Year by Dazed and Ms. MagazineA ground-breaking anthology of writing on the topic of love, written by trans and non-binary people who share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of love in all its guises. The collection spans familial, romantic, spiritual and self-love as well as friendships and ally love, to provide a broad and honest understanding of how trans people navigate love and relationships, and what love means to them.Reclaiming what love means to trans people, this book provokes conversations that are not reflected in what is presently written, moving the narrative around trans identities away from sensationalism. At once intimate and radical, and both humorous and poignant, this book is for anyone who has loved, who is in love, and who is looking for love. Review Quotes Trans Love makes for poignant, page-turning reading.--DAZEDFrom learning how to love yourself to falling for a soulmate, the concept of love can be daunting for a trans person. Trans Love gives a beautiful insight into the hearts and souls of what love means for trans and non-binary people today.--Sarah Savage, author of Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl and co-founder of Trans Pride BrightonTo consider a trans person's entitlement to love and be loved might feel like a radical step, for to go there is to acknowledge both the humanity of trans folk and, furthermore, wider society's capacity to discern and value it. If you think you could never love a trans person or they have no right to love you then prepare to be shaken.--Christine Burns MBE, Author and Transgender ActivistAffirming and authentic, trans stories told by trans people.--Charlie Craggs, author of To My Trans Sisters About the Author Freiya Benson is a trans woman and an experienced writer, and has written for magazines and websites, including the Huffington Post, and Vice.
On Being Different - (Penguin Classics) by Merle Miller (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 74Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Penguin ClassicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Penguin GroupAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Merle MillerLanguage: English Book Synopsis The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in America--available again only from Penguin Classics and with a new foreword by Dan Savage Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller's On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote a poignant essay for the New York Times Magazine entitled "What It Means To Be a Homosexual" in response to a homophobic article published in Harper's Magazine. Described as "the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade," it carried the seed that would blossom into On Being Different--one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Review Quotes "Forty years after Miller's article and book his eloquent voice is still poignant, still relevant to the ongoing struggle, our struggle for dignity and equal rights." -- Jonathan Ned Katz, Founder, Co-Director, OutHistory.org "Forty years later, the story Miller tells remains important and necessary to read, not only for both gay and straight readers to understand 'the way it used to be, ' but because the issues Miller raised are still being discussed and argued about." -- Nancy Pearl "Merle Miller's On Being Different is a searing indictment of social hypocrisy, written with a quite but burning passion... This book is not only a valuable historical document about the gay civil rights movement, but it is an American classic because of the beauty it achieves through its unflinchingly honest portrayal of the raw pain of rejection." -- David Carter, author Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution "Without indulging in sensationalism or special pleading but making it clear that he was writing directly from his own experience, [Miller] bridged the gap between the 'straights' and the 'gays' in a way that few recent writers on the subject have done. He also put himself on the line as a well-known writer, who was not afraid to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality." -- Publishers Weekly "Brilliant, moving, and one is obliged to add, courageous narrative of personal homosexuality." -- James A. Wechsler, columnist About the Author Merle Miller (1919-1986) was an editor at Harper's Magazine, Time, and the Nation, and was the bestselling author of several books, including the novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound and Plain Speaking, a biography of President Harry Truman. Dan Savage is the internationally syndicated columnist of "Savage Love" and the author of several books. With his husband Terry Miller, he cofounded the It Gets Better project and edited the It Gets Better collection.Charles Kaiser is an author, journalist, and blogger. His books include 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He lives in New York City.
Fun Home - by Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 78Genre: DramaSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Samuel French, Inc.Age Range: AdultAuthor: Jeanine Tesori & Lisa KronLanguage: English About the Book "Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel." Book Synopsis WINNER! Best Musical - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!WINNER! BEST MUSICAL - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance AwardFINALIST! The Pulitzer Prize for DramaWhen her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Whipping Girl - 2nd Edition by Julia Serano (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 432Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Seal Press (CA)Age Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Julia SeranoLanguage: English About the Book "In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations -- both pre- and post-transition -- to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole. Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this "feminine" weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity -- in all of its wondrous forms."--provided by Amazon.com Book Synopsis In this updated second edition, biologist and trans woman Julia Serano reveals a unique perspective on femininity, masculinity, and gender identity.In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations-both pre- and post-transition-to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.Serano's well-honed arguments and reputation as a thought-leader stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this feminine weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity-in all of its wondrous forms. Review Quotes Advance praise for the second edition of Whipping Girl "It's official: Whipping Girl is a 21st century feminist classic. It's also a gift to a culture (still) struggling to face its own misogyny. Serano's writing is clear, gracious, and incredibly illuminating." --Jennifer Baumgardner "Serano's thinking continues to challenge and delight--Whipping Girl is a foundational text that will prove to be timeless." --Jessica Valenti "Having only just come out as Transgender, I was taken by a friend to a bookstore and told to buy Whipping Girl immediately. As I read, the revelation dawned on me that experiencing my gender could be full of self-empowerment and liberation as opposed to the fear and shame I had already spent a lifetime living with. Not only was this book a light in the dark for someone jumping head-first into transition, it also served as an essential tool to pass on to family and friends to help them to better understand what it means to be Trans. I'm forever thankful for this book and its author." --Laura Jane Grace"Julia Serano is the wise, acerbic brain at the center of the transgender movement. The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies; this new edition updates that work as well as providing a compelling new preface that reflects the movement's enormous progress as well as the progress that remains to be made. Julia Serano is more than a brilliant writer and theorist; she's also a tremendously compassionate, humane woman whose work has enlarged the lives of all her readers. Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant."--Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author of She's Not There, and Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University "Julia Serano did not invent transfeminism, but she's done more to promote its ideas and demonstrate its necessity than any other writer. Her analysis of the misogyny at the root of transphobia is vital. This book should be taught in every introduction to gender and women's studies class in the country--read it, teach it, learn from it, and act on it." --Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History and Director, University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies ----- Praise for the first edition: "Seminal." --Variety"Serano takes to task those who categorize "femininity" as artificial rather than a natural gender expression. Her convincing analysis and personal revelations challenge us to recognize our own sexist notions."--Ms. Magazine "Julia Serano offers a perspective sorely needed, but up until now rarely heard." --Bitch Magazine "An absorbing and essential achievement in both theory and biography." --Washington City Paper "Whipping Girl critiques media depictions of trans people, dismantles science's longtime characterization of transsexuality as pathology, and offers a whip-smart vision of a world that celebrates sexual difference." --AlterNet "Julia Serano is a careful and astute critic of the ways that trans women have been stereotyped and dismissed in popular culture, feminism, and psychology, and she repeatedly surprised me with her razor-sharp observations of the pervasive hatred of trans women and all differently gendered people. This is an important text for gender studies classes, as well as for therapists, journalists, and anybody who'd like to keep updated as a sex radical." --Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism About the Author Julia Serano is a highly regarded writer and thinker on the subjects of gender, feminism, and LGBTQ issues. She is best known for her book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which garnered rave reviews -- the Advocate placed it on their list of Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books, and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time. Julia's writings have also appeared in numerous anthologies; in feminist, queer, and progressive magazines and websites (including Bitch Magazine, Out, AlterNet.org, Ms. Magazine blog, and Feministing.com); and are regularly used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer studies, psychology, and human sexuality courses in colleges across North America. Julia's background as a writer, performer, activist, and biologist (she has a PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University) makes her a unique voice on the subjects of gender and sexism. She has the rare gift of being able to present complex ideas from feminism and gender/queer theory, and to interweave them with her personal experiences as a bisexual trans woman, in a clear, compelling, and entertaining manner.
Out for Good - by Dudley Clendinen & Adam Nagourney (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 720Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Simon & SchusterAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Dudley Clendinen & Adam NagourneyLanguage: English Book Synopsis The definitive account of the gay rights movement, Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney's Out for Good is comprehensive, authoritative, and excellently written. This is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969, at the Stonewall riots in New York, through 1988, when the gay rights movement was eclipsed by the more urgent demands of AIDS activists, this is the remarkable and--until now--untold story of how a largely invisible population of men and women banded together to create their place in America's culture and government. Told through the voices of gay activists and their opponents, filled with dozens of colorful characters, Out for Good traces the emergence of gay rights movements in cities across the country and their transformation into a national force that changed the face of America forever. Out for Good is the unforgettable chronicle of an important--and nearly lost--chapter in American history. Review Quotes Doris Kearns Goodwin Out for Good is the monumental story, told with exquisite writing, vivid detail, and a grand narrative sweep, of one of the most important movements of the twentieth century.Doug Ireland The Philadelphia Inquirer Clendinen and Nagourney have performed a valuable service for all of those who weren't around during most of the thirty years of painful but joyous struggle.Jonathan Rauch Los Angeles Times Book Review The story...is told with political acumen, reportorial vividness, and narrative flair. [Out for Good] is a remarkable accomplishment.Shane Harrison The Atlanta Journal-Constitution What Clendinen and Nagourney have created is an invaluable document, impressively researched, remarkably well written, and groundbreaking in scope. About the Author Dudley Clendinen (1944-2012) wrote for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He was the editor of a book of essays, The Prevailing South; author of A Place Called Canterbury; and author of the text of a book of photographs, Homeless in America. Adam Nagourney has been a reporter for The New York Times since 1996. He served as the newspaper's chief political correspondent from 2002 to 2010, and is currently the chief of its Los Angeles Bureau. He lives in Los Angeles.
A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: Gay Edition - by Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 61Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Cider Mill PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Sharon Gilchrest O'NeillLanguage: English Book Synopsis A long and happy committed relationship can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in life--but it doesn't always come easily. Couples can become bored, tired, frustrated, or led astray from one another. Marriage and family therapist Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill has developed a guide of inspiring and simple, yet effective suggestions, to help couples grow together and stay connected through the inevitable storms they must weather. This is a perfect gift for a wedding or commitment ceremony. Edge on the Net in their review says: All in all, A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: Gay Edition is cute and straight to the point. After reading it, I felt like I was at the end of a counseling session and my therapist was telling my spouse and I things we could do to improve our floundering relationship. While the advice is nothing profound, she offers fun tips to bear in mind while in a committed relationship. The book is relevant for all long-term relationships even if marriage is not a possibility or desire. About the Author Sharon Gilchrest O'Neill, Ed.S., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has always been obsessed with how and why relationships last. She has worked for over 30 years, both in private practice and the corporate setting, helping her clients to examine assumptions, think creatively, and build upon strengths. O'Neill holds three degrees in psychology, is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT, and maintains a private practice in Westchester County, New York. She is often called on as an expert by a variety of print/online publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.
Pride - by Matthew Todd (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Weldon OwenAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Matthew ToddLanguage: English Book Synopsis For 50 years, people have flocked to San Francisco for the annual Pride Parade, a beloved event that serves as a celebration and demonstration for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Pride explores the history of the LGBTQ movement including events such as Stonewall and the global explosion in Pride Parades, and is a comprehensive account of the ongoing challenges facing the LGBTQ community. Pride documents the milestones in the fight for equality, from the victories of early activists, to the gradual acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in politics, sports, and the media and the landmark court cases that helped to ban discrimination, permit marriage, and help in the fight for equality. Includes personal testimonies from: Travis Alabanza, Bisi Alimi, Georgina Beyer, Jonathan Blake, Deborah Brin, Maureen Duffy, David Furnish, Nan Goldin, Asifa Lahore, Paris Lees, Lewis Oakley, Reverend Troy Perry, Darryl Pinckney, Jake Shears, Judy Shepard, and Will Young. About the Author Matthew Todd was editor of Attitude magazine from 2008 to 2016. His first book, Straight Jacket, was shortlisted for the Polari Prize 2017 and was voted winner of the Boyz LGBT Book of the Year Award. His play, Blowing Whistles, has been performed in the UK, Australia, and the United States. He was named Editor of the Year 2011 and 2015 by the British Society of Magazine Editors and Stonewall Journalist.
The Burning Library - (Vintage International) by Edmund White (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 416Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Vintage InternationalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: VintageAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Edmund WhiteLanguage: English About the Book Along with his groundbreaking essays that redefine politics, language, identity, and friendship in the light of gay experience and desire, this magisterial collection of 25 years of White's nonfiction writings includes dazzling subversive appreciations of cultural icons as diverse as Truman Capote and Cormac McCarthy, Robert Mapplethorpe and the singer formerly known as Prince. About the Author Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1940. His fiction includes the autobiographical trilogy A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony, as well as Caracole, Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, and Skinned Alive, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography of Jean Genet, a short study of Proust, a travel book about gay America--States of Desire--and Our Paris. He is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and teaches at Princeton University. He lives in New York City.
All Of My Friends Are Rich - by Michael Sarais (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 354Genre: DramaSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Cloudy Day PublishingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Michael SaraisLanguage: English Book Synopsis Orphan Leo Cotton has finally built a family, but the advent of bipolar depression wakes him from this dreamlife to reveal dark truths about the man he'd married.One year later, Leo is lost. Embarrassed by a dead-end job that barely pays the bills, he can't help but notice that those around him are all enjoying success. When his closest friend, Sara, asks him to be her best man, Leo reaches the last straw: how can he possibly afford these lavish festivities on his wages? A Grindr chance encounter reveals that a shortcut to riches does exist . . . but in the end, this reckless route may cost him the loved-ones he aims to impress and welcome terrible danger . . .Leo's trip will take him afar, but answers lie only within. Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic sex scenes, alcohol and substance abuse and mentions of mental health issues.
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Openly Bob - by Bob Smith (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PaperbacksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Bob SmithLanguage: English About the Book Acclaimed comedian Bob Smith candidly and humorously tackles issues facing grown-up gays as they make their place in an overwhelmingly straight society. Book Synopsis As an openly gay comic, Bob Smith broke barriers with an appearance on The Tonight Show. Now Smith offers up his own original, whine-free perspective on being grown up and gay.In OPENLY BOB, the acclaimed comedian candidly, and humorously, tackles issues facing grown-up gays as they make their place in an overwhelmingly straight society. From bringing your boyfriend home to your father's funeral, to being the only gay couple at a family wedding, to surviving couples counseling, Smith's decidedly wry spin on the events of our lives resonates with keen observation and hilarious truth.So Mom says to me on the phone, 'Just because you're coming home for your father's funeral doesn't mean we can't have fun!'Sex education, meteor showers, lesbian ventriloquist dummies, fleamarket shopping, body piercing, pot -smoking drag queens, environmental correctness, Judgment Day, Samuel Beckett, Newt Gingrich, Coco Chanel, Sigmund Freud--nothing and no one escapes Smith's incisive eye in this very human collection of comic essays. From the Back Cover In Openly Bob, Bob Smith offers his own original, whine-free perspective on being grown up and gay. From bringing your boyfriend home to your father's funeral, to being the only gay couple at a family wedding, to surviving couples counseling, Smith's unique point of view on the very ordinary events of our lives resonates with keen observation and hilarious truth. Sex education, meteor showers, lesbian ventriloquist dummies, flea-market shopping, body piercing, pot-smoking drag queens, environmental correctness, Judgment Day, Samuel Beckett, Newt Gingrich, Coco Chanel, Sigmund Freud - nothing and no one has been spared Bob Smith's incisive eye in this very human collection of comic essays - from a writer who knows how to serve up a truly fresh slice of American pie. Review Quotes "Bob Smith is a real writer...a trusty and tart guide, and as you'd suspect, a master of the one-line observation...But what readers, gay and straight, will really appreciate are the direct approach and the eye for detail that make this book a touchingly personal document. Smith brings a sensibility and a sensitivity that make this one of the most rewarding gay books of the year." --Lambda Book Report"Hilarious."--Entertainment Weekly."Emotionally powerful, obviously honest...a true heart and a very funny one as well." --San Francisco Chronicle"OPENLY BOB is a dazzlingly funny, semiautobiographical, hardcover one-man show."--Paper"Bob Smith is that rare phenomenon: a hilarious gentile. OPENLY BOB is his wickedly funny diary...Not only is this book entertaining and touching, but it also includes perhaps the finest Lucille Ball anecdote of our time." --Paul Rudnick
The Trans Partner Handbook - by Jo Green (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 184Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jo GreenLanguage: English About the Book A detailed step-by-step look at the different stages of transitioning for partners of trans people. With personal reflections from over 15 trans partners in healthy and successful relationships, this insightful guide provides practical advice for those supporting a partner as they transition. Book Synopsis Individuals who transition from one gender to another are often in some degree of a relationship, and over 55% of these relationships endure through the transition process. While more resources are emerging for trans people themselves, there is very little information available for their partners. Through first-hand accounts and vignettes of successful partnerships, this book presents detailed descriptions of everything involved in the transition process, with specific guidance for those supporting a partner in transition. Topics include disclosure, mental health, coming out, loss and grief, sex and sexuality and the legal, medical and social practicalities of transitioning. In this essential guide, people whose partners are across the transgender spectrum speak out on their own experiences with personal advice and support for others. Review Quotes The Trans Partner Handbook is just that - a step-by-step guide for how to approach a partner transitioning. Jo Green addresses this topic with sincerity, honesty, and openness, weaving together their experiences with those of other partners of trans people to paint a picture of the breadth of challenges and joys a partner's transition can bring.--Laura Erickson-Schroth, author of Trans Bodies, Trans SelvesThe Trans Partner Handbook provides a wealth of information and ideas, to become more fluent with the terminology and lingo used when discussing trans matters. When you transition, everyone around you does too. It's a time of adjustment for all. This book is absolutely jam-packed full of information on the topic of being trans, particularly for those at the start of their transition.--Fox Fisher, Trans activist and author of Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?The essential topics in this handbook offer critical information that trans partners can use throughout their partner's transition.--D.M. Maynard, Author and Educator About the Author Jo Green is the partner of a trans woman and runs Distinction - an online support group for partners of trans people: www.distinctionsupport.org
Breaking Out II - by Kevin Alderson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 482Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Insomniac PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Kevin AldersonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Following on the heels of the first edition, Breaking Out II expands its coverage by including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. While some societies have become more tolerant and accepting of sexual and gender diversity, LGBTI people continue to suffer psychological damage caused by growing up in largely heterosexist, homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic milieus. How can LGBTI individuals learn to love themselves when many or most of the signals society sends out denigrate their very being? Dr. Kevin Alderson has developed a method of building a positive LGBTI identity based on extensive research and the best of what we know about self-help psychology.
The Hub of the Gay Universe - by Russ Lopez (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 354Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Shawmut Peninsula PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Russ LopezLanguage: English About the Book The country's most historic city and most fabulous resort finally get the history book they deserve! Book Synopsis This LGBTQ history of Boston and Provincetown begins with the coming of Europeans to Massachusetts in 1620 and ends with the victory over the referendum to overturn transgender rights in 2018. It includes the many high points of these four hundred years: the torrid romances of nineteenth century actress Charlotte Cushman, the glamorous nightlife of 1950s Boston, the wild times of 1970s Provincetown, and the great outpouring of happiness that accompanied the country's first same-sex marriages. And it describes the tragedies: murders of trans women and gay men, the terrible waves of repression of the 1920s, and the devastation of the AIDS years. It documents how LGBTQ people have been present in the region at least since the coming of Europeans and how LGBTQ people had developed a political consciousness and were advocating for their rights well over a century before Stonewall. This is an important book for anyone who has lived in or visited this historic city and fabulous resort or anyone who cares about the history of LGBTQ people.
Transgressive - by Rachel Anne Williams (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Rachel Anne WilliamsLanguage: English About the Book A provocative exploration of issues relating to gender, feminism, philosophy and trans-identities, written from a trans-feminist perspective. It empowers readers, raises awareness and breaks down misconceptions about trans identities, covering issues such as women's male privilege, radical feminism and being trans enough. Book Synopsis How do I know I am trans? Is trans feminism real feminism? What is there to say about trans women's male privilege? This collection of insightful, pithy and passionately argued think pieces from a trans-feminist perspective explores issues surrounding gender, feminism and philosophy and challenges misconceptions about trans identities. The book confronts contentious debates in gender studies to alleviate ongoing tension between feminism and trans women. Split into six sections, this collection covers wider issues, as well as autobiographical experiences, designed to stimulate the reader and encourage them to actively participate. Review Quotes Williams's terrific work breaking down academic concepts into understandable language and clear, concrete ideas will be a boon to both newbies to and veterans of the trans experience and issues.--Publishers WeeklyWilliams writes with exceptional clarity and candor about some intellectually and emotionally difficult subjects, and somehow she manages to do so in a voice that is equal parts confident and modest. It would be hard to exaggerate how much I learned from this remarkable collection of essays.--Christopher Heath Wellman, Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. LouisRachel Williams' Transgressive should be required reading for human beings. Her skillful interweaving of autobiography and theory not only radically improves our understanding of sex and gender, but also manifests kindness and wisdom on every page. I have never been as entertained by something so fundamentally helpful.--Jon Cogburn, Louisiana State University Department of Philosophy, author of Garcian Meditations and (with Mark Silcox) Philosophy Through Video GamesTaking unerring aim at the patriarchal transphobia that saturates our lives, Williams' piercing insights and vivid personal accounts capture the heartbreak and the hope of existing in this world as a transgender human being.--Zinnia Jones, creator of Gender Analysis About the Author Rachel Anne Williams is a trans woman who runs the popular blog www.transphilosopher.com. She has 5000+ Twitter followers and 1000+ YouTube subscribers and has written for publications such as Medium. She previously worked in academia as a philosopher, and is based in the US.
Gay New York - by George Chauncey (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 512Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Basic BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: George ChaunceyLanguage: English About the Book Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called "monumental" (Washington Post), "unassailable" (Boston Globe), "brilliant" (Nation), and "a first-rate book of history" (New York Times), Gay New York forever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond. Book Synopsis The award-winning, field-defining history of gay life in New York City in the early to mid-20th century Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called monumental (Washington Post), unassailable (Boston Globe), brilliant (The Nation), and a first-rate book of history (The New York Times), Gay New Yorkforever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond. Review Quotes A brilliant ethnographic analysis.--The NationA brilliantly researched gift of history...unassailable.--Boston GlobeA first-rate book of history...about all urban life, telling us as much about the heterosexual world as about the homosexual one.--New York TimesA stunning contribution not only to gay history, but to the study of urban life, class, gender--and heterosexuality.--KirkusChauncey's genius is the way he combines real lives and theory...a sharp and readable analysis of the way boundaries between 'normal' and 'abnormal' men bent and blurred in the early parts of the century.--OutEven if you are not a devotee of theory or history, you will want to read Gay New York for its profusion of anecdotal detail--its coordinates of a Gay Atlantis, a buried city of Everard Baths, Harlem drag balls, and Vaseline alley. Chauncey has found evidence of a gay world whose complexity and cohesion no previous historian dared to imagine.--Wayne Koestenbaum, Los Angeles TimesGay New York isn't just the definitive history of gays in New York from 1890 through 1940; it's also a wonderful account of the metropolitan character of modern gayness itself.--L.A. Times It's the fun, more than anything--the pleasure, the parties, the high jinks, the sex, and, yes, the love that gay men bear one another--that shines through so brightly...[a book of] erudition, discernment, sympathy, and wit.--New York ObserverMonumental...a vital achievement in redefining and reassessing gay history.--Washington PostOne of the most fascinating works of American social history I've ever read.--Frank Rich, New York TimesThe impact made by this richly textured study is powerful.--Publisher's Weekly About the Author George Chauncey is professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the distinguished Turner and Curti Awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award. He testified as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination at the 1993 trial of Colorado's Amendment Two, which resulted in the Supreme Court's Romer v. Evans decision that antigay rights referenda were unconstitutional, and he was the principal author of the Historians' Amicus Brief, which weighed heavily in the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives and works in Chicago.
Cultural Awareness in Therapy with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Adults and Older People - by Tavi Hawn (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Tavi HawnLanguage: English About the Book Practical advice for therapists and other professionals on developing culturally sensitive practices with trans clients regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, including older trans people. Includes case studies, tips, self-assessment checklists and further resources. Review Quotes This book is essential reading for anyone, cis or trans, who works or wants to work therapeutically with trans, gender expansive and/or Two Spirit clients. The author covers transgender care across the lifespan within an anti-racist, intersectional framework. I know I will recommend this book to all my supervisees and to anyone interested in transgender care!"--Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, LMFT, SEP, CST, co-author of 'How To Understand Your Gender' and 'Life Isn't Binary'
Stand by Me - by Jim Downs (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Basic BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jim DownsLanguage: English Book Synopsis From a prominent young historian, the untold story of the rich variety of gay life in America in the 1970s Despite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph -- both political and sexual -- before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems inherent in the so-called gay lifestyle. In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets. Drawing on a vast trove of untapped records at LGBT community centers in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together -- as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues -- to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life. As Downs shows, gay people found one another in the Metropolitan Community Church, a nationwide gay religious group; in the pages of the Body Politic, a newspaper that encouraged its readers to think of their sexuality as a political identity; at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore, the hub of gay literary life in New York City; and at theaters putting on Gay American History, a play that brought to the surface the enduring problem of gay oppression. These and many other achievements would be largely forgotten after the arrival in the early 1980s of HIV/AIDS, which allowed critics to claim that sex was the defining feature of gay liberation. This reductive narrative set back the cause of gay rights and has shaped the identities of gay people for decades. An essential act of historical recovery, Stand by Me shines a bright light on a triumphant moment, and will transform how we think about gay life in America from the 1970s into the present day. Review Quotes Stand by Me brings the 1970s back to life, not as it is imagined to be, but as it actually was. In compelling prose, Jim Downs has recovered the stories of heroic individuals who risked much to come out, to build community, and to fight for social justice. Some of these episodes are tragic and some inspiring. All of them deserve to be remembered.--John D'Emilio, author of Intimate MattersStand by Me includes massacre and tragedy; its opening chapter is an emotional rehashing of the 1973 arson attack--the most lethal cartnearing of gay people in American history until the June 12 massacre at Orlando's Pulse club--took the lives of 32 men during a religious service.... The passages that grab you most...address the 'usable past, ' which Downs defines as the facets of history that provide gay people with 'legitimacy, meaning, and, most of all, a genealogy to their plight.' And his passion is infectious.--Public BooksStand By Me is a laudable, thoroughly researched corrective to the prevalent idea of gay people in the 1970s as uninvolved, unengaged sex-crazed hedonists.--A & U MagazineStand By Me is not duplicative of other accounts. It is to our movement an equivalent to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.--Lambda LiteraryA valuable addition to LGBT and social-change collections.--BooklistDowns capably blends authority and warmth in this thoughtful reexamination of an era.--Boston GlobeDowns has an instinct for historically relevant stories and he tells them well.... In the chapter 'Prison Sounds, ' Downs offers similarly invigorating detective work, digging up aspects of LGBT activism that have eluded most historians.--Boston ReviewDowns infuses great passion and intent in every paragraph, striving to the raise the level of discourse even as he's tossing outmoded ideas aside left and right. This is history as it should be told, as complex and as personal as possible.--Manhattan Book ReviewDowns makes a good case for us to remember that the zeal for liberation in the '70s was deeply and directly informed by feminist politics, and thus was only ever in part, primarily or even strongly, about sexual liberation.... [A] diverting book with considerable virtues.--Gay & Lesbian ReviewFrom the ashes of a horrific fire that engulfed a gay church in New Orleans in 1973, Jim Downs has rescued the history of gay men in the decade after the Stonewall uprising. As this beautiful, and at times haunting, book makes clear, gay men in this period forged intellectually vibrant, spiritually rich, and nourishing communities that not only sustained them through some harrowing and heartwarming times, but that also grew more powerful as the twentieth century became the twenty-first.--Heather Ann Thompson, University of MichiganIn sparking, often moving, prose, Jim Downs rewrites the history of the gay liberation movement in the 1970s. This is an important contribution not only to the history of that struggle but to our understanding of the afterlife of the upheavals of the 1960s.--Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery TrialIntelligent and thought-provoking.--Kirkus ReviewsThe sheer act of Downs' acknowledging that not all gay men subscribed to the popular 'three Big Bs' of the time--'the Bars, Beaches, and Baths'--and found their identity validated and articulated through the communal practices of Christian worship and cultural hubs (like the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop) is a refreshing and invigorating experience. Stand By Me proves a deeply moving read, one that passionately and urgently argues for us to acknowledge some of the forgotten history of gay liberation.--San Francisco ChronicleThis book is informative, sometimes horrifying, interesting and, unlike your old high school history books, it's never dry.--Washington Blade About the Author Jim Downs, is a Mellon New Directions Fellow at Harvard University and an associate professor of history at Connecticut College. The author of the critically acclaimed Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction, he has also written for Time, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times, among other publications. Downs lives in Cambridge, MA.
Pride: A Celebration in Quotes - by Caitlyn McNeill (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: SterlingAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Caitlyn McNeillLanguage: English About the Book To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade, this book offers inspiring words of wisdom on loving yourself as you truly are. These thoughtfully selected quotations are the perfect way to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first Pride parade. Taken from throughout history and from a variety of voices, they celebrate everything the LGBT community has achieved, looking at inclusivity across the board and reminding us that love is one of the world's greatest powers. Book Synopsis To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade, this book offers inspiring words of wisdom on loving yourself as you truly are. These thoughtfully selected quotations are the perfect way to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first Pride parade. Taken from throughout history and from a variety of voices, they celebrate everything the LGBT community has achieved, looking at inclusivity across the board and reminding us that love is one of the world's greatest powers. Quotes include: "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths--that all of us are created equal--is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall." --Barack Obama "I've never been interested in being invisible and erased." --Laverne Cox "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality; What Did You Do During the Second Wave, Daddy? - (Cultural Media Studies) by D Travers Scott
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Cultural Media StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Peter Lang PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: D Travers ScottLanguage: English About the Book "What did gay men do in women's liberation-and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-70s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. Suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history"-- Book Synopsis What did gay men do in women's liberation-and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-1970s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. This book is suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history. About the Author D. Travers Scott, Associate Professor of Communication at Clemson University, authored Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. His work on sexuality and gender has appeared in many scholarly journals, three books of fiction, and over 100 popular articles, book chapters, and media appearances.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex - by Jay Kyle Petersen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jay Kyle PetersenLanguage: English About the Book Intersex is a commonly misunderstood natural human variation, and this book covers a wide breadth of topics on the subject in both a comprehensive and accessible way. It includes information on what intersex is, its range of variations, and practical strategies for supporting intersex people. Ideal for both professionals and general readers. Book Synopsis This comprehensive yet accessible resource provides readers with everything they need to know about intersex - people who are born with any range of sex characteristics that might not fit typical binary notions about male and female bodies. Covering a wide variety of topics in an easy-to-read way, the book explores what intersex is, what it is not, a detailed overview of its 40 or so different variations, historical and social aspects of intersex and medical intervention, along with practical, proven advice on how professionals can help and support intersex people. Written by an intersex man with over 65 years of first-hand experience, this book is an ideal introduction for any medical, health and social care professional or student, as well as family members and friends, seeking to improve their practice and knowledge. Review Quotes If you think "hermaphrodite" is appropriate language, you need to read this book! If you know the correct word is "intersex," you still need to read this book! While designed to orient professional care givers in all matters intersex, A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex offers vital information for all of us. Violence has been perpetrated upon those with intersex markers for centuries. In more recent times, this violence has taken the form of selective infant cosmetic genital alteration leading to lives full of trauma and needless shame. It is time for us to understand and respect the natural variations in sex characteristics and stop diagnosing and "correcting" them. If you read only one book on intersex, make sure it's A Comprehensive Guide to Intersex by Jay Kyle Petersen.--Sister Mary Deborah Giles, SND, LPCCJay Petersen has written an important simple, clear, and practical guide for the layperson and professional alike regarding the inborn biological condition called intersex. There is no better guide available for all members of society to accompany intersex persons in supporting their resilience, mental well-being, physical health, and spiritual journey across a wide range of cultures, groups and individuals. This book will help prevent mistakes that have caused so much pain, misunderstanding, and trauma to intersexed persons as they claim their gifts, unique perspectives on the human condition and equal rights in society.--Rev. Thomas Picton, C.Ss.R., Pastoral Psychotherapist and Spiritual DirectorI recommend this very book to anyone who would like to learn more about supporting intersex individuals. It addresses topics not only for medical and mental health professionals, but also for parents, family members, social workers, and anyone in general who wishes to learn more. It includes a personal perspective, as well as diverse cultural information that offers unique insight into the lives of people who are diagnosed intersex. There are so many resources for further education too! Get your copy today!--Amy D'Arpino, BSW, parent, social worker, cultural competency specialistIntersex is no longer a condition lurking as an obscure definition on the periphery of Medicine. As Jay Petersen's extensive work shows, it is a real part of everyday life for REAL PEOPLE. Our bodies can't help impacting how we interact with the world. They are the starting point for humans to learn what we must become in several aspects of our lives --emotional, psychological, social-- and Jay's book provides more than a quick introduction to Intersex. His work is thorough, thoughtful, and thought- provoking. He describes clinical aspects of Intersex, but also illuminates more personal nuances through individual accounts and examples. It is a "must read" for health care professionals.--Clare McCarthy, MD, FACEPWriting on variations in sex characteristics has been long dominated by medical lenses, which can often be dehumanising and even harmful. By contrast, Jay Kyle Petersen's book contributes a worthy new guide to the burgeoning field of Intersex Studies: positioning people who actually experience intersex variations - their experiences and self-determination - in the foreground. Peterson leads this book with personal experience before diving into definitions, variations and key controversies in Intersex Studies today. Information is provided for a range of professional engagements and letter templates are included. This will be a highly useful, valued guide for those seeking key information, from a critical perspective.--Tiffany Jones, Macquarie University, author of Intersex: Stories and Statistics from AustraliaI highly recommend this book; it has a lot of good information and a lot of great research has gone into it. It will be a wonderful addition for professionals in their work with intersex/non-binary individuals who seek help.--Dana Zzyym, intersex activist and associate director of Intersex Campaign for Equality About the Author Jay Kyle Petersen, MSW is an intersex writer, artist, activist and trainer, who has been running Intersex training workshops since 2015. Jay is based in Tucson, Arizona.
Homintern - by Gregory Woods (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 440Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Yale University PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Gregory WoodsLanguage: English Book Synopsis Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBTQ Studies category: a landmark account of the seismic changes brought to twentieth-century culture by gay and lesbian networks "An avalanche of stories, ribald gossip, and lengthy asides . . . collectively confirm the book's central thesis: gay culture, or at least gays and lesbians, did indeed liberate the modern world."--Booklist In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity. Woods shines a revealing light on the diverse, informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields. Uneasily called "the Homintern" (an echo of Lenin's "Comintern") by those suspicious of an international homosexual conspiracy, such networks connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. While providing some defense against dominant heterosexual exclusion, the grouping brought solidarity, celebrated talent, and, in doing so, invigorated the majority culture. Woods introduces an enormous cast of gifted and extraordinary characters, most of them operating with surprising openness; but also explores such issues as artistic influence, the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination. Traveling from Harlem in the 1910s to 1920s Paris, 1930s Berlin, 1950s New York and beyond, this sharply observed, warm-spirited book presents a surpassing portrait of twentieth-century gay culture and the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history. Review Quotes "Homintern shines a fascinating spotlight on the diverse and informal networks of people who made up the gay communities worldwide which helped to shape art in its many forms over the decades, involving poets, dancers, actors, artists, designers, composers, politicians and spies. . . . This is a book which throws unreasonable prejudice in the trash can where it belongs, clears up misleading myths about gay people, and should be on the reading list of every fresher starting a university degree."--Richard Edmonds, Hiskind--Richard Edmonds "Hiskind" (6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM)"A well-researched, compelling study of how countless gay men have affected, influenced, and restructured the cultural climate for more than a hundred years. . . . An information-heavy book that provides a wonderful resource for those interested in learning about the rise of gay poetics at the onset of the twentieth century."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review-- "Kirkus Reviews""Woods is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide."--Caleb Crain, The Guardian--Caleb Crain "Guardian" (5/7/2016 12:00:00 AM)"Delicious, satisfying reading. Even readers knowledgeable about post-Oscar Wilde gay culture are unlikely to read more than a paragraph or two without learning something they did not know, and I cheerfully confess that my most frequent margin note was '!!!' . . . The range and depth of Woods' scholarship are remarkable, but the power of Homintern owes as much to the unabated vitality of his writing."--Tim Pfaff, Bay Area Reporter--Tim Pfaff "Bay Area Reporter""Gregory Woods' Homintern is not just a first-rate work of literary and historical scholarship but a deeply moving narrative in its own right. In its global reach, it has no precedent, yet Woods never sacrifices intimacy for grandeur. In the future I have no doubt that scholars and readers will look to this as an essential text, one of those rare books that make other books possible."--David Leavitt, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer--David Leavitt"Without letting the purveyors of clichés about cliquish homosexuals off the hook, this lively history turns those stereotypes on their heads, taking seriously the queer networks that were central to modernism. Richly literary and attentive to networks of both men and women, Homintern also has a wide geographical range. Russian, Scandinavian and South American texts are thoughtfully integrated with accounts of New York, London, Berlin, Paris and their Mediterranean outposts. Gregory Woods writes with an insider's flair, but does not sugarcoat the histories he tells. Frank about self-destructive behavior, he is also sensitive to divisions among sexual minorities along lines of ideology, class and generation."--Christopher Reed, author of Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas--Christopher Reed"Woods is a born storyteller, and he tells the story of the interlocking, international gay and lesbian networks in an unflaggingly lively way. This is a book that needs to be published."--David Bergman, author of The Violet Hour and Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris--David Bergman"Woods regales the reader with an avalanche of stories, ribald gossip, and lengthy asides that collectively confirm the book's central thesis: gay culture, or at least gays and lesbians, did indeed liberate the modern world."--Brian Kenney, Booklist--Brian Kenney "Booklist""Woods' history of the 'homintern' is in turn hilarious and horrifying... documents shocking levels of persecution. Homophobia was pervasive and vicious... But this is not a gloomy book. Woods lovingly presents a range of gloriously outrageous gay and lesbian individuals and couples."--Joanna Bourke, BBC History--Joanna Bourke "BBC History Magazine" (4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBTQ Studies category.--Lambda Literary Awards "Lambda Literary Foundation" (3/16/2017 12:00:00 AM) About the Author Gregory Woods was appointed to Britain's first chair in Gay and Lesbian Studies by Nottingham Trent University in 1998. He lives in Nottingham, UK.
Lgbtq Cincinnati - by Ken Schneck (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)Age Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Ken SchneckLanguage: English Book Synopsis Cincinnati's LGBTQ history is a study in riveting contradictions. Seen as one of the more conservative cities in Ohio, Cincinnati is also the home of the first Pride march in the entire state. A strong move to censor the LGBTQ-related art of Robert Mapplethorpe at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center resulted in a nationally publicized trial where freedom of expression emerged victorious in the face of those who zealously sought to suppress the LGBTQ community's voice. The passage of Issue 3 in 1993 epitomized the tenet that minority rights should never be up for majority vote, while the repeal of Article XII eleven years later displayed the sheer power of mobilization. Through protests, celebrations, and demonstrations of unadulterated pride, Cincinnati has proven itself over and over again as a community of individuals trying to make the Queen City live up to its royal--and decidedly LGBTQ--name.
Black on Both Sides - 3rd Edition by C Riley Snorton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: University of Minnesota PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: C Riley SnortonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association 2018 Winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association 2018 Winner of an American Library Association Stonewall Honor 2018 Winner of Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction 2018 Winner of the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies The story of Christine Jorgensen, America's first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives--ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence.Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials--early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films--Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable. In tracing the twinned genealogies of blackness and transness, Snorton follows multiple trajectories, from the medical experiments conducted on enslaved black women by J. Marion Sims, the "father of American gynecology," to the negation of blackness that makes transnormativity possible.Revealing instances of personal sovereignty among blacks living in the antebellum North that were mapped in terms of "cross dressing" and canonical black literary works that express black men's access to the "female within," Black on Both Sides concludes with a reading of the fate of Phillip DeVine, who was murdered alongside Brandon Teena in 1993, a fact omitted from the film Boys Don't Cry out of narrative convenience. Reconstructing these theoretical and historical trajectories furthers our imaginative capacities to conceive more livable black and trans worlds. Review Quotes "The research done here is stellar."--Washington Blade"This book is an outstanding contribution to conversations about black and trans studies; it will transform scholarly understandings of both fields and the intersections between them."--CHOICE"Black on Both Sides reminds us that when we are careful about how we tell stories, we get new, nuanced stories that expose systems for what they are and that honor historically ignored populations."--Autostraddle"Black on Both Sides offers a new imagining of both black and trans history beginning in the early 19th century through the present."--Into News"Black on Both Sides is both important and timely. In an era where transgender acceptance and violence are both at an all-time high, the book reiterates the need for a historical analysis of all disenfranchised and overlooked people. Snorton offers a unique perspective into the burgeoning field of transgender history."--H-Net Reviews"Explores how such important scientific advances as the development of modern gynaecology, for example, took place through and with repeated experimentation on enslaved Black women."--Wear Your Voice Magazine"C. Riley Snorton's book Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity is a field-changing, paradigm-shifting, once-in-a-generation book that will be read and reckoned with for years to come."--American Historical Review"Carried by an extensive archive of materials such as fugitive slave narratives, sensationalist journalism, and Afro-modernist literature, Snorton gives insight into the importance of black history in relation to of transgender topics. Snorton illuminates how the foundations for "understanding gender as mutable" derive from the horrifics of slavery. Snorton's research proves to be an outstanding and well-needed addition to the conversation of black and trans communities."--PopSugar"It is unquestionable that Black On Both Sides will quickly become necessary reading for anyone thinking about blackness, transness, gender, or historiography. Implicit in its argument is how integral questions of blackness and transness are to numerous other "unrelated" fields: emblematic of such is the sheer number of citations in each chapter (in multiple chapters citation count is in excess of 125), which is less a citational overload and instead an indication of black/trans's relevance to scholars in fields from black studies to transgender studies, continental philosophy to history to journalism. Snorton's articulation of such an original historiographical theorization, and serious advancement of the analytic properties (rather than strictly identificatory) of blackness and transness, makes this book a groundbreaking text with which anyone in the aforementioned fields, among numerous others, would be remiss not to grapple rigorously."--Journal of African American History"Black on Both Sides holds a needed critique of the real, lived dangers of liberal inclusion and an identity politics that stubbornly refuses to address ongoing systemic forces that feed into dangerous and deadly circumstances for Black and trans people, including interpersonal violence as well as systemic forces of policing and incarceration, job discrimination, and social isolation. Beyond this, it offers and prioritizes the beauty of those lives that move through the interstices and oversights of categorization, holding a resonant claim to life and meaning."--Gender and Women's Studies"Black on Both Sides is a rigorous historical and theoretical project that seeks to complicate how we understand blackness at an onto- logical level. What Snorton does exceptionally well is to offer readers the opportunity to consider the ways in which the narrowness of disciplinary boundaries within the academy have rendered queerness and transness as periphery subjects in black history. In this way the book functions as a call to think more expansively about trans studies and black studies."--Journal of the History of Sexuality"C. Riley Snorton ambitiously develops a capacious trans genealogy, which culminates in transgender but arrives there through the motion across categories contained in such derivatives as transitivity and transversality. Not a conventional history, the book is more a set of associative assemblages, a racial poetics of transness, a densely theoretical challenge to historical method."--Journal of American History"C. Riley Snorton's Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity is an outstanding theorization and history of the interdependence and co- construction of race and gender in the United States."--Oxford University Press Journals"Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity provides an intricate and well-developed weaving of the past to the present."--QED: A Journal in LGBTQ "An incredible insight to how Black people pioneered being out as transgender... A great source and reference for historical events that took place that could help readers with awareness and understanding of the trans community."--Outvoices Nashville "Black on Both Sides challenges the historical account of trans studies invention by excavating a black trans presence and persona long before modern articulations of such. C. Riley Snorton offers us a way to read the historical record in a fashion that requires the unthought to be the basis of the foundation for our claims of newness, demonstrating that there is no revision of what it means to be human without coming through blackness, past and present."--Rinaldo Walcott, author of Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies"C. Riley Snorton's Black on Both Sides is a welcome contribution to black studies with the potential to influence future directions in the burgeoning field of transgender studies. It is rigorous scholarship that manages to be imaginative and timely."--Kara Keeling, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense"In a beautifully written and brilliant intervention and extension--the first full length book 'to examine the historical and contemporary importance of race to the constitution of "trans gender"'--C. Riley Snorton identifies and performs a black trans reading practice, from Anarcha to Transgender Days of Remembrance."--Christina Sharpe, author of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being About the Author C. Riley Snorton is associate professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Cornell University and visiting associate professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (Minnesota, 2014).
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) - by Brynn Tannehill (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 432Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Brynn TannehillLanguage: English About the Book A trans 101 book that walks readers through hot button issues relating to the transgender community. Leading activist Brynn Tannehill breaks down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, and sheds light on biased research, bad statistics and bad science. Book Synopsis Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tells you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, from politics, law and culture, through to science, religion and mental health, to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to be trans. The book walks the reader through transgender issues, starting with "What does transgender mean?" before moving on to more complex topics including growing up trans, dating and sex, medical and mental health, and debates around gender and feminism. Brynn also challenges deliberately deceptive information about transgender people being put out into the public sphere. Transphobic myths are debunked and biased research, bad statistics and bad science are carefully and clearly refuted. This important and engaging book enables any reader to become informed the most critical public conversations around transgender people, and become a better ally as a result. Review Quotes Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) is a tremendously engaging and accessible resource that not only answers questions that people want to know, it informs about topics that we need to know. There is not another book on this topic that is as well-researched, comprehensive, clear, and vitally-needed. If you want to educate yourself and others about trans people and issues that affect trans communities -- as well as stimulate lively conversation -- use this in your book club and in college classes. I challenge readers to ask a question that Brynn Tannehill has not answered - and answered exceedingly well.--Christine Robinson, Professor of Justice Studies, James Madison UniversityBased on decades of research and real world advocacy on behalf of transgender people, this gem of a book offers unvarnished, informed, and extremely accessible answers to just about every aspect of transgender life, law, and politics. Brynn has an impressive ability to explain complex legal issues in simple but accurate terms, and her deep knowledge of the military gives her an unparalleled insight into the transgender community's ongoing struggle to be able to serve openly in our nation's armed forces.--Shannon Minter, Legal Director at the National Center for Lesbian RightsBrynn Tannehill is definitely not afraid. In Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans (But Were Afraid To Ask), she bravely takes on the pernicious myths and outright lies about transgender people that otherwise circulate unchecked in American culture. With passion and humor, she intervenes in debates over science, religion, law, politics, and popular culture, bringing clarity to what can sometimes seem an unnavigable morass of unsubstantiated opinion. She also gives readers the tools they need to do their own myth-busting. This book is an essential introduction to transgender identities and politics for the uninitiated -- I can't wait to assign it in my "Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies" class -- but it is also a great resource for transgender people and their friends and families. Tannehill does not shy away from warning us that the future could be bleak for trans folks in the United States. But she provides us with the truth and reminds us that with knowledge comes power.--Jennifer Putzi, Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies, Director of Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program, College of William and MaryBrynn Tannehill is the explainer-in-chief of the trans movement. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) is a one-stop shop for anyone with questions about this historic fight for equality. Informative and accessible, this resource is exactly what we need.--Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights CampaignEquality and progress for our transgender neighbors and loved ones begins with overcoming misconceptions, misunderstandings, and ignorance about everything from health care to military service to the difference between sex and gender. With thorough research, extensive evidence, and personal experience, Brynn Tannehill guides readers through the complex challenges and the basic issues transgender people confront every day.--Joseph Kennedy III, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional districtThis book is a must-have resource not just for transgender people but also for all of those who parent, educate, employ, serve, treat, love, and play, pray, work, or live with transgender youth and adults. It is beautifully written, painstakingly researched, sophisticated in its treatment of a wide range of topics, and destined to become a classic. Brava to Brynn!--Anthony Varona, Professor of Law and Vice Dean at American University Washington College of LawThis is a multifaceted book that welcomes the reader to explore basic terminology and the daily challenges faced by transgender people in American society. Brynn presents a holistic and integrated view of the transgender experience by combining fact based, peer-reviewed evidence with a discussion of the complex issues, myths and misconceptions experienced by the transgender community today. Whether you are transgender, cisgender, an ally, or simply someone who wants to become more educated about gender identity, this one of a kind book is appealing to general audiences and academics alike.--Dr. Michelle Dietert, Professor of Sociology, Texas A & M University About the Author Brynn Tannehill is a leading trans activist and essayist, and has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bilerico, Slate, Salon, USA Today, The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation, The New Civil Rights Movement, as a blogger and featured columnist.
Amateur - by Thomas Page McBee (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Scribner Book CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Thomas Page McBeeLanguage: English About the Book "From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with "hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love" (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society"-- Book Synopsis *Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction *Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award *Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize One of The Times UK's Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed's Best Nonfiction of 2018, Autostraddle's Best LGBT Books of 2018, and 52 Insight's Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 A "no-holds-barred examination of masculinity" (BuzzFeed) and violence from award-winning author Thomas Page McBee. In this "refreshing and radical" (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man--and what being a "good" man even means--through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described "amateur" at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of gender in society, examining sexism, toxic masculinity, and privilege. As he questions the limitations of gender roles and the roots of masculine aggression, he finds intimacy, hope, and even love in the experience of boxing and in his role as a man in the world. Despite personal history and cultural expectations, "Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight" (The A.V. Club). "Sharp and precise, open and honest," (Women's Review of Books), McBee's writing asks questions "relevant to all people, trans or not" (New York Newsday). Through interviews with experts in neuroscience, sociology, and critical race theory, he constructs a deft and thoughtful examination of the role of men in contemporary society. Amateur is a graceful and uncompromising look at gender by a fearless, fiercely honest writer. Review Quotes "Brave, honest and touchingly human...a beautiful book that will resonate...with anyone anywhere in the world who is determined to become a better, kinder human being." --The Guardian, The Book That Changed My Mind "There have been a slew of new books that have reckoned powerfully with manhood and masculinity and their intersections with race and sexuality. Among the best I'd rank How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee, Air Traffic, by Gregory Pardlo, Amateur, by Thomas Page McBee, and Heavy, by Kiese Laymon. They are very different books, but all exhibit the two qualities that Orwell said made him a writer: "a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts."" --The New York Times "In an age when identity feels so splintered and fractional, McBee's empathy with men feels refreshing, but it's his determination to be accountable that is radical. He resolves his own masculinity crisis by doing the things men often think they're doing, but so often are not: listening, asking questions, seeking help, being vulnerable." --The Guardian "This book relays a subtle, profound personal investigation into masculinity and personhood ... McBee's great twist is to treat masculinity itself as an anthropological phenomenon, represented by this bloody, extreme sport. Inside the fight, McBee finds reconciliation." --The New Republic "A compelling example of humanity at its best, one to which anyone with a heart and a mind will relate." --Western Humanities Review"Amateur is Thomas Page McBee's poetic exploration of (sometimes toxic) masculinity as he trained to become the first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden. Author of the award-winning memoir Man Alive, McBee expected men drawn to boxing were motivated by bloodlust. Instead, he discovers mentorship among men overcoming weaknesses. In finding the vulnerability guys hope to hide, McBee finds hope for all men." --The Advocate"[McBee's] writing asks questions about gender that he believes are relevant to all people, trans or not ... [Amateur] probes the culture (or cult) of masculinity through, among other things, his experience as the first trans man to enter the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, where he competed in a 2015 charity event when he was 34." --Newsday "Elegantly demonstrate[s] how men can fight for a better definition of manhood--one that includes vulnerability, empathy, and self-expression--simply by fighting to be themselves ... [McBee] finds the answer not in knocking out another man's mouthguard, but rather in moments of vulnerability and the nurturing gestures of other men." --Quartz"[One of] the hottest memoirs to pre-order for fall ... In this memoir from Scribner, [McBee] grapples with masculinity, gender, and violence as he recounts his training to become a boxer." --The Writer Magazine"A no-holds-barred examination of masculinity. McBee describes the journey as a way of grappling with his newish place in the world of toxic (and privileged) masculinity ... a compassionate look at what it means to be a man and the circumstances that have engendered our expectations. It is in many ways a happy dismantling of these expectations, an opening of masculinity to make room for love, support, and tenderness -- something McBee is pleasantly surprised to find along the way." --Buzzfeed "Thomas Page McBee's new memoir, Amateur, is a powerful exploration of the costs of toxic masculinity and the joys of an authentic life. It is also a classic fight story. Superbly written and keenly observed, Amateur manages to juggle all of these elements with grace and wit." --The Rumpus "McBee is consistently vulnerable--both physically and in how he shares his experience. Yet at the end of Amateur, after all the punches, interviews, and introspection, the author does not arrive at any simple answers. Instead, that initial question about men and fighting multiplies into larger ones ... While he gets closer and closer to that eventual fight night in New York, his investigation of men is made more powerful by this lack of certainty--ultimately asking whether anyone, including those who flaunt their political strength in Washington D.C., truly comprehends the meaning of masculinity." --Bitch Magazine"Amateur provocatively describes the ways in which an increasingly fragile patriarchal culture needs to keep men in their place. A quest for self-liberation, this loving and deeply intelligent exploration of contemporary masculinities is essential reading." --Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home and Hot Milk"In this lyrical, courageous book, the author eloquently probes his inner life as he searches for the meaning of gender identity in a world limited by binary thinking. Provocative and illuminating--a winning follow-up to McBee's acclaimed debut." --Kirkus Reviews"Reading Amateur is watching someone try to simultaneously figure out who they are, who the world wants them to be, and why. It's deeply personal and politically vital, a calm and contemplative antidote to male toxicity." --The Skinny"Sharp and precise, open and honest ... It's hard to overstate how important and profound it feels to read a personal account of a man actively examining his own masculinity and privilege in such an honest way." --Women's Review of Books "[McBee's] writing is marvelous, pinning ideas that could so easily be abstract to the visceral, physical poetry of boxing...McBee displays tenacity on the page and in the gym, sizing up formidable concepts and engaging them with savvy and sensitivity. Amateur is more than a boxing story, just as it's more than a trans narrative. It's a highly recommended case study in manhood." --Shelf Awareness "This powerful book chronicles McBee's training and his attempts at understanding why violence is accepted as an aspect of American masculinity...McBee's lyrical, achingly honest exploration of loss and maturation offers a hopeful antidote to more toxic forms of masculinity." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Riveting. [McBee] is a compelling narrator. A heartfelt glimpse of a trans person's life, with a very dramatic boxing match bringing into focus the gender binary...Readers will be able to relate and gain new perspectives." --Library Journal "This timely memoir explores male-female power dynamics in an uplifting story of someone who becomes a new man in ways even he couldn't anticipate." --Booklist"The hot center of this book, the new work that it does, is McBee's search to identify and adopt ways to be a "better" man. He wants to know, as a man, how to fight gender inequity ... At a time when equity of all kinds is being suppressed, Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight." --The A.V. Club"This is an extraordinary, humane and compassionate book about aggression, selfhood and love. Nothing short of superb." --Attitude Magazine "When men fight, they are fighting the parts of themselves they hate, as McBee, himself a victim of abuse, discovers ... [the account] is interspersed with insights from a wide range of commentators and experts on issues relating to masculinity, race, gender and violence. It all adds up to a gripping and fascinating journey." --The Press Association"Until I read this book, I didn't realize how tired I was of reading about masculinity as cold, hard, and fixed. Amateur is a warm hug. It's also an invitation to everyone who's ever struggled to accept failure, searched for a sense of belonging, or said 'Ugh, men' in an exasperated tone to think harder and be kinder. I want the world to read it." --Ann Friedman, New York Magazine columnist and cohost of Call Your Girlfriend "Amateur is a brutally honest look at the problems with masculinity, laced through with hope, and joy, and possibility. Thomas McBee confronts fears and realities with grace, toughness, and poetry. A beautiful book." --Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave and How to Grow Up "Thomas Page McBee's Amateur takes a classic, well-worn subject--a man whose fight with other men is ultimately a confrontation with the self--and completely revitalizes, renews, and enriches it. McBee grapples with enormous issues such as masculinity, identity, transformation, and loss with great depth and intelligence, and in doing so, explores so many of the tough questions we should all be asking ourselves. Though slim and sharply concise, Amateur enlarges the world by opening up greater, more hopeful realms of possibility. I am a better man for having read this book." --Isaac Fitzgerald, founding editor of Buzzfeed Books, cohost of #AMtoDM and coauthor of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink "Thomas Page McBee is a fighter--and not only in a ring in Madison Square Garden. Amateur shows us a warrior of the human spirit, courageously investigating masculinity itself. His prose--both fierce and delicate--reveals a struggle to become a better man, and to create a better self. Amateur is urgent, generous, and fearless." --Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Long Black Veil and She's Not There "With Thomas as your gloved guide, you'll peer into locker rooms, through ropes, and at douchebags challenging strangers to sidewalk beat downs. Watch Thomas spar with masculinity as he takes on his, yours, and America's manhood. While tracing his journey from uninitiated fighter to Madison Square boxer, McBee explores why men so frequently confuse violence with power and why being a man ought to rely on a willingness to spar, first and foremost, with one's own shadow." --Myriam Gurba, author of Mean "A blazingly wise and beautiful book." --A.L. Kennedy, author of All the Rage and Serious Sweet
True Secrets of Lesbian Desire - by Renate Stendhal (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 119Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Atlantic BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Lesbian StudiesAuthor: Renate StendhalLanguage: English Book Synopsis Renate Stendhal sweeps out the old myths about bed death, the notion that lesbian couples tend to be too close to maintain sexual desire. Her own story and her talks with counseling clients prove the contrary. Stendhal shows that sex is the natural and continuous outcome of a closeness generated by bold honesty and the capacity to speak and hear intimate secrets. Sharing shameful desires and vulnerable fears is what love and sexual passion are made of. Stendhal teaches simple, effective and thought-provoking lessons for any committed or married couple who wants to keep passion alive beyond the honeymoon phase. Her message: The art of intimate truth-telling is the most effective aphrodisiac of all. Review Quotes Renate Stendhal's unique words of wisdom are wonderful, and have an important message for everyone. --Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, co-authors of Lesbian/Woman Tracking all these mutual quests for honest relationships, Stendhal's small and beautiful volume almost made me wish to be in one myself. I'll keep it handy, should the occasion arise. --Alix Dobkin, singer/songwriter What a compassionate and useful little book, so full of heart and good sense. Renate Stendhal brings her work deep understanding about intimacy that will benefit any couple ready to take the next step in love and passion. --Carol Queen, Ph.D., author of Exhibitionism for the Sky About the Author Renate Stendhal is a coach and counselor for individuals and couples, with a private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco. She has published several books, including Sex and Other Sacred Games and the award-winning photobiography, Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures.
Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality - (Cultural Media Studies) by D Travers Scott (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Cultural Media StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: D Travers ScottLanguage: English About the Book This book examines gay men and feminist women's alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. Book Synopsis What did gay men do in women's liberation--and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-1970s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. This book is suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history. About the Author D. Travers Scott, Associate Professor of Communication at Clemson University, authored Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. His work on sexuality and gender has appeared in many scholarly journals, three books of fiction, and over 100 popular articles, book chapters, and media appearances.
Love and Resistance - by Jason Baumann (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jason BaumannLanguage: English About the Book More than one hundred vivid photographs of the LGBTQ revolution--and its public and intimate moments in the 1960s and 70s--that lit a fire still burning today. Book Synopsis A ragtag group of women protesting behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, "Hi Mom, Guess What!" at a gay rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the thousands housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of 1960s and '70s LGBTQ history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies. Lahusen is a pioneering photojournalist who captured pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Davies, in turn, is one of the most important photojournalists who documented gay, lesbian, and trans liberation, as well as civil rights, feminist, and antiwar movements.This powerful collection--which captures the energy, humor, and humanity of the groundbreaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots--celebrates the diversity of this rights movement, both in the subjects of the photos and by presenting Lahusen and Davies' distinctive work and perspectives in conversation with each other. A preface, captions, and part introductions from curator Jason Baumann provide illuminating historical context. And an introduction from Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Hunger, speaks to the continued importance of these iconic photos of resistance.
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Hello Sailor! - by Jo Stanley & Paul Baker (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: RoutledgeAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Jo Stanley & Paul BakerLanguage: English Book Synopsis When gays had to be closeted, ships were the only places where homosexual men could not only be out but also camp. And on some liners to the sun and the New World, queens and butches had a ball. They sashayed and minced their way across the world's oceans. Never before has the story been told of the masses. These are the thousands of queer seafarers, mainly stewards, who sometimes even outnumbered the straight men in the catering departments of ships that were household names and the pride of the British fleet. Hello Sailor! uniquely shows what it was like to be queer at sea at a time when land meant straightness. From the Back Cover 'From Quentin Crisp cavorting with US marines in 'The Naked Civil Servant' to Jean Genet, Fassbinder and 'Querelle', a celebration of sailors has long been a part of gay culture. But very rarely has it been the subject of serious study. Here at last is the book that puts all that to rights. Thoroughly-researched and engagingly written, 'Hello Sailor' looks beyond the butch, bell-bottomed image and explores the real meaning of gay life for sea-faring men.' Paul Burston, TimeOut"Innovative, revealing and brave, this book peers through previously forbidden portholes and unravels a neglected strand of British history. It tells many fascinating stories of lives lived against the odds " Andy Medhurst, University of Sussex" meticulously researched, cogently argued work of high scholarship producing an endlessly fascinating and finely nuanced examination of the culture and mores of homosexuality afloat This book is greatly to be commended." Dr Campbell McMurray OBE, Director, Royal Naval Museum Review Quotes "What this fascinating book is really about is not 'gay life at sea' in general, but the gay ghettos on many liners and cruiseships during the fifties and sixties." George Melly, The Mail on Sunday "...this path breaking book tells the hidden story of passion and liberation at sea. This is a vital addition to the understanding of gay and sea history." Publishing News "...candid confessions cause the narrative to leap into life." Independent on Sunday. "...a fascinating account." Gay Times "...Hello Sailor! transcends its niche as a piece of gay history and, instead, becomes something that has resonances for all readers, whether gay, straight or something in between." The Observer '...an eminently readable, often amusing and original book...' Journal of Contemporary History, Vol 41, No 1 About the Author Felicia Gordon is at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and technology. Paul Baker is at Lancaster Univeristy. He is the world's leading writer on Polari, a secret form of language used by gay men, particularly gay sea-farers, in the 1950s and a 1960s. Jo Stanley is known world wide as one of the leading writers on women/gender and the sea, She writes fiction and non-fiction and is most famous for her acclaimed " Bold in her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages " (Rivers Oram Publishing 1999).
Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement - by Christopher Measom (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: SterlingAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Christopher MeasomLanguage: English About the Book This groundbreaking, in-depth visual tribute to the LGBTQ+ Pride movement covers key events and figures over the last century that led to the game-changing Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 and beyond--from the devastation of the AIDS crisis to present-day struggles for equality and the push for gender rights. Pride features more than 120 photos and artworks; profiles of Pride icons; speeches by leading activists and political figures; and passages from important dramatic, musical, and literary works. Book Synopsis This lavishly illustrated book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and is an inspiring photographic journey through the LGBTQ+ Pride movement over the last century. "A stirring history of the LGBTQ Pride movement." --Publishers Weekly This celebratory book is the most in-depth visual tribute to the LGBTQ+ pride movement ever created. The story starts in the bohemian subculture of post-World War I American cities. Author Christopher Measom next covers the influence of World War II, which relocated millions of people to single-sex barracks and factories, encouraging a freedom and anonymity that helped spark the formation of gay communities after the war. The repressive '50s era saw the launch of two important rights organizations, the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis, that led to the rebellions of the 1960s--culminating in the game-changing Stonewall Uprising of June 1969. The book then explores the devastation of the AIDS crisis, its impact on gay culture, and the fight to bring awareness to the disease. The narrative is brought up to the present day with coverage of the struggles for equality in marriage, the military, and beyond--and the push for gender rights. With more than 120 photos, posters, artworks, ads, and other rarely seen memorabilia; profiles of icons in the movement such as Christine Jorgensen, Marsha P. Johnson, Harry Hay, and Stormé DeLarverie; excerpts from key news reports; speeches by leading activists and political figures including Harvey Milk, Urvashi Vaid, and Barack Obama; and passages from important dramatic, musical, and literary works such as Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, this book is a groundbreaking homage to a historic movement and its milestone achievements and hurdles. Review Quotes "Freelance writer and photographer Measom (Sex Libris) creates a stirring history of the LGBTQ Pride movement, exploring how historical events and the broader cultural zeitgeists helped to shape the LGBTQ experience years before the Stonewall uprising. Measom organizes the narrative by era, from the sexually liberated 1920s to the comparatively repressive culture of the 1950s and through the devastation wrought by the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Measom presents a vivid photographic record, with images representing LGBTQ figures in hours of celebration (the first anniversary Stonewall march in 1970) and protest (ACT UP protesting in 1988). Archival materials enrich the narrative, including original poster art for events, Pride rallies, and organizations as well as excerpts from articles, speeches, interviews, and literary works. Sections also highlight the lives and contributions of well-known activists such as Marsha P. Johnson and Harvey Milk and entertainers such as Stormé DeLarverie, whose run-in with the police allegedly started the Stonewall riots. This stylish volume powerfully depicts how generations have sustained the Pride movement." --Publishers Weekly About the Author Christopher Measom has been a freelance writer/photographer since 1994. He was senior writer at the travel newsletter Out & About for ten years and had a monthly column called "New York Metro Page" in the now-defunct Hero magazine. Measom's books--co-created with partner-in-life Timothy Shaner--include Paris: Wish You Were Here!, The Little Big Book of Ireland, and Sex Libris. He is photo editor of the bestseller Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey. He and Tim live in New York City.
Claiming the B in LGBT - by Kate Harrad & Symon Hill & Juliet Kemp & Fred Langridge & Kaye McLelland & Marcus Morgan & Milena Popova (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 344Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Thorntree PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Kate Harrad & Symon Hill & Juliet Kemp & Fred Langridge & Kaye McLelland & Marcus Morgan & Milena PopovaLanguage: English About the Book "A guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement. The book combines a chronology of bisexual organizing with essays, poems, and articles detailing the lived experiences of bisexuasl struggling against a dominant culture driven by norms of monosexual attraction, compulsory monogamy, and notions of gender expression and identity"-- Book Synopsis Even as the broader LGBT community enjoys political and societal advances in North America, the bisexual community still today contends with decades of misinformation stereotyping them as innately indecisive, self-loathing, and untrustworthy. Claiming the B in LGBT strives to give bisexuals a seat at the table. This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronology of bisexual organizing with essays, poems, and articles detailing the lived experiences of bisexual activities struggling against a dominant culture driven by norms of monosexual attraction, compulsory monogamy, and inflexible notions of gender expression and identity. Kate Harrad's anthology of a thriving identity yearning to realize itself provides a vision of bisexuality that is beyond gay and straight, rather than left to merely occupy the space between. Review Quotes Announced as 2018 finalist in Foreword Reviews INDIE awards --https: //www.forewordreviews.com/awards/books/claiming-the-b-in-lgbt/"Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative shines as an inclusive, landmark text voicing the beauty, the struggle, the diversity of being bisexual. It should definitely be included on every LGBTQ+ bookshelf." --Bri Kerschner, Bi Women Quarterly"A unique and extraordinary anthology of a thriving identity yearning to realize itself provides a vision of bisexuality that is beyond gay and straight, rather than left to merely occupy the space between." --James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review About the Author Kate Harrad is a fiction and nonfiction writer, bi activist, event organizer, and parent. Her published works include the novel All Lies and Jest.
The Gay Revolution - by Lillian Faderman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 832Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Simon & SchusterAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Lillian FadermanLanguage: English Book Synopsis "This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we've been waiting for." --The Washington Post The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights--based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay and lesbian civil rights--the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers--is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. In "the most comprehensive history to date of America's gay-rights movement" (The Economist), Lillian Faderman tells this unfinished story through the dramatic accounts of passionate struggles with sweep, depth, and feeling. The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when gays and lesbians were criminals, psychiatrists saw them as mentally ill, churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality. "A compelling read of a little-known part of our nation's history, and of individuals whose stories range from heart-wrenching to inspiring to enraging to motivational" (Chicago Tribune), The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.
Straight Jacket - by Matthew Todd (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 400Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Black Swan Books, LimitedAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Matthew ToddLanguage: English Book Synopsis 'This is an essential read for every gay person on the planet' - Elton JohnWINNER BOYZ BEST LGBT BOOK 2017SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI BOOK PRIZE 2017Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be - and if not, why not? Meticulously researched, courageous and life-affirming, Straight Jacket offers invaluable practical advice on how to overcome a range of difficult issues. It also recognizes that this is a watershed moment, a piercing wake-up-call-to-arms for the gay and wider community to acknowledge the importance of supporting all young people - and helping older people to transform their experience and finally get the lives they really want. Review Quotes "Straight Jacket documents Todd's own childhood experiences, and the long-term mental health and addiction issues he has suffered; he is also using it to call for a government inquiry into the experiences of LGBT children at school." --Guardian"An essential book . . . Part sociological polemic and part self-help book, it zones in on some of the issues that disproportionately affect the gay community, from depression and anxiety to drug and alcohol addiction and body and eating disorders. I found myself both deeply upset and hugely relieved by its candour. After reading the book, tender as it is, you can't help but want to share your own experiences. Consider Straight Jacket a call to arms." --Independent"Matthew Todd dares to shine a light on the dark legacy of gay shame [and] it's not a pretty sight . . . There are some uncomfortable and downright terrifying truths to be confronted in Todd's brilliant, essential new book. It's difficult to underestimate the importance of Straight Jacket. If you are struggling and want help and don't know where to look, this book is a great place to start. But even if you're not, [it]is by far one of the most important books you'll read this year." --Gay Community News Ireland"Matthew Todd thought he had long since dealt with the demons surrounding his sexuality. In [his] new book, he reveals the crisis of shame facing the gay community--and how to solve it." --Observer"This is an essential read for every gay person on the planet." --Elton John About the Author Matthew Todd is the editor of the UK's bestselling gay magazine, Attitude. In 2011 he was named Men's Magazine Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors and Stonewall Journalist of the Year. He has written for national newspapers, including the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph and Sun. He appears regularly on tv and radio and is a regular seaker at conferences and events, including the Terrence Higgins Trust HIV Prevention CHAPS conference. He lives in London.
Severed - by Ignacio Lopez (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 88Genre: DramaSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: PaperbackPublisher: 53rd State PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Ignacio LopezLanguage: English About the Book A dark and irreverent monologue that explores what happens when all we believe in is shattered. Book Synopsis Dark, disturbing, deft, irreverent, and revelatory, Ignacio Lopez's monologue is at once a coming-of-age story, a horror story, and a highly theatrical experiment in radical empathy. Weaving together two very different voices grappling with strikingly similar crises of sexuality and conscience, Severed asks: where do we draw the line between human and monster, severing, as we do so, the possibility of empathy, forgiveness, and understanding? What happens when we see ourselves reflected in the monster's eye?
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves - by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 649Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Oxford University Press, USAAge Range: AdultAuthor: Laura Erickson-SchrothLanguage: English Book Synopsis There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of as social). While trans people share many common experiences, there is immense diversity within trans communities. There are an estimated 700,000 transgendered individuals in the US and 15 million worldwide. Even still, there's been a notable lack of organized information for this sizable group. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource-a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page. In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book. It is a welcoming place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. Review Quotes [A] groundbreaking title --Publisher's WeeklyAs transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them - a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters. Encyclopedic in scope, conversational in tone, and candid about complex sexual issues, the Oxford University Press book being released in mid-May is titled Trans Bodies, Trans Selves - a deliberate echo of a pioneering feminist health-resource book, Our Bodies, Ourselves that appeared more than 40 years ago --Associated PressI have been waiting for some time to see a book come out that is written for the purposes of providing timely information to transgender individuals to support them through their identity process. The comprehensiveness of this book is a major strength that can be applied to transgender individuals, their loved ones, and those who are in fields that impact transgender individuals. I have yet to have seen a book that incorporates information for individuals who identify on the gender spectrum-most books focus on one specific identity, whereas Trans Bodies, Trans Selves allows for the breadth of applying to many different individuals. This book appears to carry on the tradition of affirming many different transgender identities and the identification process. -Stephanie L. Budge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of LouisvilleTrans Bodies, Trans Selves is the answer to the wishes of many trans individuals and their therapists and counselors for a comprehensive resource of critical information that is both accurate and reliable, on the one hand, and written in a respectful way that is addressed to trans and questioning readers rather than at them or about them. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. -Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Washington Psychological Center...a community of people who are the best experts on themselves has come together to create a resource of information, mutual support, and political advocacy that will strengthen many. Thanks to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and all the transgender folks who have been writing and teaching over the past many years, we, a group of cisgender women, now know that we can no longer say 'a woman's body' and mean only one thing. -From the Afterword by Wendy Sanford, author of Our Bodies, Our SelvesThe many voices raised in the pages of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves are the vanguard of a rising tide. If you are new to transgender, transsexual, or trans* experience, prepare to be swept away. -Jamison Green, President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), co-director of the Transgender Law & Policy Institute, and author of Becoming a Visible ManTrans Bodies, Trans Selves comes at a moment in our history when transgender people are in the spotlight, but we are not yet the authority on our own lives. This critical resource will provide a beacon of hope for the transgender person in crisis who is facing a barrage of negative messages, life-threatening discrimination, and a lack of support and validation. We now have a volume that speaks to our lived experiences and provides the message that our lives matter, we are powerful in ourselves and our bodies, and we demand political, social, and legal equality. -M. Dru Levasseur, JD, Director of Lambda Legal's Transgender Rights Project and Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, providing financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeriesOne of the most grassroots, comprehensive transgender and gender noncomforming (TGNC) community-based literary projects I have ever seen. Lots of great people with diverse perspectives brought together to provide a truly holistic look at what is to be a TGNC person in all the various ways one may define that for themselves. A great resource that respects the immense intersectionality of trans and gender nonconforming people's lives. Finally a literary project that sincerely deserves the use of the term 'Groundbreaking'. -Imani Henry, Staff Organizer at the International Action Center (IAC), focusing on national organizing of LGBT people and communities of colorFor years I wondered how to create a one-stop-shop book for the trans community with all the basic info trans people would need. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves has done it! -Riki Wilchins, founder of GenderPAC and The Transexual Menace, and author of Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant PrimerTrans Bodies Trans Selves is a remarkably timely and much needed book that brings together collaborators across the spectrum of transgender health, culture, and history. At no other time has the transgender community been so poised to break out of its collective closet than now. It is vitally important to our communities of transgender people, advocates, and health care providers to have this volume of expertise at our fingertips. Dr. Erickson-Schroth has done us a great service by bringing together thoughtful thinkers and writers in the social and biological sciences to share complex knowledge that will empower each reader of this volume in new ways. Whether you are transgender, genderqueer, cis, scholar, health-care provider, social service provider, policy-maker, loved one, or other interested ally, you will find mind-opening and practical information and perspectives in this groundbreaking collection. -Jack Pula, MD, co-chair of the APA NY District Branch Committee on LGBT issuesIt's impossible to make informed decisions about one's life in the absence of information. Happily, trans people now have a wealth of information in the form of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. -Dallas Denny, Founding Director of the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS), past editor of Chrysalis Quarterly and Transgender Tapestry, and former director of the Fantasia FairThere has never been a book just like Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. More than a medical textbook, much more than any individual's autobiography, this anthology of transgender health and history is personalized with interviews covering every point on the spectrum of transgender experience. Transgender and gender nonconforming persons will read this book and see stories directly relevant to their own lives. Others who read with a desire to learn about the experience of transgender life - for that is the correct term, 'life' not 'lifestyle' - will not be disappointed. People who said 'I have never met a transgender person' may feel they have met many of us in the pages of this book. [R]ecommended for everyone who wants to understand this wonderful, brave, diverse group called 'transgender.' -Rebecca Allison, MD, past President of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT EqualityTBTS is brimming with straightforward information about living a life as a gender-nonconforming person in the United States...illuminating even for people who are already well-informed... --The New Republic[T]his book clearly comes at the perfect time...Bridging the gap between being understandable to the newest of readers and being helpful to those more versed in transgender issues, the vastness of topics covered includes everything from sex work to sexual safety, from romantic relationships to personal feelings about one's changing body. The mix of personal stories and professional guidance from doctors and therapists allows the reader to have a well-rounded learning experience about each of the topics. --socialworker.comTrans Bodies, Trans Selves offers practical suggestions on navigating life as a transgender person. From tips on how to transition socially to questions one should ask mental health professionals, the volume offers concrete transition-related ideas on a range of topics. It is strongly recommended to professionals who serve the TGNC community. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves has created a solid foundation upon which future research will emerge regardless of discipline. This resource will be cited for a long time. --Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Like its inspiration, OBOS, TBTS is not an academic treatise, nor is it meant to be, though much of the writing is quite academic. It is written for a broad audience inclusive of trans people and those who live, love, and work with them. There is thread of activism and a desire to be seen that runs through the book. Throughout the pages of information, stories and narratives are placed about the lives people are living, the struggles they face, and the joy they feel. Much of this is accomplished by the way the editor has chosen to format the book. There are many contributors who are featured in boxed narratives. This book can be used as a helpful resource to both the lay and the professional audience, as well as the transgender and cisgender person. --Shara Sand, PsycCRITIQUESTBTS is an invaluable resource. A surprising wealth of material on trans people already exists, written by both trans and cisgender people, and in a broad range of genres and formats, including memoirs, histories, medical journals, academic collections, and even graphic novels. This volume does an excellent job of consolidating much of that material into a 'one-stop' resource, while also providing extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter for further exploration. TBTS is an ideal book for introductory reading, both for personal and classroom use. --Feminist CollectionsThis collaboratively written resource guide discusses virtually every aspect of transgender life, ranging from intersectionality and legal issues to health and art. Each chapter, written by transgender or genderqueer authors, incorporates anonymous quotations from respondents to surveys conducted by the editorial staff that demonstrate the diversity in transgender people's experiences and perspectives. A substantial work for public and academic libraries. --Library Journal About the Author Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatry resident at New York University Medical Center. She is a board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, as well as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. She is a founding member of the Gender and Family Network of New York City, a group for service providers interested in the health of gender non-conforming children and adolescents.
Trap Door - (Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture) by Reina Gossett & Eric A Stanley & Johanna Burton (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 448Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Critical Anthologies in Art and CultureFormat: HardcoverPublisher: MIT PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Reina Gossett & Eric A Stanley & Johanna BurtonLanguage: English About the Book Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture. Book Synopsis Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture.The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. Trap Door grapples with these contradictions. The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered "doors"--entrances to visibility and recognition--that are actually "traps," accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhere. Trap Door begins a conversation that extends through and beyond trans culture, showing how these issues have relevance for anyone invested in the ethics of visual culture. Contributors Lexi Adsit, Sara Ahmed, Nicole Archer, Kai Lumumba Barrow, Johanna Burton, micha cárdenas, Mel Y. Chen, Grace Dunham, Treva Ellison, Sydney Freeland, Che Gossett, Reina Gossett, Stamatina Gregory, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Robert Hamblin, Eva Hayward, Juliana Huxtable, Yve Laris Cohen, Abram J. Lewis, Heather Love, Park McArthur, CeCe McDonald, Toshio Meronek, Fred Moten, Tavia Nyong'o, Morgan M. Page, Roy Pérez, Dean Spade, Eric A. Stanley, Jeannine Tang, Wu Tsang, Jeanne Vaccaro, Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Kalaniopua Young, Constantina Zavitsanos Review Quotes As someone who has spent her life seeking reflections of myself in visual and print media, this anthology by my dear friend Reina Gossett was a salve, helping me unpack the images I've taken in of myself as a trans woman -- and the ones I am creating through my own writings and Pose.--Sarah Karlan, BuzzFeed--The texts collected here chart new ways to tell our stories, to represent ourselves, our art, our archives, and our futures.--Paris Review--Trap Door is an essential tome that focuses loosely on work by trans-identified artists and the paradoxes inherent within it. The book is "resistant to the canonization of trans art," as its editors note in an introduction, and the writings and interviews included in an expansive anthology--showcasing figures such as Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Wu Tsang, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos--provide valuable ways of redefining what a canon might entail.--ArtNews-- About the Author Reina Gossett is an artist, activist, and 2017 Activist in Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She directed The Personal Things (2016) and, with Sasha Wortzel, wrote, directed, and produced Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2017), a short film about legendary performer and activist Marsha P. Johnson. Eric A. Stanley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside, editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, and, with Chris E. Vargas, director of the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2016). Johanna Burton is Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in New York and the series editor for the Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture.
De Profundis - (Modern Library Classics) by Oscar Wilde (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Modern Library ClassicsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Modern LibraryAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Oscar WildeLanguage: English About the Book A new edition of the stirring, powerful final work of Oscar Wilde, this gay classic is being published on the 100th anniversary of his death. Book Synopsis Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a profound meditation on human suffering, De Profundis is a classic of gay literature. Richard Ellmann calls De Profundis "a love letter...One of the greatest, and the longest, ever written." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains newly commissioned notes. Review Quotes "Displays the insight, honesty, and unself-conscious style of a great writer."--W. H. Auden About the Author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwright. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, brought him lasting recognition, and he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era with a series of witty social satires, including his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Richard Ellmann, during a long and distinguished career, won international recognition as a scholar, teacher of English literature, critic, and biographer. His magisterial life of James Joyce has been widely acclaimed as the greatest literary biography of the century. Ellmann was born in Highland Park, Michigan, in 1918. He studied at Yale and at Trinity College in Dublin. He taught at Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Emory, the University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Oxford, where he was Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College. His James Joyce (National Book Award, 1959) was preceded by Yeats: The Man and the Masks and The Identity of Yeats, and was followed by--among other greatly praised books--two volumes of Joyce letters, Eminent Domain, and Four Dubliners. Ellmann died in May 1987, in Oxford, soon after completing Oscar Wilde, to which he had devoted some two decades of study, research, and writing.
Traversing Gender - by Lee Harrington (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 286Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Mystic Productions PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Lee HarringtonLanguage: English Book Synopsis In the current age of gender identity and transgender awareness, many questions are coming to light for everyone. Whether brought about by media and cultural attention or personal journeys, individuals who have never heard of transgender, transsexual, or gender variant people can feel lost or confused. Information can be hard to find, and is often fragmented or biased. Meanwhile, trans people are getting a chance to dialogue with each other and finally be heard by the world at large. In Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities, author Lee Harrington helps make the intimate discussions of gender available for everyone to understand. Topics include: - Understanding the terms "trans" and "transgender" - Differences (and crossovers) between sex, gender, and orientation - The wide array and types of trans experiences - Social networking and emotional support systems for trans people - Navigating medical care, from the common cold to gender-specific procedures - What "transitioning" looks like, from a variety of different approaches - How legal systems interplay with gender and trans issues - Extra challenges based on gender, race, class, age and disability - Skills and information on being successful a trans ally Bringing these personal matters into the light of day, this reader-friendly resource is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members, as well as members of the transgender community itself. It is here for you and those in your life, helping create an opportunity for overcoming the challenges trans people face through awareness and action, making the world a better place one life at a time. About the Author Lee Harrington is an internationally known gender and sexuality author and educator who has been an active part of gender advocacy and identity awareness communities for 20 years.
Growing Older as a Trans And/Or Non-Binary Person - by Jennie Kermode (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jennie KermodeLanguage: English About the Book A clear, practical guide to the ageing process for trans and/or non-binary individuals and the professionals supporting them. This book covers key issues including health and social care, planning for old age, wills and inheritance, as well as communication issues with family and professionals. Book Synopsis Drawing on the experiences of older trans people and those transitioning later in life, this is a definitive guide to ageing as a trans and/or non-binary person. It covers the key health concerns and social issues affecting older trans people, including care homes, pensions, inheritance and funeral planning, as well as hormone use and physical changes, isolation and dementia. Kermode also provides guidance for professionals looking to better meet the needs of these individuals and highlights the important factors that need to be considered at an institutional level to provide the best care for people across the gender spectrum. Review Quotes A highly informative and very accessible guide that will provide much-needed guidance for trans and non-binary individuals in mid to later life and those professionals and service providers supporting older adults. Kermode has written a comprehensive volume that addresses key areas of planning across social, financial and medical life for older trans adults - this is a timely publication when there is so limited guidance and information available for trans people in older age. --Dr Paul Willis, Senior lecturer in social work, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.This book is a fantastic practical resource for trans and non-binary people as well as all of us who want to better understand the experiences of trans elders, and step up our work as allies. In LGBT+ communities the experiences, insights and needs of our elders are too often pushed to one side, and Jennie's book is an important first step towards foregrounding the experience of trans and non-binary people as they grow older.--Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive, StonewallThis book is invaluable, not just for trans and non-binary people planning for their later years but also for non-trans professionals who work in social care with older adults. Jennie has a delightfully clear way of painting the whole life context and structural challenges facing trans people as they age. The book is especially invaluable for those whose lack of background experience might make it difficult to empathise or anticipate.--Christine Burns MBE, Author and Transgender Activist About the Author Jennie Kermode MA (hons) MRes is former Chair of Trans Media Watch and author of Transgender Employees in the Workplace and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary People with Disabilities or Illnesses. She has written for The Independent, The New Statesman, Pink News and New Internationalist. She lives in Paisley, UK.
Family Outing - by Chastity Bono (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Little Brown and CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Chastity BonoLanguage: English About the Book From Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher, heroine of the gay community, comes the first comprehensive guide to the coming-out process, written from the perspective of both gays and lesbians and their parents. Book Synopsis From Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny & Cher, heroine of the gay community: the first comprehensive guide to the coming-out process from the perspective of both gays & lesbians & their parents.
Global Gay - (Mit Press) by Frederic Martel (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 296Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Mit PressFormat: PaperbackPublisher: MIT PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Frederic MartelLanguage: English About the Book A panoramic view of gay rights, gay life, and the gay experience around the world. Book Synopsis A panoramic view of gay rights, gay life, and the gay experience around the world.In Global Gay, Frédéric Martel visits more than fifty countries and documents a revolution underway around the world: the globalization of LGBT rights. From Saudi Arabia to South Africa, from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv, from Singapore to the United States, activists, culture warriors, and ordinary people are part of a movement. Martel interviews the proprietor of a "gay-friendly" café in Amman, Jordan; a Cuban-American television journalist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a South African jurist who worked with Nelson Mandela to enshrine gay rights in the country's constitution; an American lawyer who worked on the campaign for marriage equality; an Egyptian man who fled his country after escaping a raid on a gay club; and many others. He tells us that in China, homosexuality is neither prohibited nor permitted, and that much Chinese gay life takes place on social media; that in Iran, because of the strict separation of the sexes, it seems almost easier to be gay than heterosexual; and that Raul Castro's daughter, a gay rights icon in Cuba, expressed her lingering anti-American sentiments by calling for Pride celebrations in May rather than June. Ten countries maintain the death penalty for homosexuals. "Homophobia is what Arab governments give to Islamists to keep them calm," one activist tells Martel.Martel finds that although the "gay American way of life" has created a global template for gay activism and culture, each country offers distinctly local variations. And around the world, the status of gay rights has become a measure of a country's democracy and modernity.This English edition, which has been thoroughly revised and updated, has received the French Voices Award for excellence in publication and translation, supported by a grant from the French-American Book Fund. Review Quotes Illuminating and heart-rendering.--Andrew Holleran, Gay and Lesbian Review--Illuminating and heart-rendering.--Gay and Lesbian Review-- About the Author Frédéric Martel, a researcher at Sciences-Po Paris and ZHdK Zurich, is the author of nine books, the host and producer of the French radio show Soft Power, and foreign affairs columnist at Slate.fr. Patsy Baudoin works independently as a translator and developmental editor.
Trans Allyship Workbook - by Davey Shlasko (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 110Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Think Again TrainingAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Davey ShlaskoLanguage: English About the Book "Revised, updated and expanded for 2017 -- the new Trans Allyship Workbook is everything you've been wanting to read about trans allyship! Over 100 pages including new sections on intersectionality, singular they, and philosophies of allyship; tips and "best practices" for the special allyship situations of parents, teachers, healthcare providers and therapists; tons of new color illustrations; new activities -- it really is a "workbook" -- to help you deepen and practice your allyship skills.." -- Publisher's description. Book Synopsis Revised, updated and expanded for 2017 - the new Trans Allyship Workbook is everything you've been wanting to read about trans allyship! A workbook to help you build your understanding of trans communities and develop concrete skills for supporting trans people in your life, with over 100 pages of explanation, activities, illustrations and reflections including - New sections on intersectionality, singular they, and philosophies of allyship Tips and "best practices" for the special allyship situations of parents, teachers, healthcare providers and therapists Tons of new color illustrations New activities - it really is a "workbook" - to help you deepen and practice your allyship skills Extensive glossary to get updated on recent evolutions in trans terminology Resource lists to help you take the next steps in your learning, whether for personal or professional development Review Quotes ..". packed with concrete tools and practices that hold the complexity of trans issues and invite curiosity and critical thinking with an open heart." -Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Unitarian Universalist Minister ..". the only one of its kind, with a heightened attention to the intersectionality of identities within the trans lived experience. ... There is no other single resource of radical trans allyship that I would recommend to both therapists and clients." - Shannon Sennott, LICSW, Family Therapist and founder of Translate Gender, Inc. ..". the most practical and accessible guide for trans inclusion I have ever read. ...If you are interested in learning more about supporting trans people in your family, your workplace, your school, your community and the world, but you only have time to read one book, read this one." - Tobias K. Davis, Playwright, Novelist, Activist "We can't know anyone's gender identity simply by observing them. This fact alone challenges and revolutionizes all of the ways our binary-gender physical, social, mental and emotional spaces are constructed." - Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Teacher, Author and Diversity Consultant
Stonewall - by David Carter (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 336Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: St. Martin's GriffinAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: David CarterLanguage: English Book Synopsis The basis of the PBS American Experience documentary Stonewall Uprising. In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events. A Randy Shilts / Publishing Triangle Award Finalist Riveting...Not only the definitive examination of the riots but an absorbing history of pre-Stonewall America, and how the oppression and pent-up rage of those years finally ignited on a hot New York night. - Boston Globe Review Quotes "A terrific piece of nonfiction, a satisfying and illuminating document that will be referred to time and again." --The Advocate "Considering all that went before, the ongoing repression and corruption, and the scent of social and political liberation in the air, Carter's eloquent account makes it clear that something was bound to catch fire...A complete, full-bodied portrait, with lots of flesh on the bones of a strong narrative structure." --Kirkus Reviews "No matter what you may believe about the event, you will gain new insights. Historically important and socially significant." --Dallas Morning News "A gripping, hour-by-hour reconstruction...this definitive account is long overdue but well worth the wait." --Richard Labonte, Bookmarks "Stonewall presents a thorough and often compelling reconstruction of the nearly weeklong protest...provides thoughtful and sometimes delightfully quirky details about the era's gay culture and politics, Greenwich Village itself, and the New Yorkers - from mobsters to flame queens to cops - who that morning stumbled into history." --Providence Journal-Bulletin "A beautifully written, suspenseful narrative that also meets the toughest tests of academic research." --Bay Area Reporter About the Author David Carter (1952-2020) had a varied career as a writer, editor, and filmmaker. He is the author of biographies of Salvador Dali and George Santayana, he edited and compiled Spontaneous Mind, a collection of interviews with Allen Ginsberg, and directed the film Meher Baba in Italy for Peter Townshend. Carter has a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He lived in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Transgender 101 - by Nicholas Teich (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Columbia University PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Nicholas TeichLanguage: English Book Synopsis Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members. Review Quotes ...a fascinating read... effectively raising questions and prompting discussions about assumptions we've always taken for granted...--Bibrary Book Lust...highly recommended reading as a user-friendly introduction.--Youth TodayTransgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction informs without being self-absorbed or polemical.--Betty Morningstar, president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social WorkersIn an eminently readable fashion, Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender, and sexual identification to the experiences of 'coming out' and 'transitioning." He then situates the 'trans' person in an historical context--examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way society has viewed and (mis)treated the change from imputed to 'authentic' sex. I am glad I read this book.--Kevin J. Mahoney, professor and director of the Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College About the Author Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu'tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.
Reclaiming Your Life - by Rik Isensee (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 270Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Rik IsenseeAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Rik IsenseeLanguage: English Book Synopsis Reclaiming Your Life is a guide to healing from early abuse, homophobia, addictions, and other self-defeating behavior. Part I looks at how growing up gay in a homophobic culture is similar in many ways to growing up in a dysfunctional or abusive family, because of the secrecy, self-blame, and shame that often accompany the realization that we're somehow different, but without much support for understanding what it means to feel attracted to the same sex. In addition, experiences of early physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can sometimes lead to the development of a "false self," the internalization of negative messages, or the development of self-destructive behavior. Part II shows how gay men can recover from early abuse, internalized homophobia, and self-defeating behavior, such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual compulsion, body image, and problems with food or debt. It offers chapters on how to counter internalized homophobic and other negative messages, expand the moment between impulse and action, and work through the feelings that are likely to arise when we stop using self-defeating behaviors to push our emotions away. ""No matter what kind of family you grew up in, you will find yourself in this book. All of our families are dysfunctional to some degree, and as gay men, we have to overcome our own homophobia and resulting shame. Rik Isensee writes in a style that is so readable and relevant, every gay/bi man can take something with him."" -Jeffrey Chernin, Ph.D. ""Members of a dysfunctional family interact abusively, and when the family is homophobic a gay member will likely be doubly abused. In the first half of this guide, Isensee capably outlines all aspects of growing up gay in a dysfunctional family. He includes homophobia, sexual abuse, stress, self- blame, shame, and self-destructive behavior. In the second half, he relates the ways a gay child can overcome the many hindrances to gaining self-respect through grieving, nurturing, and supporting. He ends with suggestions on how to react to homophobia and create a life without the guilt that a heterosexual society induces. Although the topic may seem a bit clinical, Isensee's book is easy to read and even gay adolescents will want to consult it."" -H. Robert Malinowsky, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Library Journal ""Rik Isensee strikes a long-forgotten chord with his self-help book, Reclaiming Your Life, which gives strong psychological advice to gay men who have been through just about every situation imaginable. There are scenarios presented that will ring true for some readers, and Isensee offers his unique and insightful advice on each of them, giving the reader options to overcome overbearing feelings and/or situations that would cause others to commit drastic actions. This is an excellent book in the field of self-help, and once finished, provides an uplifting light at the end of the tunnel."" -Illinois HIV Prevention, Region 6 Booklist