It’s that time of year again! It’s June and it is Pride Month 🌈
Every year in June the history, politics, culture, and people of the Queer community are celebrated. Marking the occasion of the Stonewall riots, the month long celebration is one that looks to empower and educate people, to embolden those to feel pride in themselves and their sexuality. 2019 is extra special because it is 50 years since the Stonewall riots.
To mark this month long occasion, I will once again be dedicating a whole month to queer, LGBTQ, and QUILTBAG pieces of popular culture. Keep an eye out for some book reviews, a blog tour, a comic, a smut lovers reading group post, and a post about one of my all time favourite books.
So no matter who you are, I hope you enjoy Pride Month and have a lovely June!
She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters
by Robyn Ryle.
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Blurb: Gender is at the forefront of our cultural landscape today. From pronouns to politics to pop culture, people are finally finding a new freedom in the fluidity of identity. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand, embrace, and intelligently discuss the many sides of gender.
She/He/They/Me is a unique and engagingly creative take on an increasingly complex concept. A nontraditional, nonlinear structure allows readers to choose their own path, from a patriarchal culture to a scenario where sex doesn’t even exist, and beyond.
This method of individual exploration will help readers gain the understanding and confidence they need to engage in meaningful conversations about gender.
Release Date: 5th, March, 2019.
Length: 320 pages.
Genre: Non-Fiction. QUILTBAG.
Read as: eBook.
My Thoughts: Think of She/He/They/Me as a ‘Choose Your Own Gender Adventure’ book. You start the book off making decisions about your sex, gender, identity, and where you are within human history – from here you explore the world around you and what your life would be like with these factors.
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Prince & Knight
Written by Daniel Haack.
Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.
Six Word Summary: So heartwarming! Need to make more!
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Blurb: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.
“Thank you,” he told his parents.
“I appreciate that you tried,
but I’m looking for something special
in a partner by my side.”
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.
While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.
Release Date: May 1, 2018.
Length: 40 pages.
Genre: Picture Book. Fantasy.
Read as a: Hardcover.
My Thoughts: As an adult reader, I found this picture book to be adorable and heartwarming. The story of Prince & Knight is simple, sweet, and very much a classic fairy tale: Prince looks for partner, prince fails, prince goes to fight dragon, prince meets knight, prince falls in love. Continue reading “Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis”
I am a sucker for romance novels ❤ Even more so if they’re ones with QUILTBAG characters. Some of my favourite novels from the romance genre, are ones that have two men as the romantic leads.
Don’t get me wrong, I am just as likely to be reading romances with f/f, m/m/f, f/f/m, and how conventional of me m/f pairings. In addition to these, I also have an incredible weakness for romances that feature trans and/or asexual characters.
I have grandiose plans to eventually feature each of these pairings in a similar post. So keep your eye out! In the mean time, the below are just a quick look at some of my favourites from the m/m romance genre. I hope you enjoy.
Under My Skin
by M.L. Rhodes.
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The publisher of this series has stopped operating, however the book is scheduled for re-release within either 2018 or 2019.
Quick story run down: Sebastian Keller is a straight laced ‘smart guy’ who runs his own travel book shop. Dylan Radamacher is the bad boy owner of the ‘Rad Tattoo’ store that just opened up next to Sebastian.
In a book that combines two stories, you see Sebastian and Dylan break down their misconceptions of each other. As they both learn more about each other, you see their walls fall down as the pair start to hit it off. A sweet and sexy romance story follows.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
- Cute characters: From beginning to end Sebastian and Dylan make me smile.
- Enemies to lovers: I’m a sucker for that trope and while the pair may not have been enemies, there was some understandable animosity between them.
- Re-readability: I found this book about eight years ago and I have re-read it some many times. I caved and tracked down a physical copy.
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As someone who has previously studied film at a tertiary level, I have a intense appreciation for film and all that it can represent. Queer representation in film was a focus of mine, and even though I may be a bit rusty and not as up to date with films as I once was, I still know what I like. Which, fair warning, tends to be comedies or cheesy romances.
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.
The Celluloid Closet is an important queer film because it documents and discusses the history of non-heterosexual characters within early Hollywood films. The film talks about how these characters were hidden in subtext, how they were portrayed as villains, and how censorship affects visibility. Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Films”
It seems trite to say that I’m a big fan of music, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I am a big fan of music 😛 I’m well versed in music theory, music making, I can play over five instruments, and I have music-listening-to down to a science!
It wasn’t until I was going through my most played playlists that I realised just how much I actively listen to queer music. I’m incredibly happy at the fact that I give almost as much time to my queer singers as my favourite hetero ones.
The below are just some of my favourite queer singers who are out there representing. I hope you enjoy the list and give some of these musicians a listen 🙂 Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Musicians”
DeadEndia: The Complete Season One
by Hamish Steele.
Six Word Summary: A Fun and Spooky Queer Ride!
Blurb: Barney needs a job and a place to live. So he takes up his best friend’s offer and becomes the janitor of a haunted house attraction at Winslow’s Wonderland. Only thing is, the horrors don’t stop when the work day’s done.
Along with his friend Norma and talking dog Pugsley, the gang battle demonic party poopers, creepy therapists and even scarier love lives.
Created by Hamish Steele, author of Pantheon and based on his animated short for Cartoon Hangover, this book collects the first season of the popular webcomic that has been praised for its honesty, diversity and story telling.
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No matter how you choose to describe yourself and your sexuality, there are a number of different ways in which the community identifies itself. The most common of these is LGBT, which stands for:
L = Lesbian.
G = Gay.
B = Bisexual.
T = Transgender.
Continue reading “Queer Words and my love of QUILTBAG”
Hey everybody, it’s June!
Those of you in the know, will know that it is Pride Month! And those of you who didn’t know, now know 😀
Every year in June the history, politics, culture, and people of the LGBTI community are celebrated. Marking the occasion of the Stonewall riots, the month long celebration is one that looks to empower and educate people, to embolden those to feel pride in themselves and their sexuality.
To mark this month long occasion, I will be focusing my posts on LGBTI popular culture. Keep an eye out for posts about how I feel about the term LGBTI, what I’m currently interacting with, what I’m looking forward to, some of my queer favourites and other general recommendations.
So no matter who you are, I hope you enjoy your Pride Month and have a lovely June!
The Song of the Faerie Prince
by Tay LaRoi.
Six Word Summary: QUILTBAG* representation + fairies = an amazing read!
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Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Gia Johnson is comfortable in the background, but when dark magic looms over her town, her beautiful voice will put her in a spotlight she never imagined: the Seelie Court. To get out alive and save her childhood friend, she’ll have to trust Oliver O’Brian, a trans classmate and a Prince of Faerie, especially when an ancient evil rears its ugly head from the depths of Lake Michigan. All the while, Gia finds herself drawn to Oliver, but what does that mean if she’s always liked girls?
Release Date: May 14, 2018.
Length: 222 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. I liked this book so much that I finished the 210 pages within a day and a half, despite working both days. I found myself just smiling and enjoying pretty much every moment of the book. Continue reading “The Song of the Faerie Prince by Tay LaRoi”