Pride Reads: More Trans and Non-Binary BIPOC Authors

Have you already blown through the last list of poetry by trans and non-binary Black, Indigenous, and People of Color that was posted on Shelf Talk? Well, you are in look, because we’re back with even more amazing reads by trans BIPOC voices. This time, the list includes writing in both poetry and novel formats, and some of them are even available as E-Books on OverDrive – all you need is your Library card, an internet connection, and a compatible device and you’ll be able to access them without ever leaving your home.

Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway
Holy Wild, released in 2018, is the third collection of poetry from Gwen Benaway, who identifies as a trans woman of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She is also currently a PhD candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto. This poetry collection draws extensively on her own encounters with transphobia and how this has intersected with her experience as an Indigenous person in Canada, and ties these intensely individual, personal experiences into the macro historical, social, and political legacies of colonial violence they are ultimately derived from. The poems are also multilingual, utilizing both English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), which definitely adds to both their dynamism and portrayal of her experience. Continue reading “Pride Reads: More Trans and Non-Binary BIPOC Authors”

Pride Reads: Black Women Writers

This Pride month, as the world is rising up in solidarity with American cities protesting against racism, white supremacy, and police brutality, it is sobering to think about the many Black, queer lives that have been lost to these oppressive systems. As queer people, it is also a great time to remember that we celebrate Pride each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which were led by Black trans women in protest against police brutality. Although Black femmes have always been vocal leaders in our queer community, they are also most likely to face discrimination, harassment, and violence, and to have their voices silenced by others among us. Every Pride month, we should remember that Pride was not established to be a party, but a protest – and a protest against systemic racial oppression, at that. To help you do so, here are three books by Black queer women for you to read as Seattle’s queer community grieves and resists alongside our Black community this June. Continue reading “Pride Reads: Black Women Writers”

Staying Healthy with Your Library: LGBTQ History & Culture

With materials from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including major international activist organizations, local, grassroots groups, and governments, the database LGBTQ History & Culture (also known as the Archives of Sexuality and Gender) collects an incredible set of primary sources for the historical study of sex, sexuality, and gender. Use this resource to investigate how sexual norms have changed over time, health and hygiene, the development of sex education, the rise of sexology, changing gender roles, social movements and activism, erotica, and many more topic areas.

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To access this database from your own device, sign in with your library card number and PIN, then select LGBTQ History & Culture from our list of Online Resources. Continue reading “Staying Healthy with Your Library: LGBTQ History & Culture”

Fresh Transgender and Non-binary Fiction

As readers’ interest in diverse voices and experiences continues to expand, it can be challenging to keep up. Here’s a variety of recent novels and stories that reflect on aspects of transgender and non-binary lives and identities; see our accompanying list for more.

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#BookBingoNW2018: LGBTQIA Author or Character

Throughout history the personal stories of LGBTQIA+ people have been either ignored or told secondhand, but as readers we can address this by seeking out memoirs, biographies, Book Cover of Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mockand historical works that center LGBTQIA+ voices. Writer and activist Hida Viloria’s trailblazing memoir Born Both: an Intersex Life explores the author’s intersex identity and activism. Janet Mock’s Surpassing Certainty is a solid follow-up to her previous memoir Redefining Realness, further cementing Mock as an essential modern transgender voice. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, by transgender author Kai Cheng Thom, is an unforgettable fictionalized memoir that speaks vital truths. Inspired by his identity as a gay Chinese American man, When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen is an honest and witty poetry collection that received the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: LGBTQIA Author or Character”