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The ABC's of LGBT+

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Hello and welcome to the ABC’s of LGBT. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth written definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, links to online videos, and more, Mardell aims to provide a friendly voice to a community looking for information.

Beyond those searching for a label
Paperback, 190 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Mango Media
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Rachel When the book was written the Author's name was Ashley Mardell. Since then, and following their marriage, the Author changed their name to Ash Hardell…moreWhen the book was written the Author's name was Ashley Mardell. Since then, and following their marriage, the Author changed their name to Ash Hardell :)(less)
Joey My edition of the book also has 189 pages, 180 if you don't count the appendix bits.

It's possible that the ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of the book…more
My edition of the book also has 189 pages, 180 if you don't count the appendix bits.

It's possible that the ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of the book didn't have the Cheat Sheet at the beginning which is exactly 10 pages long and it's mentioned in the book that it was added later on. So if the page count here is based on ARCs it's possible that this could be causing the difference in page count.

It's very common for books to change slightly from ARC to first official published edition, and often the information input on goodreads is based on ARCs, however never having seen or read an ARC of this book I can't be sure this is the case ^^''

I think the edition that's around 200 pages is the digital e-book one though, so if you have a physical copy the one with less pages should be the right one to choose!(less)

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This is one of the most important books I've found that addresses quite everything in regards to representing the LGBTQIA+ community. It begins with an introduction of a condensed version with the many terms and identities found in The ABC’s of LGBT+, which really, really helped a lot.

Going into this, I was personally looking forward to the abundance of new knowledge that would end up transforming my mind. I was also really appreciative of the personal stories “included from approximately 40 LGB
Danika at The Lesbrary
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was great! Very inclusive, accepting, and thoughtful.

Some of the things I liked:
- people explaining their own identities!
- such a huge range of identities covered!
- the colourful illustrations and colour photos of contributors throughout!
- the recognition of the complexity of the topics being discussed
- the emphasis put on having a big range of editors and proofreaders and contributors
- the inclusion of discussions of more thorny issues
- the accessibility of the text
- I got to learn about
✩ Ashley ✩
5 Stars

“We have two ideas that pop into our heads when forming an opinion, the first idea is what we are conditioned to think, the second idea is what determines who we are as people.”

My brain is currently chock-full of amazing information... This [text]book is so important, well-done, and inclusive I’m going to melt! ♡ Honestly, it’s really hard to write a proper review because every time I try, it doesn’t seem like I can do it justice. This book makes it impossible NOT to challenge soci
JV (semi-hiatus)

An inclusive, diverse, handy reference book for those unfamiliar with the LGBTQIA+ community. Mardell tackles sex, gender, orientations, spectrums and other topics that are both comprehensive and relevant. Careful not to obfuscate gender identities, sexual, or romantic attractions, Mardell meticulously discusses various terminologies and further supports it with personal accounts of individuals that accurately portrays how they think, feel, and perceive themselves. It's an honest book that is we
Nicole Craswell
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was so wonderful! A fantastic crash course in LGBT+ terms, identities, and concepts. I consider myself fairly well versed in gender and sexuality but I still learned a ton about identities I had never even heard of before. I love how careful Ashley Mardell was to always make sure she was in conversation with people who identify with the terms she's defining, getting personal anecdotes as often as possible.

I also love and really respect how open she was about the information she didn't know
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference for anyone who wants to further their understanding of the wide variety of diverse identities in our world today. Indeed, the "cheat sheet" of terms covers ten pages at the beginning of this book! I liked the straight forward conversational writing style, colorful illustrations and personal stories. My youngest son came out as female to male transgender FTM a dozen or so years ago, and my daughter came out as bi-sexual within the last five years, so my education in this ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely inclusive, helpful book, with lots of room for nuance and examples. It was really heartwarming to read and I know I'll end up picking it up often just to look up specific parts. I'd be inclined to call it an essential guide if you're part of the LGBTQIA+ community or just want to read more about these topics!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is so so great that this book exists. It’s both a super helpful and accessible place to start for young people who are dipping their toes into the LGBTQIA+ waters and also an almost shockingly comprehensive overview of terms & ideas that would help a more experienced/older reader. Unless you’re a total expert (and maybe even if you are), I guarantee there will be something you haven’t heard of in here — there were a bunch of terms/identities that I didn’t know, like abrosexual, diamoric, ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most of the information in this wasn't new to me, and occasionally it just felt like being bombarded with terminology, but it has an index and a quick guide making it easy to look up stuff again. Also I liked that it added personal stories from members of the queer community to the explanations, gave the whole thing a bit more of a personal touch instead of just dry theory. So, all in all definitely a good resource.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a book about lots of LBGT* terms, gender identities, sexual identities, etc. All these terms are explained and there are examples and stories from people who identify with these terms.

It was so nice to read a book about not just the most known terms like bisexual and gay but all the other terms that aren't talked about a lot but that are just as valid.
I loved the tiny, adorable illustrations and the super interesting stories made by so many different people!

You can totally notice that a
Zoe (readabilitea)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I'm so happy this book exists.

I've been thinking about gender and sexuality more and more recently, and this book has helped me learn more, ask more questions, and has made me want to explore to topic even more. It is packed full with information, and what I loved most was the different opinions that were expressed throughout. There was no "this is how it is", but instead "this is how a lot of people interpret this" and "this is why some people have issues with this". It promotes discussion rath
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Reads kind of like a textbook but has some awesome visuals. (Hence the 2nd star.) The 1st 10 pages were definitions & that's a bit overwhelming. It would've been nice to have them dispersed throughout the book and/or put at the end. Then you are not just bogged down right away.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, listened-to
It turns out that I can find a book super insightful and informative and still think it’s pretty boring. I’ll admit, I’m a little disappointed that this book wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as the title, cover, and even book blurb led me to believe it would be. I hoped for more anecdotes from a diverse group of people. I wanted it to have more story telling and less content that felt like a textbook. But as a resource and a sort of crash course in LGBT+ terminology and identities, it was pretty great ...more
Bregje (B a Reader)
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lgbtqia
Definitely an important book and helpful in explaining lesser known identities and orientations! However, the book was quite a dry read and because of that it took me a long time to finish. Being familiar with Ash's creative and humorous videos on Youtube I guess I was expecting their style to shine through a bit more. That just has to do with my own expectations, this book definitely does what it sets out to do, namely explaining LGBT+ terms. I appreciated how often Ash would acknowledge that o ...more
Adam Webling
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This non-fiction covers EVERYTHING you need to know about all things LGBTQ+. I know I’m not the only one who gets confused by certain identities encompassed in the + and know there’s plenty I’ve never heard of before - well, this book delves into 80 of them!

Now, as someone who isn’t a massive fan of labels due to idenfying as bisexually and having to deal with society’s connotations of this, I decided to use this book as a way to become more comfortable with labels again while learning a lot. An
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full of important information as well as personal anecdotes, this is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to have a clearer understanding of gender, sexuality, identity, and the terminology that helps individuals clarify those aspects for themselves. As it says on the back of the book, "Whether you are a questioning teen, a teacher or parent looking for advice or anyone wanting to learn the language of respect, this book is an essential guide for you." As a librarian and an ally, it is one ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
this was very nice, i enjoyed this very much!
the book is basically a glossary on everything sexual and gender orientation. it's divided into different sections, explaining everything built on one another. although it's a lot of information, it's nicely illustrated with coloured drawings (v cute) and stories of individuals that explain how they experience and live the explained identity.
i feel like there was a lot of research going into this book. at the beginning, the editors are introduced, wh
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review will hopefully follow soon!
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although a little dense (80 terms to learn, some old and some new), I consider this mandatory reading for those within and without the LGBTQIA+ community! It explicitly states that it is not The Authority on a lot of this stuff, especially things concerning people of color and identities specific to other nationalities and cultures. [Ash doesn't define hijra and two-spirit because they did not have any people identifying with those identities working on the book.] They also note when an identi ...more
Barry Raifsnider
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This books is absolutely fantastic for starting or refreshing your knowledge about LGBTQIAP+ identities; I knew a lot of the information in the book, but also learned a lot too! I wish it was in basically every school and library, so more people could read it and educate themselves. It's very inclusive and easy to understand, which I really appreciated. It even acknowledges that not every definition given in the book is the absolute only definition for that identity (for example, one definition ...more
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Review originally published 23 March 2018 at Falling Letters. This book is available for (legitimate) free download here!

The ABC’s of LGBT+ introduces over 100 terms to describe gender, sexual, and romantic identities. The book consists of three sections preceded by a “cheat sheet” that briefly introduces the vocabulary: 1) spectrums and how one can use them to work out their identity, 2) gender, and 3) sexual and romantic identities. Hardell wrote this book primarily for newbies, whether they
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really helpful book! Because there are so many terms, this is perfect for both beginners and people with experience within the LGBTQ+ world. The author uses language that is easy to understand and includes excerpts from people with the identity that's being explained. I wasn't so sure I'd learn something new since I knew a lot of terms, but I definitely learned about a few new terms and I also understood some other terms better. It helped me understand my own identity as well, and not be so hard ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was not super engaging, especially as an audiobook. It's essentially a catalog of identities with descriptions, examples, and first-person stories. I thought it would be a little more narrative. However, I did learn a lot about gender identity that I did not know before and it will really help me navigate LGBT+ issues better. It does a great job of giving definitions without sticking people in boxes. That can be a little frustrating in its ambiguity at times, but is pretty realistic.
As a b
Oct 02, 2017 added it
The ABC's of LGBT+ is a Great resource for information on gender, sexuality, and different terms. It is a must read for those who want to learn more about identity or people who are confuzed on what any of these new terms are so they can be more informed about the subject. Ash also has a YouTube channel called Ash Hardell. This channel has a playlist of videos that talk about subjects in the book (as in the video's script was directly taken from the book). ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, library, print, nf
I think this book is so important that I purchased a print version for myself that I intend to lend out to several people. It's definitely a textbook, but a manageable one, and I did read it cover to cover. I can see this being a fantastic reference for anyone searching for labels, and anyone trying to understand sex and gender identities more thoroughly.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm an idiot trying to be less so. I learned a lot, but unfortunately, I'm still generally uninformed. Good place to start for wannabe allies, but you might end up with more question marks than when you started. (Which is probably good?)
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-home
I recommend this book to everyone who is still searching for a lable or who just wants to learn more about gender and sexuality.
Jamie Coudeville
I'm not really a non-fiction person but this was a very interesting read and I definitely recommend it.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-gsd
I loved how Ash's way of educating from their youtube videod translated into his (Ash is pronoun-indifferent) writing.
Although I had read the sexual/romamtic orientation section as soon as I'd got the book I wanted to reread it to understand different ace identities better.
I'd highly recommend anyone who wants to learn more about the different LGBTQIA+ identities to read this book. It's available for free now, Ash put links under one of her last video's.
Ash has said earlier that looking back
Sergio Ruzen
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book came to my life at the very moment I needed it. I was familiar with the most commonly known terms (like the letters of LGTBQIA) but, lately, I've been struggling with some other new ones for me. In the end, I feel that everything is a consecuence of gender, so I'm glad that Ash has worked so hard to divulgate things like gender seen as a spectrum/gradient, or the sexual orientations that we all easily forget about. Also, 'The ABCs of LGTB+' has helped me to clarify some of the terms I ...more
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Ashley Mardell, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, blogs about her daily life on her YouTube channel. As a result of her kind heart and glowing spirit, Mardell has developed a strong bond with her viewers. She's trusted, loved and admired for her voice in the LGBTQIA+ community. Her insight and honest approach to LGBTQIA+ education has helped millions of kids and adults understand who they ar ...more