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Image Ahora que ya lo sabes: todo lo que me hubiera gustado saber antes de salir del armario
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Image Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith
(354 Pages) Reveals a remarkable woman’s life and her contributions to social justice movements related to Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism. As an organizer, writer, publisher, scholar-activist, and elected official, Barbara Smith has played key roles in multiple social justice movements, including Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism. Her four decades of grassroots activism forged collaborations that introduced the idea that oppression must be fought on a variety of fronts simultaneously, including gender, race, class, and sexuality. By combining hard-to-find historical documents with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this book uncovers the deep roots of today’s “identity politics” and “intersectionality” and serves as an essential primer for practicing solidarity and resistance. “Barbara Smith is a creator of modern feminism as a writer, organizer, editor, publisher, and scholar. Now she has added to her decades as an activist outside the system by becoming an elected official who truly listens, represents, and creates bridges to a common good. She has shown us that democracy is a seed that can only be planted where we are.” — Gloria Steinem “Barbara Smith is one of the grand pioneering and prophetic voices of our time. Her truth still hurts and heals!” — Cornel West “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around is not a memoir, a biography, nor a reader. It is a reflection and a conversation. It is also a montage of forty years of documents, interviews, and articles that provide useful lessons for social justice work. This book is a tour de force that documents the life’s work of Barbara Smith and the freedom struggles she shaped.” — Duchess Harris, author of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama
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Image All Families are Special
(32 Pages) Students in Mrs. Mack's class describe their families--big or small, living together or apart, with two moms or none--and learn why every family is special and important.
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Image Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL
(281 Pages) A memoir by the ex-NFL football player offers a portrait of his life as a gay man, recounting his painful childhood, his fear of exposure while playing in the NFL, the strength he found in Christianity, and his decision to come out publicly.
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Image American Dreamer: Dreamers
(384 Pages) "No one ever said big dreams come easy for Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He'll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn't? He'll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He's got six months to make it happen--the last thing he needs is a distraction. Jude Fuller is proud of the life he's built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It's safe. It's quiet. And it's damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca's most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can't get enough--of Nesto's food, or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that's always been just out of reach. An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both...if Nesto can remember happiness isn't always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down."--Back cover.
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Image Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”
(271 Pages) DIVThe relationship between black queer subjects and debasement as portrayed within popular culture texts and films./div
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Image Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”
(271 Pages) DIVThe relationship between black queer subjects and debasement as portrayed within popular culture texts and films./div
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Image Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories
(251 Pages) Bi Lives contains 18 in-depth, revealing interviews with bisexual women. Some of them are in relationships with women, some with men, some with both, and some are single. Some are monogamous; some are nonmonogamous. The women range in age from 21 to 57. They are of different classes and races, with vastly different life experiences. They include bisexual political organizers, such as Lani Ka'ahumanu; women who identified as lesbians; disabled women; nurse-midwives; visual and performance artists; and an HIV-positive woman. The book also includes safer sex guidelines, by Rowan Frost, and a bisexual resource list by Robyn Ochs, editor of Bisexual Resource Guide 2000.
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Image Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
(256 Pages) 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.
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Image Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology
(393 Pages) While over the past decade a number of scholars have done significant work on questions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered identities, this volume is the first to collect this groundbreaking work and make black queer studies visible as a developing field of study in the United States. Bringing together essays by established and emergent scholars, this collection assesses the strengths and weaknesses of prior work on race and sexuality and highlights the theoretical and political issues at stake in the nascent field of black queer studies. Including work by scholars based in English, film studies, black studies, sociology, history, political science, legal studies, cultural studies, and performance studies, the volume showcases the broadly interdisciplinary nature of the black queer studies project. The contributors consider representations of the black queer body, black queer literature, the pedagogical implications of black queer studies, and the ways that gender and sexuality have been glossed over in black studies and race and class marginalized in queer studies. Whether exploring the closet as a racially loaded metaphor, arguing for the inclusion of diaspora studies in black queer studies, considering how the black lesbian voice that was so expressive in the 1970s and 1980s is all but inaudible today, or investigating how the social sciences have solidified racial and sexual exclusionary practices, these insightful essays signal an important and necessary expansion of queer studies. Contributors. Bryant K. Alexander, Devon Carbado, Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Keith Clark, Cathy Cohen, Roderick A. Ferguson, Jewelle Gomez, Phillip Brian Harper, Mae G. Henderson, Sharon P. Holland, E. Patrick Johnson, Kara Keeling, Dwight A. McBride, Charles I. Nero, Marlon B. Ross, Rinaldo Walcott, Maurice O. Wallace
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Image Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay
(128 Pages) Sure to become a modern LGBTQ+ pride classic, this “amazing” celebration of the pains and joys of growing up gay features personal stories from around the world (The Huffington Post) Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ+. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny—and at times, heartbreaking—personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance. This intimate little book is a wonderful gift for all members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as their friends and families. Like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, Born This Way gives young people everywhere the courage to say, “Yes, I’m gay. And I was born this way. I’ve known it since I was very young, and this is my story.”
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Image Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities
(358 Pages) An incisive study of homosexuality in traditional and modern African cultures challenges the idea of African-American heterosexuality in a collection of essays that discuss woman-woman marriages, male homosexuality in West Africa, alternative gender identities among the Swahili, and homosexual portrayals in contemporary African literature. Original.
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Image Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories
(365 Pages) Twenty-eight of the nation's most-admired gay writers, including Edmund White, Alan Gurganus, and Andrew Holleran, along with rising talents, present never-before-published tales of their coming out, spanning the years 1949 to 1995. 25,000 first printing.
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Image Buddha's Bad Boys
(264 Pages) There are many reason why Western men turn to Eastern religion—searching for inner truth, lost love, loneliness, fleeing the law, hopelessness, alcoholism. Some travel halfway around the world in an attempt to overcome their particular dissoluteness, only to realize that improving yourself is like polishing air. What they eventually discover, nevertheless, is one of the Buddha’s most significant lessons: enlightenment comes to those whose singular focus is on helping others less fortunate. Six stories, six gay men trudging down the road to enlightenment. What they each find is the last thing in the world they expected.
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Image Cantoras
(336 Pages) From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find each other as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family. In 1977 Uruguay, a military government has crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In an environment where citizens are kidnapped, raped, and tortured, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression. And yet, despite such societal realities, Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena--five cantoras, women who "sing"--somehow, miraculously, find each other and discover an isolated cape, Cabo Polonio, inhabited by just a lonely lighthouse keeper and a few rugged seal hunters. They claim this place as their secret sanctuary. Over the next 35 years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. Throughout it all, the women will be tested repeatedly--by their families, lovers, society, and each other--as they fight to live authentic lives. A genre-defining novel and De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. De Robertis has written a novel that is at once timeless and groundbreaking--a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn.
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Image Cemetery Boys
(352 Pages) A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his conservative Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys. Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
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Image Chulito: A Novel
(317 Pages) Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age. coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block --
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Image Coming Out: An Anthology of International Gay and Lesbian Writings
(557 Pages) Gathers essays, interviews, letters, and journals written by gay and lesbian writers, and looks at how gay men and women are treated around the world
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Image Coming Up from the Down Low: The Journey to Acceptance, Healing, and Honest Love
(191 Pages) The follow-up to the bestselling "On the Down Low" offers prescriptive advice on the DL phenomenon as King answers the most frequently asked questions about the subject.
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Image Daddy, Papa, and Me
(18 Pages) A baby makes paper airplanes, bakes a pie, and has a tea party with his two loving fathers. On board pages.
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Image Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories
(314 Pages) A collection of 49 stories, poems, essays and interviews about coming out as a black lesbian.
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Image Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories
(314 Pages) A collection of 49 stories, poems, essays and interviews about coming out as a black lesbian.
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Image Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories
(314 Pages) A collection of 49 stories, poems, essays and interviews about coming out as a black lesbian.
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Image Eighteen
(240 Pages) eighteen by alberto ramos, is a journey of growth and becoming and it's divided into three parts. each part deals with a different stage, represented as the different cycles of the metamorphosis of a butterfly, and illustrated by the author. the ending as the larva, deals with abuse, homophobia, loss, bullying and suicide. the transition as the cocoon, explores self-discovery, healing, grieving, forgiveness, life and death. the beginning as the butterfly, is a celebration of one self and of the existing beauty in this world. it exudes love and power. joy and hope after the misery. alberto ramos was just fifteen when he moved from his hometown málaga spain to stockholm sweden and left his family and friends behind to join his bestfriend on their long-awaited international high school experience. little did he know what he thought would be the beginning was nothing but endings. eighteen is the journey since the ending until the beginning.
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Image Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
(336 Pages) While many feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality—sometimes just as fiercely as the straight, male-centric mainstream does. Among LGBTQ activists, there is a long history of lesbians and gay men dismissing bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities. In each case, exclusion is based on the premise that certain ways of being gendered or sexual are more legitimate, natural, or righteous than others. As a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano has spent much of the last ten years challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements. In Excluded, she chronicles many of these instances of exclusion and argues that marginalizing others often stems from a handful of assumptions that are routinely made about gender and sexuality. These false assumptions infect theories, activism, organizations, and communities—and worse, they enable people to vigorously protest certain forms of sexism while simultaneously ignoring and even perpetuating others. Serano advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.
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Image Fiebre Tropical
(240 Pages) "In this novel told in Spanglish, fifteen-year-old Francisca is uprooted from her life in Bogotá, Colombia, and moves with her family to Miami, Florida, where she is ushered into an evangelical church and falls in love with the pastor's daughter" --
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Image Gay Life and Culture: A World History
(384 Pages) A global history from ancient times to the present, told through a series of essays by more than a dozen noted scholars, discusses a wide range of topics, from the Old Testament relationship between Jonathan and David and the Age of Confucius to Native American berdaches and the advent of AIDS. 10,000 first printing.
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