Because this week is York Pride Fest, and because of the recent anti-LGBT mass murder in Orlando this past weekend, I have decided to write a couple of posts highlighting books by and about LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and other gender and sexual minorities) people. Please also check out my list of non-fiction resources.
Anyway, here are some of my favourite LGBTQIA+ books and authors:
Gender Failure, by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote
This book is based on Spoon and Coyote’s live show of the same title. It contains the text of the stories they told as well as Spoon’s song lyrics, and some of the images from the show. Gender Failure explores both of the authors experiences growing up and not fitting into the gender binary, and the ways in which they have found authentic identities as non-binary people. Continue reading
For those who don’t know, this week is York Pride Fest, celebrating the residents of York who are LGBTQIA+ (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and other gender and sexual minorities). In light of this, and especially in light of the recent anti-LGBT shooting in Orlando, which has left queer people around the world reeling, I wanted to take a moment and highlight some great resources for people interested in learning more about the diverse communities that make up the LGBTQIA+ rainbow. I will make a separate post this week highlighting some of my favourite queer fiction and memoir authors as well (Edit: I did this! You can find it here).
Gay and Lesbian
The Dictionary of Homophobia: a global history of gay & lesbian experience
A comprehensive guide to the history and struggles of gay and lesbian people all around the world. These issues also affect bisexual, pansexual, and queer people.
Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree: parents, children, and the search for identity is a book about difference. It’s about what happens when people have children who are irrevocably different from themselves. It’s about the struggle of parents raising children they may never understand. And it’s about the struggle of these ‘different’ children to form their own identities both within and outside of their families.
I was hooked from the opening lines:
There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production, and the widespread use of the word reproduction for this activity, with its implication that two people are but braiding themselves together, is at best a euphemism to comfort prospective parents before they get in over their heads. Continue reading