Labels aren’t all that bad when they’re used consciously, but a major downside of using labels to describe an identity—even the labels we wear proudly as badges of courage—is that lables set up us-versus-them scenarios. The next generation of gender outlaws is seeking to dismantle us-versus-them. As a people, none of us deserves to hear the words “You’re not welcome here,” or “You’re not good enough,” or “You’re not real.” My Goddess, we just have to stop saying that to each other, all of us whose identity somehow hinges on gender or sexuality. We have to stop beating up on each other.
- Kate Bornstein, in this blog post “Who You Calling a Tranny?”
LGBTQ* Theory Books (You May Want) To Know
Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory (Gender and Culture) - Lynne Huffer
Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) - Qwo-Li Driskill (Editor), Chris Finley (Editor), Brian Joseph Gilley (Editor), Scott Lauria Morgensen (Editor)
Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism - Patricia Gherovici
Queer Cowboys: And Other Erotic Male Friendships in Nineteenth-Century American Literature - Chris Packard
Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique (Critical American Studies) - Roderick A. Ferguson
Trans* and Gender Videos You May Have Missed
Kate Bornstein Interview (shot for documentary Genderf*kation)
LGBTQ* News and Television You Should Have Caught
Melissa Harris-Perry’s “Being Transgender in America”
LGBTQ* Quotes from Writers You Should Know
LGBTQ Literature To Keep On Your Radar
Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws is by transsexual author Kate Bornstein. The book should probably be on every required reading list in every high school, as it’s one of the most unique teenage suicide prevention manuals that I’ve come across. As the title suggests, there are 101 alternatives to suicide inside, and only one rule: “Don’t be mean.” The alternatives cover both the mild (moisturize) to the maybe-not-so-desirable-for parents (get laid). Bornstein writes a blog that serves as a kind of accompaniment for the book, Kate Bornstein’s Blog for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.
Recommended ages: I’d say 12 & up, but use your judgement. Some of the alternatives might not be the best for younger kids, but bullying happens at all ages.
Psst…if you’re looking for something for the five-and-under set, Barbara Lynn Edmonds’s When Grown-Ups Fall in Love is a great place to start. It’s never too early!
(above from offbeatmama.com)
(thanks offbeatmama.com and fuckyeahlesbianliterature.tumblr for sharing this)