This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.~Goodreads Blurb
It needs to made very clear that just because a section of the library is for younger or older people, that does not mean that you cannot go looking for books over there. Heck, I discovered that there were comics in the library at a young age by wandering around the nonfiction section.(741.5 for all you looking for comics if your library doesn’t have a Graphic Novel section) So I have always felt comfortable wandering into the YA section or the children's reading room if I want to find the latest Eoin Colfer book. (Because Artemis Fowl is a series that I need in my life) I went over to the YA section to see if there was anything new that didn’t have vampires or werewolves as I got my fill on those when I was younger and Twilight was everywhere. In Great Falls, Montana you might not expect people to be quite so open and to be fair we do fall into a number of stereotypes that don’t always make us look good. But it looks like the GFPL is doing something to fix that with the younger generation. I never thought I would find a book about Queer HIstory or BLM but there they were. I snatched up this latest book, “Queer There and Everywhere” Never would have thought to find a book like that in here when I was growing up.
I would consider myself pretty knowledgeable about history and I love the old idea of these two women lived together and called each other wife and had a boston wedding but they were definitely “Gals being Pals” There were entries in here that I had completely missed in history and I love that I was looking at different entries from new angles. The usage of the correct pronouns or in some cases the use of “they” when the person had never specified how they felt, gave me a warm feeling. To often we see people held up by simple pronoun changes. I am glad to have found this book lays it out in simple easy to read language that not only provides information but also has the footnotes to back it up. This is a great read for anyone who feels alone or different and is worrying about what they will be able to do. Even in the past people had to worry about their place in the world and this book shows that it does get better! I would recommend this book to everyone. To young kids reading about history, to adults who think this whole Queer thing is a phase, to members of the LGBT+ community who may not know their own history. Don’t be that person who doesn’t understand how important Stonewall was for everyone. I may have checked out this book from my library but you can be sure that I am already looking for my own copy.
Freelance Editor & Reviewer