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Real Queer America
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States | Samantha Allen
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A transgender reporter's narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America. Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more. Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.
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Librariana
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To my Litsy pals residing in the USA, Happy Turkey Day! 🦃 If you celebrate the holiday (and not its abundantly problematic roots!) may you be happy to give it a new definition and enjoy some delicious food & pie in the company of friends and loved ones 😁 To all of you gorgeous souls elsewhere, happy Thursday! May your day be beautimous and productive!

Here is a little #progressreport of where I'm at with the #weeklyforecast 😊

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love the #ProgressReport ♥️♥️♥️and happy beautiful, bountiful Thursday to you 😘 3mo
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Librariana
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#BookReport one day late 😁

🎧 I made some decent progress with the tagged audiobook and hope to have it finished soon 😊

📚 Read a bit more of Grimoire Noir (graphic novel) and hope to finish it tonight!

📚 Made slight progress in the Hungry Hearts anthology and hope to dive into the next story later today.

📚 Book club pick has had a slow start 😕

Hubby and I are about to start our outdoor project - hanging up Christmas lights!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Christmas lights are always the first sign that the holidays are coming 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟your tagged book keeps peaking my interest 3mo
Librariana @Cinfhen - Indeed! We didn't finish hanging up all the lights (plans had to be reevaluated due to a steep roof... daylight got away from us... and I was starting to get hangry!) But! We did make some good progress! (Much like my reading this week 😁 Whole lotta progress and not much result) 3mo
Librariana @Cinfhen - as to the tagged book, the tone is very conversational and introspective with the author recalling some of her own experiences growing up in the Mormon church. She's taking a road trip through red states, stopping in cities that were either part of her journey as she transitioned or interviewing individuals who've made a significant contribution to the local LGBTQ community, some of whom played a pivotal role in her own life. 3mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I return triumphant from the Monster Used Book Sale! I had no idea there were Rivers of London graphic novels! I‘m so excited!

#bookhaul #booksale

DrexEdit Very nice haul! 😊 4mo
Scochrane26 Bad feminist & between the world and me are amazing. 4mo
Reagan Bad Feminist and The Lorax ❤️ 4mo
ozma.of.oz @DrexEdit Thank you! @Scochrane26 I‘m sure they are! I‘ve read other things by Coates and Gay before, just not these two books! 4mo
ozma.of.oz @Reagan-reads Bad Feminist for me, The Lorax to read to my nibling! 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 book covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 5.

Cathythoughts Excellent cover ✨ 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Whoo-hoo! Going to kick off the Decatur Book Festival tomorrow night with this award night!!! Can‘t wait to see some of you around the festival this weekend!!! #DBF2019

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mrozzz
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So enjoyed this perspective on the very conservative parts of the country which many liberals are always quick to discredit as dangerous for the LGBT+ populations there. The author made a great point about how even though some towns/states are vehemently working against them it is still their home & they want to stay and flourish regardless. I also liked how she described & aligned her transition with her travels across the country for this book.

JSW I really enjoyed this book and it left me hopeful. 7mo
mrozzz @JSW yesss me too!! 7mo
Smrloomis Nice! Hopeful sounds good! 5mo
mrozzz @Smrloomis it‘s what we need now! 5mo
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LizzieLou
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Already really digging this book.

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BlameJennyJane
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Mehso-so

This one is a strong so-so for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I, perhaps problematically, like my non-fiction to read like fiction. I still want to connect with the narrator and felt a bit detached here as much as I appreciate the important work the author has done with this.

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KatyAliceReads
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I‘m so excited to start reading this one!

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BlameJennyJane
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Here‘s #bookhaul number two of the day from the library. My hold (tagged) came in and I was delighted my little library is open Sundays, even in the summer. I couldn‘t help but pick up a couple more titles I‘ve wanted to read. #BlameItOnLitsy

AutumnRLS Excited about all three of these! Especially the Plums. :) 8mo
BlameJennyJane @AutumnRLS awesome! These are all books I heard about on Litsy and probably wouldn‘t have thought to pick up otherwise! 8mo
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I love this discussion of home because I‘m the exact opposite. I spent nearly my entire life in Arizona. There are roots. But the first time I experienced Northeastern brusqueness, it was a matter of weeks before I knew this was my place.

What is home anyway?

KathyWheeler Louisiana is like that for me. I was in my 30s when we moved there and was still in my 30s when we left, yet it‘s the only place I‘ve ever gotten that “I‘m home where I belong” feeling. 9mo
saguarosally @KathyWheeler It‘s interesting to explore home. I don‘t fit at home, but it‘s home. I fit here, but it‘s not home. Either way I like Louisiana! 9mo
KathyWheeler @saguarosally the idea of home is indeed interesting. Feeling that sense of belonging was weird as I was a military kid so I had never experienced that before; it was especially odd to feel it in a place I‘d never been. 9mo
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KatyAliceReads
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Happy Pride y‘all!

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saguarosally
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@ReadosaurusText might have reminded me about #succulentsaturday while I was reading this book. 😁🌵

ReadosaurusText Perfection! 9mo
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saguarosally
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I don‘t know. I‘d love to see this from the perspective of a transgender Texan or a lesbian from Utah, not a person with the perspective of a city dweller looking in. I know too many LGBT people from rural and conservative areas maybe.

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TieDyeDude
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I believe this is the first time an author has liked my post about their work. Very cool! 😍

Weaponxgirl That‘s so cool! 9mo
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TieDyeDude
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Pickpick

An excellent account of a road trip through the deep South to explore the LGBTQ culture in areas most Americans assume it can't survive. But people are standing strong against prejudice and choosing to stay where they call home instead of taking the perceived easy road and heading north. It also serves as a story of the author's life as she returns to places that shaped her. Excellent writing! Highly recommended

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Pickpick

Fantastic read. Clear, researched, and focused yet with personal stories and lots of heart. I found this really hopeful after a depressing week. #queerbooks #readwomen

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And if we could literally count every queer person in America — if we could wake up one day and see everyone whose lives or desires cut across the heteronormative mainstream, whether they are currently in a same-sex relationship or not—we would never look at our country the same way again.

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Yes! A hopeful book about living in a red state world. I especially enjoyed the sections that highlighted communities I have lived in: Atlanta and Johnson City. Also, noteworthy how many places she visits are college towns.

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Well done Samantha and all the brave and honest people who contributed their stories to this book and also all those who support them. This book is very well written and hits all the right notes of funny, heartwarming and sincere. Samantha is a smart, thoughtful woman who is flying the flag large for all her LGBTQ comrades. Bravo!

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sophierayton
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“The newly out boy, Amber says, went back to school on Monday with new pronouns and a new name and a new bathroom and he lost zero friends because kids don‘t give a fuck.”

Amber - Max‘s Mum

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Liberty
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Amazing package from @LittleBrownBooks ! Sooooooo many good things to read!!! P.S. The Gorey bio is out tomorrow and I happen to know someone who talked about it on an upcoming podcast. 😉📚❤️

LauraP15 I want the Gorey book. I had the good luck to meet him years ago. He was a very interesting person. 1y
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