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24 Featured Titles

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Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems

Written by James Baldwin
Introduction by Nikky Finney


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8486-1 (0-8070-8486-7)

During his lifetime, James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, many of which were published to widespread praise. Baldwin’s novels and essays brought him respect as a public intellectual and admiration as a writer.  However, Baldwin’s earliest writing was in poetic form, and some argue... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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For All of Us, One Today
An Inaugural Poet's Journey
Written by Richard Blanco


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3380-7 (0-8070-3380-4)

In this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Redneck Way of Knowledge

Written by Blanche Mccrary Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75767-2 (0-679-75767-8)

This intoxicating book combines autobiography, reporting, and the dressed-up lies we call fiction. An underground classic since its initial publication, it is the wildly funny personal testament of Blanche McCrary Boyd, sixties radical and born-again Southerner, a lesbian with an un-PC passion for skydiving and stock-car racing, a graduate of Eastern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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"You Can Tell Just By Looking"
And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People
Written by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4245-8 (0-8070-4245-5)

In “You Can Tell Just by Looking” three scholars and activists come together to unpack enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Myths, such as “All Religions Condemn Homosexuality” and “Transgender People Are Mentally Ill,” have been used to justify discrimination... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raising My Rainbow
Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
Written by Lori Duron
Foreword by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3772-5 (0-7704-3772-9)

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Landscape with Traveler
The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-499-2 (1-60980-499-6)

Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves is Barry Gifford’s first full-length novel. In print for the first time in fifteen years, Landscape with Traveler is written as the protagonist’s diary–inspired by the first century Japanese writer Sei Shônagon’s pillow book–and structured as three acclaimed short novels bound into... Read more >
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Gaga Feminism
Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
Written by J. Jack Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1097-6 (0-8070-1097-9)

Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam answers these questions while attempting to make sense of the tectonic cultural shifts that have transformed gender and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Cup of Water Under My Bed
A Memoir
Written by Daisy Hernandez


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1448-6 (0-8070-1448-6)

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

In one story, Daisy sets... Read more >
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Prairie Silence
A Memoir
Written by Melanie Hoffert


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4516-9 (0-8070-4516-0)

Melanie Hoffert longs for her North Dakota childhood home, with its grain trucks and empty main streets. A land where she imagines standing at the bottom of the ancient lake that preceded the prairie: crop rows become the patterned sand ripples of the lake floor; trees are the large alien plants... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Keep Your Wives Away from Them
Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
Edited by Miryam Kabakov


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-879-0 (1-55643-879-6)

Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. This anthology takes on that challenge by giving voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced–and effectively rendered invisible–by their faith. Keep Your Wives Away from Them tells... Read more >

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Coming Up from the Down Low
The Journey to Acceptance, Healing, and Honest Love
Written by J.L. King


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-20979-5 (0-307-20979-2)

In his first book, On the Down Low, J. L. King introduced readers to the deceptive underground world of the “down low” (DL), the subculture of men leading straight lives while secretly sleeping with other men. In that first book, King’s own life was exhibit A—he lived for years as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Trevor
a novella
Written by James Lecesne


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-487-9 (1-60980-487-2)

Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year old. So how come, when he takes that nerve-wracking turn toward his locker at school, he feels scared and alone? Shunned by his friends, misunderstood by his parents, and harassed at school for being different, Trevor goes from wondering what color glitter to choose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Many Lives of Miss K
Toto Koopman - Model, Muse, Spy
Written by Jean-Noel Liaut
Translated by Denise Raab Jacobs


Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4129-5 (0-8478-4129-4)

A life of glamour and tragedy, set against the watershed cultural and political movements of twentieth-century Europe. “Toto” Koopman (1908—1991) is a new addition to the set of iconoclastic women whose biographies intrigue and inspire modern-day readers. Like her contemporaries Lee Miller or Vita Sackville-West, Toto lived with an independent spirit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brave Journeys
Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage
Written by David Mixner and Dennis Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-38008-8 (0-553-38008-7)

In Brave Journeys: Profiles of Gay and Lesbian Courage, David Mixner and Dennis Bailey have compiled portraits of eight people who did extraordinary things in the face of homophobia. People like Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who founded the first lesbian organization, Daughters of Bilitis, in the 1950s. And Navy fighter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stranger Among Friends

Written by David Mixner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 2, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37554-1 (0-553-37554-7)

"From my fear of coming out to coming on strong in the struggle for human rights, this is my American journey, the story of an outsider on the inside, a gay man proudly committed to a life of standing up for freedom.

"President Clinton and I were born three days apart. We... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5116-0 (0-8070-5116-0)

Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Tricky Part
A boy's story of sexual trespass, a man's journey to forgiveness
Written by Martin Moran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27653-7 (0-307-27653-8)

Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered... Read more >
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Sexual Personae
Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 20, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73579-3 (0-679-73579-8)

Paglia seeks to demonstrate the unity and continuity of western culture. Accepting the canonical western tradition and rejecting the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments, she argues that Judeo-Christianity did not defeat paganism, which, along with androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, continues to flourish in art... Read more >

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Soulfully Gay
How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Written by Joe Perez


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Integral Books
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-418-1 (1-59030-418-7)

SOULFULLY GAY is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His... Read more >

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The Riddle of Gender

Written by Deborah Rudacille


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72197-4 (0-385-72197-8)

When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why.

Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles–historical, sociological, psychological, medical–Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one’s gender has been met with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God and the Gay Christian
The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
Written by Matthew Vines


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Convergent Books
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-516-4 (1-60142-516-3)

As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Like Me
Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer
Written by Chely Wright


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37886-6 (0-307-37886-1)

Chely Wright, singer, songwriter, country music star, writes in this moving, telling memoir about her life and her career; about growing up in America’s heartland, the youngest of three children; about barely remembering a time when she didn’t know she was different.

She writes about her parents, putting down roots in their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Covering
The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
Written by Kenji Yoshino


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1 (0-375-76021-0)

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Winner,
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award

In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a... Read more >
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