Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Queer, There, and Everywhere

Book 33 of my 2019 Reading Challenge
read from March 30 - April 19

Queer, There, and Everywhere
by Sarah Prager

Summary (via Goodreads)
published 2017

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.

My Opinion
3 stars

I love the premise and research but wonder if the information would be better as a website instead of a book since the author had to add the caveat about how quickly terminology changes.

12 people were completely new to me, 4 were familiar names but didn't know everything (how did I miss the rumors about Abraham Lincoln?), and 6 I knew as activists.

A Few Quotes from the Book
"There has been no time in human history when queer genders and sexualities didn't exist."

"To march freely, demanding equality for all, bravely parading past counter protesters and police, knowing that justice was on your side: that was what it meant to be American, to be alive."