Quick Reads That Make My Queer Heart Skip A Beat

Quick Reads

Introducing Teddy by Jess Walton. I don’t even know where to begin with this sweet and tender children’s book without spoiling it. Jess Walton knocks it out of the park with this one: it’s a children’s book that has a transgender character that isn’t rejected and who doesn’t perpetuate the stereotype that transgender people are born in the wrong bodies. There may or may not have been tears when I read this picture book the first time, but there were definitely gender feels.

Princeless Volume 1, Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley. Do you love fairy tales AND strong Black female leads AND YA comic books? Look no further. This comic book by Jeremy Whitley kicks butt. Princess Adrienne doesn’t need any old prince charming to come save her. She can save herself (and maybe her sisters too) with the help of her guardian dragon.

Pansy by Andrea Gibson. Andrea Gibson’s newest chapbook is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring with pieces about white privilege, gender, and love. Andrea Gibson goes deep into those tender places that many of us try to skirt away from. The words are still reverberating with me over a month later. That said, I don’t recommend reading Andrea Gibson on a plane. You will have all of the feels and no one to talk to except the nine-year-old sitting next to you who is wondering why you’re tearing up at 30,000 feet.

Batgirl Volume 1, Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart. Finally we have a YA comic with a butt-kicking female lead from the DC-verse. In Cameron Stewart’s Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, better known to her friends as Babs, is a typical twenty-something superhero. She just moved across Gotham City to the hip district of Burnside where she makes new friends and tries to balance being a graduate student and fighting crime (and I think my life is tough). I’ve heard critiques because it is such a departure from the previous Batgirl storyline. However, I really appreciated it because the characters in this comic are both diverse and their experiences are so in line with the average millennial experience—well, except for the crime fighting part.

~posted by Micah K.

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