High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights.

LGBTQ+ ATHLETES CLAIM THE FIELD

STRIVING FOR EQUALITY

Hope is found in the past for present and future athletes who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/queer, or other.

In clear, readable text, the author details the prejudices faced by athletes whose gender identity does not conform with their biological sex, are romantically and sexually attracted to individuals of the same gender, or are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. In an effort to help break down these prejudices, multiple examples of LGBTQ athletes are presented, ranging from Bill Tilden, a tennis player active in the 1920s who came out publicly in 1948, to Michael Sam, the first openly gay man to be drafted into the National Football League. Trans and intersex athletes, such as Caster Semenya and Renée Richards, are also highlighted while exploring their unique challenges and the policies that govern their participation in sports. Discrimination against LGBTQ individuals can also extend to coaches and administrators. The positive tone and multitude of examples create the optimistic belief that LGBTQ athletes will be able to be true to themselves while competing in their chosen sports.

High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights. (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4677-8012-4

Page Count: 104

Publisher: Twenty-First Century/Lerner

Review Posted Online: May 18, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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CONTINUUM

From the Pocket Change Collective series

Deaf, trans artist Man meditates on his journey and identity in this brief memoir.

Growing up in conservative central Pennsylvania was tough for the 21-year-old Deaf, genderqueer, pansexual, and biracial (Chinese/White Jewish) author. He describes his gender and sexual identity, his experiences of racism and ableism, and his desire to use his visibility as a YouTube personality, model, and actor to help other young people like him. He is open and vulnerable throughout, even choosing to reveal his birth name. Man shares his experiences of becoming deaf as a small child and at times feeling ostracized from the Deaf community but not how he arrived at his current Deaf identity. His description of his gender-identity development occasionally slips into a well-worn pink-and-blue binary. The text is accompanied and transcended by the author’s own intriguing, expressionistic line drawings. However, Man ultimately falls short of truly insightful reflection or analysis, offering a mostly surface-level account of his life that will likely not be compelling to readers who are not already fans. While his visibility and success as someone whose life represents multiple marginalized identities are valuable in themselves, this heartfelt personal chronicle would have benefited from deeper introspection.

Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author. (Memoir. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-22348-2

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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