Debbie Harry Sings in French
By Meaghan Brothers
Johnny’s had kind of a tough life so far, and he’s always been a bit of a freak. His goth look usually includes black nail polish and a little mascara.When he discovers Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, he not only likes her music but realizes that he kind of, sort of, wants to BE her. He’d like to be cool and tough and beautiful like her. He’d like to dress like her. He’s not gay, at least he doesn’t think so. So what does it mean? And what should he tell his amazing new girlfriend?This wise, hip novel introduces shades of gray into the black-and-white ideas of sexuality and gender. Anyone who has ever wished they could be a little bit tough and a little bit glamorous will recognize themselves in Johnny.
The Discreet Lesbian (The Mandy Series)
By Mackenzie Stone
Mandy Blackwood is a product of a strict upbringing in the Eudora Southern Baptist Church. A church steeped in taboos against almost everything, but especially against homosexuality. She has been brought up to make her mother proud – marry, have children, and bring no shame on the family.
She marries Scott, the son of a Southern Baptist minister who is the choir director of his dad’s church; Mandy is the director of the Young People’s Department and Scott is the choir director. The church is full of nosy old busy bodies. It is impossible to do anything outside the ordinary without the pack of gossipy old vultures tearing you to pieces. Mandy and Scott, unable to have children, adopt a baby boy and are seemingly happy.
However, Mandy unexpectedly encounters her true destiny, a graduate student and also a member of her church, Kathleen Crutchfield. Kathleen brazenly makes a pass at Mandy forever changing her life. Feeling new, deliciously different emotions, Mandy, struggles with the implications of what has happened.
Knowing that her life will never be the same, Mandy tries to see if there were clues in her life that should have alerted her to her hidden forbidden identity.
Kathleen captures Mandy’s heart and rules her body with a passion she has never known before. They are made only for each other. They know they must find a way to be together, but how will they get the courage to escape Mandy’s marriage, the church, and Kathleen’s powerful family.
Brooklyn, New York— Lesbian, bisexeual, gay, transgender, and queer people come from all over. Likewise, their stories are diverse and their need for acceptance and understanding requires that everyone think beyond stereotypes. Storytelling is one way to recreate the representation of LGBTQ people by helping queer people learn more about their community, straight people learn more about their neighbors, and everyone learn more about themselves.
The acclaimed website and non-profit organization I’mFromDriftwood shares true, first-person LGBT stories from around the world. Their companion anthology, also titledI’m From Driftwood, has garnered critical praise since its print release. Reviewer Toby Grace of Out in Jersey Magazine said it well: “It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of these sometimes brief, usually simple but always eloquent stories….This is a beautiful book. It shines with honesty, compassion and love. This is a book to put in the hands of young people in the sure knowledge that it will help. Every school library in the country should have copies.” Now, the I’m From Driftwood anthology is widely available for purchase as an ebook. As with the print version, sales go toward keeping the organization and the stories alive.
Edited by founder and executive director Nathan Manske, the I’m From Driftwood anthology compiles some of the most moving stories from the website. The book offers an astounding variety of true stories by LGBTQ people. Written with candor, humor, tears, and bravery, the fifty-one stories inside reflect on real life experiences ranging from one man’s closeted life in Indiana in the 1950s to another man’s membership in an underground gay-straight alliance in present-day Indonesia.
The I’m From Driftwood anthology gives insight into the lives of diverse, individual gay people so that readers may find acceptance for those who are unlike themselves or solidarity with those who are. Reading these words, LGBTQ adults may remember and value their own stories, straight people may learn what it means to be an ally, and LGBTQ youth may feel empowered in knowing that they are not alone.
Nathan Manske is the founder and executive director of I’m From Driftwood.
I’m From Driftwood
ePublication Date: Various, Fall 2012 ♦ $2.99 ♦ ISBN: 9781623097134
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Media: Nathan Manske is available for interviews, as is anthology contributor Jay Blotcher.
Contact: Nathan Manske, (347) 423-4444
Contact: Jay Blotcher, (845) 612-9837
You can also purchase the physical book from the I’m From Driftwood website.
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by JL Merrow
Finding love can be a bumpy ride.
His job: downsized out of existence. His marriage: on the rocks. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting for Tim Knight to agree to get out of London and take over his injured brother’s mountain bike shop for a while. A few weeks in Southampton is a welcome break from the wreck his life has become, even though he feels like a fish out of water in this brave new world of outdoor sports and unfamiliar technical jargon.
The young man who falls—literally—through the door of the shop brings everything into sharp, unexpected focus. Tim barely accepts he’s even in the closet until his attraction to Matt Berridge pulls him close enough to touch the doorknob.
There’s only one problem with the loveable klutz: his bullying boyfriend. Tim is convinced Steve is the cause of the bruises that Matt blows off as part of his risky sport. But rising to the defense of the man he’s beginning to love means coming to terms with who he is—in public—in a battle not even his black belt prepared him to fight. Until now.
Warning: Contains an out-and-proud klutz, a closeted, karate-loving accountant—and a cat who thinks it’s all about him. Watch for a cameo appearance from the Pricks and Pragmatism lovers. May inspire yearnings for fresh air, exercise, and a fit, tanned bike mechanic of your very own.
Boy Meets Boy
by David Levithan
In this delightful young adult novel for readers 12 and up, high school sophomore Paul says, “There isn’t really a gay scene or a straight scene in our town. They got all mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best.” And, as he observes at the end of the story, “It’s a wonderful world.” Paul has both gay and straight friends, and they all hang out together at terrific bookstores and concerts, and advise one another on the sometimes troubled progress of their various romances. Paul is smitten with Noah, and they are beginning a serious relationship when Kyle, Paul’s ex, complicates things by deciding that all is forgiven. Joni is going out with Chuck, who dominates her, much to her friends’ disapproval. Tony’s conservative parents refuse to acknowledge that he is gay, so the others must bone up on Bible verses all week so they can pretend Saturday night is a study group. And then there’s Infinite Darlene, football quarterback and Homecoming Queen, who deserves a whole romance novel of her own. Life in their town is gloriously accepting of differences and only occasionally verges on magic realism, in this first novel in which same sex preference is not the problem. —Patty Campbell
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Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out
by Steve Estes
Drawing on more than 50 interviews with gay and lesbian veterans, Steve Estes charts the evolution of policy toward homosexuals in the military over the past 65 years, uncovering the ways that silence about sexuality and military service has affected the identities of gay veterans. These veteran voices—harrowing, heroic, and on the record—reveal the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans, men and women who simply did their duty and served their country in the face of homophobia, prejudice, and enemy fire. Far from undermining national security, unit cohesion, or troop morale, Estes demonstrates, these veterans strengthened the U.S. military in times of war and peace. He also examines challenges to the ban on homosexual service, placing them in the context of the wider movement for gay rights and gay liberation. Ask and Tell is an important compilation of unheard voices, offering Americans a new understanding of the value of all the men and women who serve and protect them.
The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
By Staceyann Chin
No one knew Staceyann’s mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother’s house in Lottery, Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann’s mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive.
It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica. There, she faced far greater troubles than absent parents. So, armed with a fierce determination and uncommon intelligence, she discovered a way to break out of this harshly unforgiving world.
Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. Hers is an unforgettable story told with grace, humor, and courage.
A personal favourite of mine.
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Dyke Drama: Your Guide to Getting Out Alive
by Leslie Lange
In this essential handbook, noted dyke drama scholar Leslie Lange presents a hilarious history of this cultural institution, passed nobly down from Sappho to “The L Word,” and offers valuable coping and survival tips for all types of situations, including:• how to avoid a barroom altercations with a bat-wielding, softball player
• how to tell if you’re a dangerous lesbian stalker—and how to get rid of one
• the truth about lesbian bed death, pillow princesses, pet custody issues, and drunk drama
• why shedding the stigma of dyke drama is so hard
• what drama-free lesbians do in their spare time (the answer may surprise you)
The Stepsister’s Scheme
by Jim Hines
Cinderella–whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas)–does marry Prince Armand. And if you can ignore the pigeon incident, their wedding is a dream come true.
But not long after the “happily ever after,” Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia–otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty–comes to the rescue (she’s a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away.
That’s when Danielle discovers a number of disturbing facts: Armand has been kidnapped and taken to the realm of the Fairies; Danielle is pregnant with his child; and the Queen has her own very secret service that consists of Talia and Snow (White, of course). Snow is an expert at mirror magic and heavy duty flirting.
Can the three princesses track down Armand and extract both the prince and themselves from the clutches of some of fantasyland’s most nefarious villains?
Although not the main focus, one of the central characters is lesbian. This is the first book in the ongoing fairytale series by the author.
You can read the first chapter HERE (pdf)
*sidenote: I really enjoy this series and would recommend it to all those interested in a fairytale remix of buttkicking proportions.
10, 000 Dresses
by Marcus Ewert
Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows… . Unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. “You’re a BOY!” Mother and Father tell Bailey. “You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all.” Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey’s dreams come true!
This gorgeous picture book—a modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside—will delight people of all ages
Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones
Edited by Mary Boenke
This is a family oriented book published especially for families, friends, and others interested in understanding and learning about transgendered persons. It deals with all ages and types of transgender - FTM, MTF, Intersex, crossdressing, and androgeny.
There are seven sections:
Section one is comprised of stories written by parents of very young gender variant children, i.e pre-schoolers and school age children who insisted they were not the gender their parents thought they were.
Section two is by parents of adult transgenders, each describing their child’s coming out process and the journey this revelation started for both the adult child AND the whole family.
Section three includes stories by spouses and partners who have weathered the trauma of living through a gender change with their most significant other.
Section four is by strategic others - grandparents, siblings, friends, children of trangenders.
In Section five, transgender folks tell about coming out to their children, with both positive and some painful results.
Section Six includes short autobiographies by transgender persons, who are FTM, MTF, Intersex, crossdresser, and androgenous.
In Section Seven, several psychotherapists talk about common issues transgenders raise in therapy.
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by Jordan Castillo Price
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.
Read excepts and samples from the PsyCop series.
by Simon Doonan
Simon Doonan’s childhood was a curious mix of small town boredom and bright light city dreams. Growing up in a working class area of Reading with the mad-cap Doonan clan – Mother Betty, Father Terry, sister Shelagh aka Slag, blind Aunt Phyllis, grandmother Narg and Grandfather DC - he yearned to get out and find the Beautiful People whom he imagined lived fabulous lives of glitz and glamour.
This is the charming and funny story of how Simon eventually finds a way out and escapes to London with best friend Biddie Biddlecombe. Along the way they stumble upon punks, drunks, ladies of the night, the long arm of the law and all sorts of camps, vamps and outrageous scamps.
But does he ever find the Beautiful People? Or are they the ones he left behind?
Have an insider’s look at Amazon
You can also take a look at his (hilarious) series based on this memoir similarly titled, “Beautiful People”, on logotv.com