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Queer Book Club's Hogwart's House Reading List


ALL of the following text is from the posts of QueerBookClub.tumblr.com:

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This is the first of four recommended reading lists of queer and queer-ish books, organized by Hogwarts houses! ENJOY.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This story of a young woman captured by Nazis during a spy mission in occupied France has repeatedly been called a tour de force and the best novel of last year. Though not explicitly queer, the heart of the story is the deep, loving friendship of two girls.

Diverse Energies edited by Tobias Buckell and Joe Monti.
This collection of dystopian stories starring heroes of color is perfect for the daring, strong-willed wizards of Gryffindor. A handful of the stories also feature queer protagonists or minor characters.

Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III.
What’s more exemplary of good-hearted headstrong Gryffindor spirit than taking up the cape and fighting evil? Besides starring a lesbian superhero, this volume also features an introduction by Rachel Maddow - we will just have to ignore the fact that she’s basically the nation’s Ravenclaw prefect.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordon
This re-imagining of The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hannah, a woman who finds herself marked as a murderer after an abortion. In this future world, criminals’ skin is colored to indicate the class of their crime. Hannah’s red skin means a life of shame and cruelty - unless she can forge a new path.

Huntress by Malinda Lo
Epic quests. Hostile monsters. The fate of the world. If that’s your kind of story, look no further. Tough, down-to-earth Kaede and gentle, visionary Taisin set out to find out what caused their land to fall into endless cold.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Let’s not get into tropes about transgender people being so brave. I chose this book for this list because Boylan reminds me of Gryffindor in other ways - considerate but honest, amiable but not self-sacrificing, and, you know, popular. Bestselling, even!

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A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World: Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution edited by Karen Green and Tristan Taromino
While this collection of writings from zines of the early 90s riot grrl era and beyond may not be an actual blueprint for world domination, it is just as brash, smart and unapologetic as any Slytherin.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
This story of an isolated teenager’s relationship with a monstrous fish-boy is supposed to be seriously grim. The darkness factor - and the fact that Pottermore tells us that the Slytherin common room windows gives students a view of the creatures the lake - is what makes it a great Slytherin pick.

The Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist by Diane DiMassa
Before some tumblr misandrists were even born, Hothead Paisan was collecting rapists’ spines. Queer Slytherins in need of some guilt-free revenge fantasy should pick this one up - though I implore you to read up on the author’s transmisogyny first.

Sula by Toni Morrison
While not explicitly queer, this story is held together by love between women. Slytherins will likely relate to Sula, a community pariah whose motivations are as incomprehensible to her friends and family as theirs are to her.

Sister Mischief by Laura Goode
Esme Rockett is probably a Gryffindor at heart (they tend to get the leading roles). But she and her friends - outsiders in their lily-white Christian community - employ all their cunning to wreck havoc for the establishment. Sex, drugs and hip-hop make this YA debut a conservative censor’s worst nightmare - or wet dream, maybe.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
This contemporary master of the personal essay always manages to come off as judgmental, selfish, petty, loveable and brilliant. Tapping into our dark spots to charm us, Sedaris is an exemplary Slytherin - and skull-centric cover art doesn’t hurt, either.

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Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This collection of short works on identity, community and authenticity covers a lot of territory - “passing” as related to gender, race, disability, work, nationality, sexuality, and more. Pick it up if you’re itching for more complex perspectives on social justice.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Besides being an absolute masterpiece of the comics format, Bechdel’s memoir about her cold and inscrutable father earns major Ravenclaw appeal with its highbrow literary allusions. If psychology is more your thing, try her other memoir, Are You My Mother?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book tells the story of two Mexican-American teens - Ari, an angry loner, and Dante, a quirky intellectual - who form a transformative bond and ponder over poetry, philosophy and life’s many mysteries. I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet, but I’ve been told it’s one of those rare transcendent young adult books, emotionally resonant and masterfully crafted.

Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman
This latest work from the prolific author and longtime activist chronicles her travels through Tel Aviv and the West Bank and her growing consciousness of the occupation of Palestine. Read it for a knowledgeable queer perspective on a divisive topic.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo
There’s not much on this list for science aficionados, but hopefully some science fiction will suit you. Did you know Malinda Lo did graduate work on The X-Files? This novel, the first in a forthcoming series, has flavors of the 90s TV show and should delight fans of Mulder and Scully, creepy conspiracies, and queer representation in sci-fi lit.

Transgender History by Susan Stryker
For the history buffs - this concise text on transgender people in America between the mid twentieth century and early twenty-first puts trans communities and movements in historical context and offers a compact but comprehensive chronicle of our stories.

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today by Kate Bornstein
This newest memoir is actually one of the few of Auntie Kate’s books that I haven’t read, but I couldn’t resist the Hufflepuff-yellow cover. Open, honest and compassionate, Bornstein’s books always feel like a big hug and kiss to outcasts everywhere. 

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Green might be the most famous living Puff since he proclaimed it on The Late Late Show. I’m not sure what Levithan’s sorting is, but this book - about two boys with one name, how people come together and how they drift apart - is definitely a good one for us sensitive badgers.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
I was tempted at first to prescribe this YA book to Ravenclaws, as its heroine, Astrid, is a philosophy nerd who regularly meets with her invisible friend Socrates. She does, however, nickname him Frank and compare him to a cute dog. Moreover, her questions are more of the heart than the head: How can I be seen for who I am? Why isn’t equality easy? Where can my love be safe?

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray
Need a bright dose of hope? Pick up this beautiful children’s book about a young trans girl who finds someone who believes in her dreams and appreciates her for just who she is.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
A great resource for shy or insecure Hufflepuffs who have trouble communicating, or badger activists who want to get their words across without invalidating anyone’s feelings and experiences. If you get too overwhelmed by conversation, I also recommend The Highly Sensitive Person.

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
While I strongly prefer the Dangerous Angel books that focus on Witch BabyWeetzie’s sunny but sensitive disposition is probably more Hufflepuff appropriate. Her naïveté fits perfectly with mainstream perceptions of Puffs, while her big deep loud love for her chosen family is reminiscent of Hufflepuff as I know it.

UPCOMING LGBTQ* PRIDE EVENTS (Tis’ the Season)
Side Note: KNOWhomo’s Ruth Elizabeth, Cael, and Rebecca will all be attending Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.
April
Miami11 - 13 AprMiami Beach gay pride
Bangkok13 - 15 AprSongkran Thai New Year
Berlin15 - 22 Apr *Easter leather and fetish week
Barcelona16 - 21 AprBearcelona
Berlin19 AprSnax Club

New Orleans20 AprGay Easter Parade
Phuket21 - 27 AprGay Pride Festival
Cleveland24 - 27 AprClaw Leather Awareness
Palm Springs25 - 28 AprWhite Party Palm Springs
Amsterdam26 AprKings Day Amsterdam

Tokyo27 AprTokyo Rainbow Pride
Madrid30 Apr - 4 MaySleazy Madrid
Curacao30 Apr - 4 MaySouthern Caribbean Pride
May
Palm Springs2 - 4 MayBlatino Oasis
Barcelona3 - 8 MayDelice Dream
Sao Paulo4 May *Gay Pride Sao Paulo
Copenhagen5 - 10 MayEurovision Song Contest
Dallas9 - 12 MayPurple Party

Los Angeles17 MayPoseidon
Brussels17 MayThe Belgian Pride
Tirana17 MayTirana Gay Pride
Los Angeles17 - 18 MayLong Beach Pride
Montreal17 - 24 MayOlivia Lesbian Cruise to Boston

New York18 MayNY AIDS Walk
Gran Canaria19 - 26 MayGay Pride Maspalomas
Pensacola22 - 26 MayMemorial Weekend
Puerto Vallarta22 - 26 MayPuerto Vallarte Pride
Miami22 - 27 MaySizzle

Oslo23 - 24 MayValhall Fetish Weekend
Chicago23 - 26 MayBear Pride
Washington D.C23 - 26 MayDC Black Pride
Chicago23 - 26 MayInternational Mr Leather
Las Vegas23 - 26 MayMatinee Las Vegas Festival

Aarhus24 MayAarhus Pride
Birmingham24 - 25 MayBirmingham Gay pride
Paris28 May - 1 JunFierteOurs Bear Pride
Amsterdam29 May - 1 JunAmsterdam Fetish Pride
Düsseldorf30 May - 1 JunCSD Duesseldorf

Vienna31 MayLifeball
June
Orlando3 - 10 JunDisney Gay Days
Orlando5 - 8 JunOne Mighty Weekend
Cologne5 - 9 JunCologne Fetish Pride
Washington D.C6 - 8 JunCapital pride
Los Angeles6 - 8 JunLos Angeles Pride

Dallas6 - 8 JunRazzle Dazzle
Paris6 - 9 JunParis tournament
Boston6 - 16 JunBoston Pride
Hawaii7 JunHonolulu gay pride
Detroit7 - 8 JunMotor City Pride

Philadelphia8 Jun *Philly Gay Pride
Tel Aviv8 - 13 JunTel Aviv Gay Pride
Zürich8 - 15 JunCSD Zürich
Tel Aviv10 - 15 JunForever
Key West11 - 15 JunKey West PrideFest

Sitges12 - 16 JunGay Pride
Shanghai13 - 21 JunShanghai Pride
Athens14 JunAthens Pride
Vienna14 JunVienna Gay Pride
Portland14 - 15 JunPortland Pride

Berlin14 - 15 JunStadtfest Berlin
Dublin14 - 29 JunGay Pride Dublin
Barcelona15 - 22 JunBearcelona Mediterranean Cruise
Vienna18 - 22 JunVienna Fetish Spring
Berlin19 - 22 JunGay Pride Week / CSD Berlin

Istanbul19 - 23 JunIstanball Pride Festival
New Orleans20 - 22 JunGay Pride New Orleans
Oslo20 - 29 JunEuropride 2014
Oslo20 - 29 Jun *Skeive Dager (Oslo gay pride)
Toronto20 - 29 JunWorldPride 2014 Toronto

Rhode Island21 JunRhode Island Pride
Chicago21 - 22 Jun *Chicago Pride
Denver21 - 22 JunGay Pride Fest Denver
Houston21 - 30 JunGay Pride Houston
New York22 JunFolsom Street East

London22 - 29 JunGay Pride London
New York22 - 29 JunHarlem Pride
Istanbul23 - 29 JunIstanbul Gay Pride
Toronto26 - 29 Jun *Prism Festival
Barcelona27 - 29 JunGay Pride Barcelona

New York27 - 29 Jun *NYC Gay Pride
Bologna28 JunBologna Pride
Cleveland28 JunCleveland Pride
Paris28 Jun *Gay Pride Paris
San Francisco28 - 29 Jun *San Francisco Pride

Seattle28 - 29 JunSeattle Pride
Minneapolis28 - 29 JunTwin Cities Pride
Provincetown28 Jun - 5 JulIndependence Weekend
New York29 JunDance at the Pier
July
Madrid3 - 6 Jul *Gay Pride / Orgullo Madrid
Los Angeles4 - 6 JulBlack Pride at the Beach
Cologne4 - 6 JulCologne Gay Pride - CSD
Eindhoven5 JulRoze Zaterdag
London7 - 13 JulFetish Week London

Provincetown12 - 20 JulBear Week
Munich12 - 20 JulCSD Munich
San Diego16 - 20 JulSan Diego Pride
Frankfurt18 - 20 JulCSD Frankfurt
New York18 - 20 JulSand Blast Weekend

Stuttgart18 - 27 JulCSD Stuttgart
Glasgow19 JulGlasgow Pride
Marseille19 - 26 JulLa Demence gay cruise
Amsterdam20 Jul *Milkshake Festival
Copenhagen20 - 27 JulAtlantis Copenhagen to Stockholm gay cruise

Tilburg21 JulRoze Maandag
Zürich23 Jul - 1 AugRSVP Basel Amsterdam Pride River Cruise
Belfast25 Jul - 2 AugBelfast gay pride festival
Hamburg26 Jul - 3 AugHamburg Pride
San Francisco27 JulUp Your Alley

Stockholm28 Jul - 2 Aug *Stockholm Gay Pride
Montreal28 Jul - 3 AugPride Divers / Cite
August
Amsterdam1 - 3 AugAmsterdam Gay Pride
Brighton2 AugBrighton gay Pride
Barcelona2 - 12 AugAtlantis all gay Med Cruise
Vancouver3 AugVancouver gay pride
Toronto3 - 10 AugLeather Pride Weekend

Reykjavik5 - 10 Aug *Reykjavik Gay Pride
Barcelona6 - 17 Aug *Circuit Festival
Antwerp7 - 10 Aug *Antwerp Pride
Chicago9 - 10 AugNorthalsted Market Days
Cleveland9 - 16 Aug2014 Gay Games

Prague11 - 17 AugPrague Gay Pride
Gran Canaria12 - 17 AugDunas Festival
Torremolinos13 - 18 AugMad Bear Beach Party Weekend
Key West14 - 17 AugTropical Heat
New York15 - 17 AugAscension Fire Island

Cardiff16 Aug *Cardiff Mardi Gras
Munich16 AugSchwules Strassenfest
Provincetown16 - 22 AugCarnival
Mykonos20 - 24 AugXLsior
Manchester22 - 25 Aug *Manchester Gay Pride

Calgary22 Aug - 1 SepCalgary gay pride
Black Rock Desert25 Aug - 1 SepBurning man
Copenhagen26 - 31 AugGay Pride Copenhagen
New Orleans27 Aug - 1 SepSouthern Decadence
Wörthersee28 - 31 AugPink Lake Festival

Austin30 Aug - 1 Sep *Splash Days
Queenstown30 Aug - 6 SepGay Ski Week Queenstown
San Francisco31 AugOakland Gay Pride
September
Las Vegas2 - 8 SepGay Days Las Vegas
Reykjavik4 - 7 SepBears On Ice
Las Vegas5 - 6 SepLas Vegas Pride
Sitges5 - 14 SepInternational Bears Week
Florianopolis7 SepGay Pride Florianopolis

Miami11 - 15 SepKiki Cruise
Benidorm12 - 13 Sep *Benidorm Gay Pride
Berlin13 - 14 SepFolsom Europe
Austin20 SepAustin Gay Pride
Dallas21 SepDallas Gay Pride

San Francisco21 SepFolsom Street Fair
Curacao24 - 28 SepCuracao Gay Pride
Orlando25 - 28 SepBear Bash
Orlando29 Sep - 5 OctOrlando Pride


Sources

Sources: 
Gay Liberation Day Photo (Stonewall Inn/Sheeps Meadow, 1970)

Pride Calendar - Night Tours Website 

What About You?



Know other events? Which Pride are you going to?

UPCOMING LGBTQ* PRIDE EVENTS (Tis’ the Season)

Side Note: KNOWhomo’s Ruth Elizabeth, Cael, and Rebecca will all be attending Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.

April

May

June

July

August

September

Sources

Sources: 
Gay Liberation Day Photo (Stonewall Inn/Sheeps Meadow, 1970)

What About You?

Know other events? Which Pride are you going to?

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Fashion and Expression
THE HANKY CODE
 Click here for (Gay Male) chart
Created in the 1970s as a code between gay/bisexual men. 
AJ of the Beaver Bunch’s Female/Lesbian Hanky Code
— Click Here For (Lesbian) Chart

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Fashion and Expression

THE HANKY CODE

 Click here for (Gay Male) chart

Created in the 1970s as a code between gay/bisexual men. 

AJ of the Beaver Bunch’s Female/Lesbian Hanky Code

Click Here For (Lesbian) Chart

Apr 6

Call Out for All SPRING Research / LGBTQ* Research Requests

Working on a paper?

Interested in how many incarnations of the Gay/Lesbian Flag there were before our standard six color rainbow?

Unsure when “homosexual” became a term? Or that it predates the term “heterosexual” by a few years?

Want to know more about Queen Christina? 

Is it true that -…?

KNOWhomo is taking their quarterly roundups / asks for this season’s posts. If you’d like to know more about a topic, leave it below. You can also ask anonymous HERE.

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca

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Apr 3
KNOWhomo’s First Book Club

We are kicking off our Book Club/Book Discussion Group with Francesca Lia Block’s LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING. 
We will host two events (you may participate via webcam, voice, or type) in April. We will post the dates soon. 
So grab a copy at your local library (request an interlibrary loan if needed), visit your local independent bookstore, or visit your favorite place for bibliophile needs and join us. We’ll see you soon. 
Following from GoodReads.com:
Love in the Time of Global Warming 
by Francesca Lia Block 
Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

KNOWhomo’s First Book Club

We are kicking off our Book Club/Book Discussion Group with Francesca Lia Block’s LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING. 

We will host two events (you may participate via webcam, voice, or type) in April. We will post the dates soon. 

So grab a copy at your local library (request an interlibrary loan if needed), visit your local independent bookstore, or visit your favorite place for bibliophile needs and join us. We’ll see you soon. 

Following from GoodReads.com:

Love in the Time of Global Warming 

Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
Apr 1

UPDATE: 

First and foremost, this VIDEO is LOVELY

Congrats, Sam(!) on hitting your goal with 21 days to go. I’m excited for your stretch goals and I’m super stoked that FAMILY PORTRAITS will be printed. Keep On, Keeping On! - R.

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Comic Artists (I) Ship!

If you haven’t read Rooster Tails yet, I would tell you to make your first visit right now. Sam Orchard is a fantastic artist, based in New Zealand, who chronicles his life and his community with insight, humor, and details so fine the smallest brush would miss them. The KNOWhomo family has considered Sam one of our literary / comic heroes for years. 

(Following is a Personal Plug, not a KNOWhomo Plug):

Sam has launched a Kickstarter to help with his next project “Family Portraits” and assist with his trip to the United States. 

He writes: 

"(I also) draw an autobiographical webcomic called Rooster Tails, which explores my life, as a queer trans guy, with my partner Joe.  

I want to raise money to print the first two issues of Family Portraits and do an American Tour so I can meet my readers (since most of you wonderful folks live in the US), visit comicons, and see my parents!

I love sharing stories about how awesome queer and trans people are. A lot of the time movies and tv shows tell us that not being straight or cis makes us sad or bad. But actually we are amazing. “

I, Rebecca, would love to see that dream come true for him. I am also greedy and want more of his work published for my personal comic/graphic collection.

If you’d like to check out Sam’s Kickstarter - CLICK HERE

If you’d like to check out Sam’s Tumblr - CLICK HERE

If you’d like to read Rooster Tails - CLICK HERE

Best (And Go Sam, Go!) - Rebecca

Political Cartoons You May Have Missed
Artist: Joe Heller (from Cagle.com)

Political Cartoons You May Have Missed

Artist: Joe Heller (from Cagle.com)

LGBTQ* Rappers You Might Have Missed:

Le1f, “Boom”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got this on repeat. After three mix tapes and an EP, I’m stoked to know that he just announced a record deal with XL/Terrible Records, and is finally working on a debut album. 

Can’t wait until then? Check out his sound cloud HERE.

(Lyrics vaguely NSFW)

KNOWhomo’s First Book Club

We are taking votes from now until March 30th for our first KNOWhomo Online/Multi-Chat Book Group (as well as a punny/spiffy name).

The selection has been narrowed down to the books below.

Please include your insight. The book with the most responses will kick us off.

All blurbs below are copied from GoodReads.com

Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming #1)

Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

Fun Home

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.
When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive

Stuck Rubber Baby

by Howard CruseTony Kushner (Introduction)
A truly eye-opening comic. The story is set in the South in the early ’60s and deals with homophobia, racism and the gay subculture of that period. The art is absolutely beautiful; Cruse is a master of the cross-hatching technique, which gives a certain “texture” to his art work and brings his pages to life. Stuck Rubber Baby is easily the most important comic book since Art Spiegelman’s Maus

Hero

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be

I Am J

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was; a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends…from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding - it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J’s struggle to love his true self.

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Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. ~Roberto Assagioli

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Personal Statement:

I have a lot of feelings and thoughts about Fred Phelps death. Many of which I know are healthy and considered understandable (being a queer* wom(a/y)n). I also know that the only way to beat an oppressor is to rise above their actions.  —- And I’m going to try. 

I lieu of flowers (or hate mail), I will continue to vote. I will continue to volunteer at LGBTQ* Outreach and student events. I will continue to research. I will continue to share. I will continue to love. I will continue to be a strong person who understands my privilege and actively works towards recognizing others who are given less (and do my best to change my daily actions to break such vicious cycles). I will continue to fight with my intelligence and voice. 

And I will flourish. 

Good bye and goodnight, Fred Phelps.

-Rebecca, creator and co-moderator of KNOWhomo.tumblr

LGBTQ* Conferences You May Have Missed:

International Trans Women of Colour Gathering at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI

The gathering is all set to take place on June 19th, 2014. It’s being coordinated by Lexi Adsit, b. binaohan, micha cardenas, Askari Gonzalez, and Sam Andazola. 

From the organizers (via “about” on their awesome Tumblr page):

"This network gathering will seek to connect diverse and dispersed trans women of colour so that we can begin to build the bridges, networks, and resources necessary to transform our communities using media and technology. Our network gathering will focus on sharing wisdom and skills between the Trans Women of Colour already living/working/existing on the front lines through a combination of workshops, skill shares, and networking activities. We hope that all of the people involved will walk away with not only the knowledge and connections needed to make change in their own communities, but with an international network of Trans Women of Colour that will aid us all in creating real and lasting change.

Trans Women of Colour exist at an intersection of oppression that has resulted in our high levels of poverty, unemployment, incarceration, death (Black and/or Latina trans women make the majority of names on the global Trans Day of Remembrance list), among other serious problems too numerous to name.

While we have intentionally chosen to use ‘Trans Women of Colour’ this Network Gathering is inclusive of non-binary trans feminine people of colour as well, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people of colour who identify as bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, provided that they/we understand that this gathering will focus on and centre the most vulnerable in our community — Black, Indigenous, and/or Latina trans women, binary or not, sex workers, incarcerated people, disabled people, immigrants.”

If you’d like to attend, check out more info HERE.

If you’d like to show some support, check out more info HERE.

<3 Ruth Elizabeth

 

LGBTQ* Theory Books (You May Want) To Know

  • Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory - Mimi Marinucci
  • Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory (Gender and Culture) - Lynne Huffer

  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - Judith Butler
  • 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

     

  • Queer Girls in Class (Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) - Lori Horvitz 
LGBTQ* Gallop Polls (You May Have Missed)
2012&#8217;s Gallup Poll: 
"Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?"
3.4% of those you participated said &#8220;Yes&#8221;
On the Poll&#8217;s Wording:
Being ignored and not finding your representation is not empowering and can lead to many voices not being recorded. No one should be erased. Sadly, many people believe LGBT(Q*) is the most inclusive way to ask everyone who does not identify as cis- and heterosexual. We need a more inclusive way to ask these questions and properly document and record our neighbors. Do you have any recommendations on better wording? 

Note: I, Rebecca, am knee deep in statistics for an upcoming KNOWhomo (Kh) project. If you have participated in any Campus, University , School, or Community Polls, similar to this, feel free to send me information. And as always:  Keep On, Keeping On!

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LGBTQ* Gallop Polls (You May Have Missed)

2012’s Gallup Poll: 

"Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?"

3.4% of those you participated said “Yes”

On the Poll’s Wording:

Being ignored and not finding your representation is not empowering and can lead to many voices not being recorded. No one should be erased. Sadly, many people believe LGBT(Q*) is the most inclusive way to ask everyone who does not identify as cis- and heterosexual. We need a more inclusive way to ask these questions and properly document and record our neighbors. Do you have any recommendations on better wording? 

Note: I, Rebecca, am knee deep in statistics for an upcoming KNOWhomo (Kh) project. If you have participated in any Campus, University , School, or Community Polls, similar to this, feel free to send me information. And as always:  Keep On, Keeping On!

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Mar 7

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons (You May Have Missed)

all cartoons found via Cagle.com

Mar 7

Changing My Major
Alexandra Socha

Musicals You Should Know

FUN HOME The Musical 

Following NSFW! - Song about that first wom(y/a)n you sleep with in college and the love you give that person.

"Changing My Major" - Alexandra Socha

Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name.