“It’s the urgency of being a girl, in the broadest sense of that admittedly binary term, of being a marginalized person and knowing in your heart that you have the power to change your world.”
A true map, it never says: this is the way to go, what to do. Instead, Piepzna-Samarasinha tells us what has worked for some people at some times, what could be done better, and also what went super wrong.
“I’ve had conversations with brands where they’ve been very explicit about who their customers weren’t. They weren’t plus size people. They weren’t queer people. They weren’t people of color. And those attitudes affect me as well as a black, queer woman.”
“At the end of the prologue, I had to put the book down, because I had broken out in ugly, heaving sobs on a Monday night in the dog days of summer, after a hot and heated and emotionally heavy July eclipse, drinking a glass of rose in my apartment in Harlem.”
Disney has retold their most famous Halloween story with a trio that’s comprised of two people of color, one of whom is queer; and the queer daughter of Max and Allison. It’s silly and spooky, and it’s an unabashed love story.
Lady Evangeline is as capable as ripping your bodice as Sir Benedict Granville, and that’s just one of the brilliant things about this interactive romance novel.
Accessible queer sex education, now available for everyone.
Queer Sex, a collection of interviews with trans and non-binary folks on sex, love and intimacy, is a map to erotic empowerment. In this excerpt, author Juno Roche explores her fears, hopes and erotic potential.
Reading “When Katie Met Cassidy” felt like closing a wound left open by other queer/same-sex romances that came before it.
Blackness and transness interconnect in this radical history of not just black and trans people, but also where beliefs about black and trans people come from.
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If The Merry Spinster seems almost fixated on gender, it’s because Ortberg began participating in gender therapy and exploring identity while writing it, and “It turns out I’m trans!”
“Close your eyes and imagine for one moment a world where little black girls spend their entire childhoods seeing women like the ones they will become in just as many books, television shows, awards ceremonies, universities, political offices, magazines, advertisements and leadership positions as their white peers do. Really picture it, and then ask yourself: what would that future look like?”
Gurba’s writing feels devastating and holy and hilarious all at once, like a dead sea scroll that is as fun to read as an old issue of Playboy.
“Fetch” is a beautiful love letter to a pet, a coming of age story, and an exploration of all the complexities of what it really means to take care of another living being.
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In a time when the word “healing” feels thinner than ever, affixed as it is to too many pictures of skinny, silhouetted yogis on beaches, we need to reacquaint ourselves with the severity of that process. This book is a generous offering to a society that may not know what to do with it.
Lucky’s been walking a thin line. She desperately wants to maintain a relationship with her family, and especially with her mother, but she also aches to live as an out lesbian.
“By the end of the seventies, women were in fashion: every Parisian woman, gay or straight, fell in love with women as if it were the most natural thing in the world.”
Why pick between your passions when you can design a life based on ALL of them?