Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Review:  What I appreciate most about de Rossi’s memoir is the way she shows us her eating disorder. The reader gets to experience her descent into anorexia the same way we experienced the descent into insanity back in The Bell Jar. It’s not as simple as extreme dieting, it’s a poisionous obsession that grew slowly from paranoia and insecurity and has made the most sense I’ve … Continue reading Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began Written by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks

Review: I usually look for books that defy stereotypes but I thought it might be interesting to begin this attempt at celebrating Pride Month with a memoir that exemplifies what I grew up hearing as the quintessential coming out story. I don’t know what has been the actual story that was or is most common when coming out, but it seemed that every show that … Continue reading Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began Written by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks

5 books that helped me learn about LGBT issues

I am far from an expert on LGBT issues, but I’ve been trying for a few years to educate myself. As a feminist, I strive to be intersectional, though I know that I fail and fall into my privileges sometimes. Though I know how important marriage equality is, there are still many more problems that LGBT people face. I don’t think any one is more … Continue reading 5 books that helped me learn about LGBT issues

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Review: I love this book. I love everything about it. I love that during her low points, Mock reminds the reader that these moments are not unique to her story but neither is every part of her story is a part of every trans story. She went through some terrible and trying times, but she also got lucky in many ways, which Mock also points … Continue reading Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer by Riki Wilchins

Review: For much of Queer Theory, Gender Theory, I was in love with the content of this book, but I may have gotten an ARC or something by accident because the writing was a bit of a mess. When it comes to books about issues and activism, I have hard time judging them on grammar, so let’s get into the content first. This would be an … Continue reading Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer by Riki Wilchins

Black Panther: World of Wakanda Volume 1

Review:  Last year, I got and read the first issue of this short run and reviewed it here. I didn’t know at the time that it would be a short run, but Marvel cancelled it a few months ago, which is disappointing. Along with the groundbreaking nature of the comic, it was a really good story and characters that I wish I could get to know … Continue reading Black Panther: World of Wakanda Volume 1

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Review:  I’ve had this book on my To Read list for a while but finally prioritized it for the Litsy A to Z Challenge. I had first seen it when looking for books on the trans experience that talked about more than the act of transitioning from one end of the gender spectrum to a place further into the other end. The story itself is … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

LGBT Pride Month

                 Both Wikipedia and Transgender History give a complete history of why it is that June is the LGBT Pride Month. In a nutshell, events were originally put together to commemorate the Stonewall riots but it eventually grew into what is now LGBT Pride Month, or more colloquially known as Gay Pride Month. Personally, I prefer the acronym because it recognize the full scope of people expressing their … Continue reading LGBT Pride Month

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A book to consider on the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

At only 46 pages, this a great book to read in one sitting on this day. If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, check out Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community – Andrew Marin  or Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity – Julia Serano or this month’s Our Shared Shelf’s read The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson. … Continue reading A book to consider on the International Day against Homphobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia