The Book of Pride LGBT Heroes Who Changed the World

This book had me crying at 8am on my way to work on than one occasion 35 stars I listened to this on adios book and I feel like call I wish that they people who were interview were tallking in this and not a other person but also is only people livibg in usa the title is not a good chose But I think you may love it if you are living in USA and thinking about people that history by being how they are you will enjoy it Not to begin this review on a negative note but some patterns and phrasings and such in this book dropping the assigned gender and deadname of nearly every trans subject really left a bad taste in my mouth However given the value of these interviews as records of LGBT elders and the fact that language is one of the slipperist and most contentious subjects in the community I think it's best to let them go albeit with a note to think about things critically for example I would really hope that cishets don't run with the 'it's cool to just call people ueers' train than they already have At the end of the day this is a compendium of LGBT history a precious record given how much has been erased and I can't give this book enough credit for thatI would recommend pairing this book with the podcast Making Gay History ; the podcast features recordings of decades old interviews with LGBT pioneers including titans such as Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson many of whom have since passed away Maybe The Book of Pride could publish audio transcripts of their interviews as well if they haven't done so already hearing the authentic unvarnished voices of these people who have done so much creates a connection that still brings me to tears Either way I'm grateful for what both these sources have brought Such an important book So many stories that need to be told for future generations Meet the leaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBT movement from the 1960’s to the present through stunning interviews and compelling black and white photographs compiled and presented by OUTWORDS a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the stories of LGBT people The 75 individuals featured in THE BOOK OF PRIDE—including marriage pioneer Evan Wolfson trans icon Miss Major Griffin Gracy Stonewall era rabblerouser Mark Segal and legendary anti DADT activist Grethe Cammermeyer—fought battles freuently under the threat of violence and persecution By capturing these accounts we honor an important chapter in American history and ensure that the story of the LGBT community is safeguarded for generations to come The brave and determined activists celebrated in THE BOOK OF PRIDE inspire each of us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity and to do so with great pride A Joyfully Jay review 45 starsThis is an astounding collection of narratives Hats off to the OUTWORDS team for their tremendous effort to document LGBTI history in the United States True to the acronym The Book of Pride reflects the diversity in the community The book is full of the personal accounts of not just gay and lesbian activists but multiple bisexual and transgender people as well There is a nod to the intersex community with Gigi Raven Wilbur’s account of hisher history the book’s editor intentionally uses both male and female pronouns to reflect Gigi’s self identification as both male and female Doc Duhon’s story touches on not just bisexuality but also polyamory dominant and submissive relationships and the leather community The stories are told by people who tried to “cure” themselves by marrying and trying to live the cishet version of Americana before coming out; they are told by people who turned into activists by dint of being in the right place at the right time such as Stonewall; they are told by people who have served in America’s military The variety of histories included is truly marvelous and to read the words of the people who lived through the times who led the charge is nothing short of amazingRead Camille’s review in its entirety here I wish the interviews were in depth Otherwise a very good compilation 35 stars I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissThis was such a moving book I was basically just crying on and off all throughout reading this but I would say in a 'good' way most of the time Obviously everything is not perfect for LGBT people even today but it's just absolutely incredible to hear some of these people's stories and what they had to go through just to be who they are and be allowed to exist in the world I think this is a very important book because it interviews only people who are older and were instrumental in founding many LGBT groups and getting laws changed that benefit us all today I think that recently there has been kind of a feeling among young people that all 'old people' are 'the enemy' or something and this book is a great way to show how much we actually owe to the people who have come before us and that LGBT have always existed and aren't by any means a 'new' thing Also this book is part of a larger project called OUTWORDS and they have a website which includes the video copies of all the interviews featured in the book as well as many and I think it said transcripts and pictures as well Definitely a really good read if you are interested in LGBT history This book is a series of 75 interviews to document the history and experience of LGBT pioneers across the US While I wished there were stories about education leaders in the book the collection shows how nascent the Pride movement truly is and the stories are really incredible examples of resistance power courage and social change The interview with Betsy Parsons is certainly one 65 year old Parsons is a retired English teacher in Maine Born in Boston and raised in rural Illinois Betsy talked about her experience as the first Maine teacher to come out and to keep her job“In the mid 90s the most prevalent form of hate language in the school was anti gay language” Betsy explains in the Book of Pride “Constant ridicule and verbal harassment coupled with physical harassment shoving hitting tripping and punching Teachers would not typically intervene because to target LGBT people was acceptable”Betsy continued “A former student a young lesbian came back to visit me She told me that during her freshman year of high school when she was my student she had been on the brink of suicide the entire year I thought her life was perfect She was brainy beautiful and musical When I heard about that eight years later it was just shocking for me I asked what I could have done to make that year less painful less frightening My former student said ‘you could have been out’ That moment was a point of no return for me I was going to have to either leave public school teaching or find a way to keep teaching and come out”Not only did Betsy come out to her English students doing so by using literary characters to teach about the persecution of minorities but she also founded GLSEN chapters in her school and throughout the state The Book of Pride LGBT Heroes Who Changed the World


About the Author: Mason Funk

Mason Funk was born in Los Angeles in 1958 graduated from Stanford University and lived in Tacoma Washington Portland Maine and Lisbon Portugal before returning to Los Angeles and beginning his career as an award winning writerproducer of non fiction television programs and documentary films His TV and film projects have covered topics ranging from Mother Teresa to the history of secret Wh


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