Trigger Warnings: Homophobia, transphobia Representation: Lesbian, gay, trans, POC Original Rating: 5 Revised Rating: 4 I got wrapped up in the gay it hapTrigger Warnings: Homophobia, transphobia Representation: Lesbian, gay, trans, POC Original Rating: 5 Revised Rating: 4 I got wrapped up in the gay it happens.
“I cannot understand those so-called 'normal' people who believe that a man should love only a woman, and a woman loves only a man. If this were so, then it disregards completely the spirit, the personality, and the mind, and stresses the importance of the physical body.”
Queer, There and Everywhere is here to help the LGBTQ+ kids of today discover their history in a fun and accessible way.
From what I’ve heard this book is the first of its kind, an LGBTQ+ history book written for teens! That’s hella important and so great that teens are finally going to be able to learn that history was never entirely straight and that is a huge step forward!
So much of history has been straightwashed. We have made leaps and bounds forward only to take a million steps back time and time again in the history of civilization across all cultures and I really happy that this new wave of LGBTQ+ historians are making it their mission to teach the world that we have always been here and you can never get rid of us.
This book is written in a way that will engage teens and that is so important. The reason so many teens find learning about history boring is that it’s written that way, all the fun is sucked out leaving dry text that’ll have teens begging for something more interesting to read.
It’s the reason I didn’t know I liked history until I was in my early 20s. History is made so much more fun and interesting for children, I’m talking primary school aged, but as soon as you hit your teens you’re expected to hold interest even though the fun has been taken away.
When I was a little kid I loved learning, specifically, I was super into learning about Ancient Egypt. I would set myself projects to do during the holidays, picking something that interested me and then researching it and making a poster about what I had learned.
And then I became a teenager and learning was no longer fun, it was exhausting and boring and oh god please just stop I don’t want to learn about difficult men going to war and sacrificing lives over things they could have solved if they just talked. I couldn’t tell you a single thing I learned about history in my high school history class other than there was a cold war and some bomb threats and also witches. They made learning about witches boring! Can you imagine???
If I had a book like this when I was a teen I would have learned and retained a lot more about history, more importantly, I might have actually realised I wasn’t as straight as I thought.
History is important, it’s especially important for marginalised people who have had people in power try and rip their history out from under them.
Some complaints I have is that it’s a little more juvenile than I expected. This would be more suited for 12-15-year-olds in my opinion but in saying that, that’s a crucial bridge between children and teens there and having something like this would probably be great for keeping that age interested enough in history to keep seeking out more of it.
I also would have liked a little more variety. I would have liked to get more than just the LGT part of our history but I also understand that a lot of the labels we have now didn’t always exist and it’s hard to find people in history who might have identified with them but that didn't stop the author from including Joan of Arc even though there isn’t much evidence to support her belonging in the community.
All in all, this is a great addition to the world of history and to any teen’s library. — I read this book as part of my 2018 Library Love binge, where I read as many library books as possible to take advantage of my great local library network before I move interstate! ___ │Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│...more