Category Archives: Nonfiction

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?

Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein. Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. Oakland: AK Press, 2012. This powerful anthology explores masculinity vis a vis queerness, ethnicity, and gender identity. Sycamore and contributors … Continue reading

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What Makes a Baby

Silverberg, Cory (Author) and Fiona Smyth (Illustrator). What Makes a Baby. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012. With the tagline “A book for every kind of family and every kind of kid,” What Makes a Baby is indeed the most … Continue reading

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A Queer Thing Happened to America

Brown, Michael L. (2011).  A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been. Concord, NC: EqualTime Books. This is an anti-recommendation. I am only going to give a quick overview of this text because I … Continue reading

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This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids

Owens-Reid, Dannielle & Kristin Russo. 2014. This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Coming out to parents is a significant event for LGBTQ folks—potentially fraught, often … Continue reading

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Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s

Miller, Neil. 2002. Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s. Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Publications. In 1955 in Sioux City, Iowa, two children were sexually assaulted and killed. These crimes spurred one of many sex-crime panics … Continue reading

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Beyond Magenta

Kuklin, Susan. (2014). Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. In this thoughtful book, Susan Kuklin shares the personal stories of six transgender youth. Each teen has a chapter in narrative format, mostly in their own voice, … Continue reading

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Against Equality

Conrad, Ryan (Editor). (2014). Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion. Oakland, CA: AK Press. This anthology is a republication of three previous anthologies into one volume. Against Equality is a collective founded by Ryan Conrad and Yasmin Nair in … Continue reading

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