JSTOR has compiled a reading list of articles from their collection to celebrate LGBTQ History Month noting that “the scholarship in the stories below show that silences in archives and in the present can be overcome.” The list of articles is available here.
A newly released Hungarian children’s book, A Fairy Tale for Everyone (Meseorszag mindenkie), has now also become a symbol of the fight for LGBTQ rights in the country. The book includes 17 updated fairy tales that include more diverse, inclusive and LGBTQ characters and the “aim was to make children’s literature more diverse in Hungary […]
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released a list of the most banned and challenged books of the past decade this week. NBC Out has published a story focusing on the LGBTQ themed books that make up half of the top twenty books: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-themes-found-half-past-decade-s-20-most-banned-n1241353 The complete list is here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/decade2019
Mark Gevisser’s new book The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers explores the lives of LGBTQ people in nine different countries and chronicles “a new human rights frontier that has come to define, divide and describe the world in a whole new way, a new human rights frontier that is being staked over […]
Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has also made the Booker Prize shortlist (and last week was named to the longlist for the National Book Award) with his coming of age tale of a young gay Glasgow boy set during the 1980’s. Stuart spoke about his book earlier this summer: https://theface.com/culture/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart-book-release-picador
Brandon Taylor’s debut novel Real Life, an LGBTQ themed novel set on a Midwestern campus, has made the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize. Taylor gave this interview earlier this summer: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7jkep/brandon-taylor-real-life-casual-racism-review-interview
Young Adult author Aiden Thomas has become the first openly trans writer to have a trans themed fiction book make the New York Times bestseller list. Thomas’ debut novel Cemetery Boys is now on the young adult hardcover list. https://www.them.us/story/trans-author-cemetery-boys-nyt-bestseller
Writer and illustrator Pete Jordi Wood has rediscovered an LGBTQ themed fairytale that has been in existence since at least the 19th century. Queer themes in folklore were long suppressed and “deleted” and now readers can explore The Dog and the Sailor in book form and in a virtual exhibit and narration. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiewareham/2020/08/21/why-this-charming-gay-fairytale-has-been-lost-for-200-years-stith-thompson/#25b306ca6163 The virtual […]
The film which documents the battle of LGBTQ activists that led to the APA removing homosexuality as a mental illness from the DSM in 1973 will be screening at festivals this fall, have screening opportunities through educational and other organizations, and will eventually air on PBS. https://www.queerty.com/doctors-considered-homosexuality-illness-cured-celebrates-heroes-proved-otherwise-20200823 https://thequeerreview.com/2020/09/02/outfest-2020-film-review-cured/ https://deadline.com/video/cured-trailer-outfest-documentary-lgbtq-patrick-sammon-bennett-singer/ The website for the film has […]
Dictionary.com announced additions of many LGBTQ words and also will replace “homosexuality”, using instead “gay”, “gay man”, “gay woman” and “gay sexual orientation”. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/09/dictionary-com-just-added-lot-lgbtq-words-will-use-homosexuality-less/ https://www.out.com/books/2020/9/03/dictionary-replaces-homosexual-largest-update-ever A press release from Dictionary.com explained the updates, called their biggest ever, with changes in words relating to race, sexual orientation, climate and internet culture.