First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far)
In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of nonfiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer experience, from coming out to “passing” as straight to growing old to living proud. These are the stories of contemporary gay and lesbian life—and by definition, are funny, sad, hopeful, and truthful. Representing a diversity of genders, a
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1) while the majority voice was white, able, cis-gendered North American, the editors made sure to promote a wide variety of viewpoints in terms of race, culture, ability and gender identity. This was really nice as a lot of queer lit tends to be either young cis-gendered white dudes or middle-aged cis-gendered white lesbians. This wasn't as diverse as i ...more
Plus, a story from me about finding a bird in Paris, and giving him to a French lifeguard.
ETA: Okay, it turns out that those two essays were the most iffy in the book. Lots of interesting st ...more
First Person Queer- Ed. By Richard Labonte & Lawrence Schimel
“Nowadays, when I sneak a sidelong glance at my reflection in some shop window, I see someone rapidly approaching “just this side of elderly.” Wild Nights- Simon Sheppard.
This is from the opening of my favorite essay in the book. Approaching seventy, I’m not sure if I’ve crossed over the line to “elderly;” I’m not sure I know what elderly is. Maybe it’s more than a number. I don’t feel elderly, most days.
I don’t think there is a...more
But I enjoyed it. It's was great to see through a window into lives usually unheard and unseen in mainstream America. Plus the sheer volume of different experiences, both related to being queer and just part of the human experience was invigorating. There were a variety of cultures represented and even a slam poetry piece written by a self ...more
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This was how I wanted to be. Not just sexually, although certainly that way too. This is how I wanted to move through the world.
-- Karen Taylor (from "Daughters of Zelophehad") ”