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A History of Marriage

Written by Elizabeth Abbott


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-088-8 (1-60980-088-5)

What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Confessions of the Other Mother
Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All!
Edited by Harlyn Aizley


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7963-8 (0-8070-7963-4)

After author Harlyn Aizley gave birth to her daughter, she watched in unanticipated horror as her partner scooped up the baby and said, “I’m your new mommy!” While they both had worked to find the perfect sperm donor, Aizley had spent nine months carrying the baby and hours in labor, so... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Days of Grace

Written by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-38681-6 (0-345-38681-7)

Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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From the Closet to the Courtroom
Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation
Written by Carlos A. Ball and Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0153-0 (0-8070-0153-8)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Engaging and largely untold, From the Closet to the Courtroom explores how five pivotal lawsuits have altered LGBT history. Beginning each case narrative at the center–with the litigants and their lawyers–law professor Carlos Ball follows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Intertwined Lives
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle
Written by Lois W. Banner


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77612-3 (0-679-77612-5)

A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth-century American women. Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in 1922, when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher. They became sexual partners (though both married), and pioneered in the then male-dominated discipline of... Read more >
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Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Written by Hanne Blank


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4459-9 (0-8070-4459-8)

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of “the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for millennia without having any special name... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Normal
Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude
Written by Amy Bloom


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3244-0 (1-4000-3244-X)

Amy Bloom has won a devoted readership and wide critical acclaim for fiction of rare humor, insight, grace, and eloquence, and the same qualities distinguish Normal, her first full-length work of nonfiction. In Normal, the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist explores sex and gender through portraits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today
Written by Kate Bornstein


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0183-7 (0-8070-0183-X)

“I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are just a few words which have defined Kate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Queer and Pleasant Danger
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today
Written by Kate Bornstein


Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0165-3 (0-8070-0165-1)

“I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are just a few words which have defined Kate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

Written by John Boswell


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75164-9 (0-679-75164-5)

The result of twelve years of research, Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe focuses on Boswell's discovery of Catholic and Orthodox liturgies for same-sex unions, here translated into English for the first time. These ceremonies, which were performed throughout Christendom into modern times, are shown to bear striking resemblance to heterosexual... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One More River to Cross
Black & Gay in America
Written by Keith Boykin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47983-7 (0-385-47983-2)

One More River to Cross etches an insightful and provocative portrait of a largely invisible, often denied presence in American life-black gays and lesbians. Against the historical backdrop of civil rights and the black experience in America, Boykin interviews Baptist ministers, gay political leaders, and other blacks, gays, and lesbians on... Read more >

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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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Empress Dowager Cixi
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Written by Jung Chang


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27160-0 (0-307-27160-9)

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stuck Rubber Baby (New Edition)

Written by Howard Cruse
Illustrated by Howard Cruse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2703-6 (1-4012-2703-1)

The groundbreaking, award-winning semi-autobiographical graphic novel returns in a new edition featuring an introduction by Alison Bechdel, award-winning author of Fun Home.

In the 1960s American South, a young gas-station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the Army draft for admitting “homosexual tendencies,” and falls in with a close-knit group of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Family Heart
A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out
Written by Robb Forman Dew


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 16, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39408-8 (0-345-39408-9)

The American Book Award-winning author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death recounts the true story of her son revealing that he is gay.

"At the heart of this memoir lies a true epiphany: the author's sudden, galvanizing awareness of the suicidal consequences of homophobia. It is a chilling moment, and it... Read more >

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Joining the Tribe
Growing Up Gay and Lesbian in the '90s
Written by Linnea Due


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47500-6 (0-385-47500-4)

Joining the Tribe is a portrait of American gay and lesbian teenagers as an endangered and vulnerable community whose diversity, courage, and resiliency will inspire gay and straight audiences alike. This thought-provoking commentary brings a focus to the confusion many gay and lesbian youths feel and illuminates the fear, despair, and... Read more >

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Sex and the Citadel
Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Written by Shereen El Feki


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37739-5 (0-307-37739-3)

If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, the parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at an upheaval a little closer to home—in the sexual lives of men and women... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Grant Wood
A Life
Written by R. Tripp Evans


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26629-3 (0-307-26629-X)

He claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced,” said Grant Wood, “that’s been even the least bit exciting.”

Wood was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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10,000 Dresses

Written by Marcus Ewert
Illustrated by Rex Ray


Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-850-0 (1-58322-850-0)

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Trans Liberation
Beyond Pink or Blue
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 10, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7951-5 (0-8070-7951-0)

Those who have heard Leslie Feinberg speak in person know how powerful and inspiring s/he can be. In Trans Liberation, Feinberg has gathered a collection of hir speeches on trans liberation and its essential connection to the liberation of all people. This wonderfully immediate, impassioned, and stirring book is for anyone... Read more >

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Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7941-6 (0-8070-7941-3)

With a New Afterword by the Author

In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

“Activist... Read more >

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See Me Naked
Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity
Written by Amy Frykholm


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0468-5 (0-8070-0468-5)

Stories of sexual scandals in churches throughout the nation have been downright routine in recent years, suggesting to many Americans that a deeply rooted problem plagues American Christianity–and prompting some to abandon their congregations altogether. In See Me Naked, Amy Frykholm takes us beyond simple indictments of, or blind allegiance to... Read more >

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Fogtown

Written by Anderson Gabrych
Illustrated by Brad Rader


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-1384-8 (1-4012-1384-7)

A gritty, graphic pulp fiction about the temptation, damnation and redemption of Frank Grissel, an aging, hard-knuckled private eye--and a deeply closeted homosexual, set in the very real world of 1953 San Francisco.

Aided by his long-suffering secretary (and sometime live-in lover) Loretta, Grissel’s search for a runaway girl winds up... Read more >

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Mean Little deaf Queer
A Memoir
Written by Terry Galloway


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7331-5 (0-8070-7331-8)

In 1959, the year Terry Galloway turned nine, the voices of everyone she loved began to disappear. No one yet knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system, eventually causing her to go deaf. As a self-proclaimed “child freak,” she acted out... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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