Queer, there, and everywhere 23 people who changed the world

Sarah Prager, 1986-

Book - 2017

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals -- and you've never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn't make it into your history books, these true stories unco...ver a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.

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Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-256).
ISBN
9780062474315
0062474316
Main Author
Sarah Prager, 1986- (author)
Other Authors
Zoë More O'Ferrall (illustrator)
  • Elagabalus
  • Jeanne D'Arc
  • Kristina Vasa
  • Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Albert Cashier
  • Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
  • Lili Elbe
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Mercedes de Acosta
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Alan Turing
  • Joseph Kohout
  • José Sarria
  • Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
  • Sylvia Rivera
  • Renée Richards
  • Harvey Milk
  • Glenn Burke
  • Mychal Judge
  • George Takei
  • Looking back, moving forward.
Review by Booklist Reviews

"Queer people have been part of history throughout every era," Prager asserts in the introduction to her collection of 23 brief biographies of queer people that—proving her point—range from little-known Roman emperor/empress Elagabalus to the contemporary actor and activist George Takei. Vis-à-vis her selection of subjects, it's important to note that her definition of queer means "anyone not totally straight or not totally cisgender," hence her inclusion of the gender-bending likes of Queen Christina of Sweden or Joan of Arc. More eyebrow raising is the inclusion of Abraham Lincoln because of his close friendships with Joshua Speed and David Derickson. Her other selections—though happily not all are well-known (Juana Inés de la Cruz, anyone?)—are more traditional, thus Frida Kahlo, Renée Richards, Bayard Rustin, Alan Turing, and so on. Written in a breezy, highly informal style ("Yikes," "Frickin historic," "yep"), the book doesn't take itself too seriously, though it doesn't stint on its honest acknowledgment of oppression, repression, and persecution. A lively and informative introduction to queer history. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

First-time author Prager delivers a rich exploration of gender identity and sexuality across time and nation, focusing on 23 queer individuals from different eras and using a broad definition of queerness ("anyone outside society's gender and sexuality norms"). Among those highlighted are Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln ("Abraham and Joshua were ‘intimate friends,' an antiquated relationship term... one step above a bromance"), and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as baseball player Glenn Burke, blues musician Ma Rainey, queer rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera, and actor George Takei. These snapshots—sometimes irreverent in tone, but always respectful of the people and relationships they discuss—offer strong insight into the lives of individuals who broke barriers or simply lived life on their own terms. Ages 13–up. Author's agent: Carrie Howland, Empire Literary. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up–Short and straightforward profiles of queer figures throughout history, ranging from ancient and obscure to modern and well known. The people profiled represent a diverse set of ethnicities and gender and sexual identities, living up to the term queer in its full meaning. The historical background provided is very readable but cursory and occasionally inconsistently presented. Some profiles focus on the individuals' queer identity, while others put the emphasis on their historical impact. For example, Joan of Arc's military career is thoroughly explained while her preference for men's clothes is only mentioned. The tone of the book is positive and lighthearted despite the many unhappy endings but at times can come across as glib ("The relationship between queer people and the Catholic church was…um, strained during Father Mike's life, to say the least"). With the exception of a few references to sexual acts, the content is appropriate for a wide range of ages, particularly if the book is used in a guided or teaching context. Each chapter opens with a graphic novel—like line portrait of the subject by O'Ferrall. Overall, the title distinguishes itself from materials that take a traditional approach to history that often ignores or omits mention of sexual or gender identity. VERDICT An enjoyable and accessible, if inconsistent, introduction to an important side of history. Public and school libraries will strongly want to consider, both for re-creation and education.—Amy Diegelman, formerly at Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A LGBTQ chronicle for teens shares hip, engaging facts about 23 influential gender-ambiguous notables from the era of the Roman Empire to the present, exploring how they defied convention to promote civil rights, pursue relationships on their own terms and shape culture. A first book. Simultaneous eBook. 35,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens 2017This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them.Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.A Junior Library Guild Selection

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens 2017This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals'and you've never heard of many of them.Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn't make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.A Junior Library Guild Selection