A Queer History of the United States for Young People

A Queer History of the United States for Young People

Queer history didn’t start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.

It is crucial for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to know their history. But this history is not easy to find since it’s rarely taught in schools or commemorated in other ways. A Queer History of the United States for Young People corrects this and demonstrates that LGBTQ people have long been vital to shaping our understanding of what America is today.

Through engrossing narratives, letters, drawings, poems, and more, the book encourages young readers, of all identities, to feel pride at the accomplishments of the LGBTQ people who came before them and to use history as a guide to the future.The stories he shares include those of

* Thomas Morton, who celebrated same-sex love in Boston’s Puritan community in the 1620s.
* Albert D. J. Cashier, an Irish immigrant and Civil War hero, who was born in the body of a woman but lived as a man for over a half century.
* Gladys Bentley, an African American blues singer who challenged cross-dressing laws in 1920s Harlem.
* Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr.’s close friend, civil rights organizer, and an openly gay man.
* Sylvia Rivera, who along with Marsha P. Johnson, founded the first transgender political group in the United States in 1970.
* Harvey Milk, a community organizer and the first openly gay politician to win an election in California.
* Jamie Nabozny, a teen who brought national attention to the issue of LGBTQ bullying by bringing his case to the Supreme Court in the 1990s.

Title:A Queer History of the United States for Young People
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780807056127
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    A Queer History of the United States for Young People Reviews

  • Kathleen

    Updated to add that these issues are still in the finished copy.Keeping in mind that I read this as a physical arc and not as a finished edition, I had many issues with this title. It's fairly good fo...

  • Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweissactual rating: 3.5I do have some issues with some of the language used in this book, but overall it is filled with a lot of good information. I did li...

  • Rhode

    Haven’t read it, but saw a screenshot of the page saying asexuality is a temporary phase. 😳😳😳 So, it’s an untrustworthy book. Which is too bad because a great book on this topic is needed...

  • Tristan Frodelius

    The exclusion of asexuality as a full, substantive identity and historically present part of the queer community belies a lack of research and/or general knowledge of queer history. It is placed in sc...

  • Cassidy Raab

    I didn’t read this book but apparently it has acephobia in it so the author can EAT SHIT...

  • Lauren (LaurenHannah.net)

    Yikes, this book is a big nope. https://twitter.com/coolcurrybooks/st......

  • Louis

    Asexuality is not a "temporary feeling", you ignorant charlatan....

  • Kazia

    This book is such a ball of YIKES I'm DNFing it 50 pages in, with a quick skip to the backmatter as well. I know some other reviews have mentioned some of these concerns from the ARC but just to reite...

  • emma

    I'm quite disappointed with this one. It might be something I return to later, but I feel as though there's a lot of reaching going on here, in addition to some misrepresentation through diction. Firs...

  • C.

    My inclination when I started the book was four stars and although I've debated somewhat, I'm choosing to stick with that - primarily because there were people and events discussed in this book that I...