Books for Pride Month
June is LGBTQI – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex – Pride month, and here are some 2015 publications in our collection:
The Human Agenda: conversations about sexual orientation and gender identity by Joe Wenke features talks that the author had with – among others – Y-Love, an African American hip hop artist who converted to Orthodox Judaism and then came out as gay; 2 sets of gay dads who are parenting in spite of lacking the legal protections that would name them both as parents to their children; Hina Wong-Kalu, a teacher of traditional Hawaiian culture and a mahu, someone who straddles the binary between male and female; the founder of a support group that serves LGBTQI people with intellectual disabilities; and two young women who founded Everyone is Gay, which started as an advice column for gender non-conforming teens and has transformed into an advocacy group. Joe Wenke, Y-Love and Gisele Xtravaganza (also featured in the book) will be at the library to discuss the book on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm. Reception to follow.
Adult onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novel with obvious ties to the author’s own life. The protagonist, a successful novelist before parenthood, is being a stay-at-home mom to two young children while her partner focuses on her career. Underlying humorous domestic scenes is a sense of dread and a threat of violence.
Mommy man: How I went from mild-mannered geek to gay superdad by Jerry Mahoney is the chronicle of Jerry’s and his husband’s quest to become fathers, eventually opting for gestational surrogacy. As the title and cover art indicate, their quest is ultimately successful.
Raising my rainbow: Adventures in raising a fabulous, gender creative son by Lori Duron grew out of the author’s blog on raising a boy who gravitates towards toys, clothes and activities usually associated with girls.