LGBTQ* Books (Currently) On Our To-Read Shelf
Following from Ariel Schrag’s Webpage
ADAM (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When Adam Freedman—a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California—is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of 2006, a year of gay marriage demonstrations and the rise of transgender rights, and Casey has thrust herself into that scene. Soon, Adam finds himself part of a wild lesbian subculture complete with underground clubs, drinking, and hot older women everywhere he turns. It takes some time for him to realize that many in this new crowd assume he is trans—a boy who was born a girl—or why else would this baby-faced guy always be around?
Then Adam meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams — but she’s a lesbian and couldn’t possibly be interested in him. Unless—it occurs to Adam—passing as a trans guy might actually work in his favor…
Ariel Schrag’s scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin.
“Ariel Schrag’s book is a kind of ‘Adam in Wonderland,’ with its young hero exploring worlds usually kept underground. An insightful, funny, and unexpected love story, told with wit and compassion.” — Aimee Mann
"The sexual revolution is finally over, and Ariel Schrag has won. Adam is the most twisted, hilarious, and deeply gratifying reading experience I have had in a long time." —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
I’m (Rebecca) a fan of Schrag’s graphic novels. I highly recommend those. Hearing that Schrag has a new work is quite exciting. At this time, I have not read Adam, but I am planning to in the next few weeks.
While I am not recommending the text, I do recommend the author. I also find myself drawn to read it after reading Bechdel’s thoughts on the text.
Has anyone read Adam? What’d you think? Does the subject material excite you? Does the premise make you cautious?
LGBTQ* Comedy and YouTube Videos
You May Have Missed
Hannah Hart(of MyDrunkKitchen) takes on the life-long question, “Is she gay?”
Gay Marriage / Same-Sex Marriage Political Cartoons
You May Have Missed
All cartoons pulled from Cagle.com
LGBTQ* Graphic Art You May Have Missed
*@&# Asexuals Hear
LGBTQ* Videos You May Have Missed
music: Tricky (False Idols, 2013)
writer/director/editor: Loni Paone
producer: Maggie Ambrose
associate producer: Neil Eckersley
on-set producer (day 2): Brendan Thomas
director of photography: Cooper Vacheron
gaffer: Roger Lee
key grip: Andy Keyes, Andrew Naugle
best boy electric: Ian Jung
grip and electric: Tyler Gilbert, Henry MacLean, Adam Silverstrim
production design: Cheyanne Lee
makeup: Lia Nagamatsu
young son: Ben Manoli
older son: Cameron Stetz
father: Bob Whitelock
principal: Jan Waldo
young woman: Lindsay Kopit
schoolgirls: Riain Keefe, Sadie Keefe, Hannah Perreault
The above video was successfully supported through KickStarter.
LBGTQ* Comics, Graphic Novels and Illustrations
Young Bottoms In Love edited by Tim Fish
Panel above from collection of graphic shorts in Young Bottoms in Love.
Story: Richard Ruane
Art: Brett Hopkins
Lesbian Books To Keep On Your Radar
Lesbian is Germany: 1890’s-1920’s—Lillian Faderman and Brigitte Eriksson
From the first chapter:
"Hymn to the Daughter of the Twentieth Century"
Good fortune is yours!
Life has prepared a soft bed for you
If gentle woman’s love is yours.
You wil not be robbed of it in later years,
For it rests not merely on beauty and assets.
However warm and abundant you are, however selfless,
In the same measure you will be paid back.
My child, if what I say seems alien,
Then simply let it be.
But if a light went on in your heart,
Know that you are not alone.
For I live and love love like this,
Such flowers are wound in my wreath.
Anxiously I had been warned all my life,
"Keep silent, do not risk misunderstanding…
You are walking at a chasm’s edge,
There is danger…”
Yet it seems to me
That all of us who are passing through this life
Are walking at a chasm’s edge.
—Marie von Najmajer
LGBTQ* History You May Not Know
Lisa Ben & Vice Versa
LGBTQ* Off-Topic History
Anti-cross-dressing laws were passed heavily in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century.
Following text from: Transgender History by Susan Stryker
San Francisco’s 1863 Ordinance:
If any person shall appear in a public place in a state of nudity, or in a dress not belonging to his or her sex, or in an indecent or lewd dress, or shall make any indecent exposure of his or her person, or be found guilty of any lewd or indecent act or behavior, or shall exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play, or other representation, he should be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction, shall pay a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.
$500.00 (1863) = $8805 (2010 - estimated)
Conversion based on $1.00 (2010) = $17.61 (1863)
portrait: Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863) Double Portrait 1822
LGBTQ* Graphs, Charts and History
The Kinsey Scale
The Heterosexual-Homosexual Rating Scale created by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1953.
PRIDE 101 Posts (Color Expression)
LGBTQ* Fashion and Expression
THE HANKY CODE (note, this may be NSFW)
Created in the 1970s as a code between gay/bisexual men.
Black/White Checkered means Safe Sex. This should be something everyone communicates and practices without having to flag(IMHO). Be Safe So You Can Keep On, Keeping On. -Rebecca
LGBTQ* Slogan and Flag History
The Rainbow/Pride Flag creation is credited to Gilbert Baker; it debuted at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade in 1978.
The original flag had eight stripes:
pink (sexuality) — red (life) —orange (healing) — yellow (sunlight) — green (nature) — turquoise (magic) — indigo/blue (serenity) — violet (spirit)
Pink and turquoise have since been dropped.
LGBTQ* Film History You Should Know
WINGS (1927, Academy Award Winning Film)
What is it about?
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman become fighter pilots in World War I.
Why is it important?
This film is the oldest surviving footage of a same-sex onscreen kiss and often believed to be the FIRST same-sex kiss on film. WINGS is an important addition to film and queer history with its honest portrayal of the bond and interaction between two men as watched by an audience via celluloid prior to the “macho - men are men” attitude which would go on to flood mentality and film a decade later.
LGBTQ* History in Photography
New York, 1982