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Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states / Samantha Allen.

Allen, Samantha, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Breckenridge Public Library 306.766 ALL (Text) 33500013016829 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316516037
  • ISBN: 0316516031
  • Physical Description: 307 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Queer in Trump's America -- Seeing red -- Prodigal daughter -- Texas outrageous -- Boo-mington -- Not the family that you're in -- Crossroads -- Going home -- The bright road ahead.
Summary, etc.:
Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more. Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, this is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1
    *Starred Review* Allen (Love & Estrogen, 2018) chronicles a six-week road trip she took in the summer of 2017, visiting so-called red states to document their vibrant queer communities. She seeks to challenge the narrative that queer people flee red states for the bicoastal blue bastions. In straightforward and readable prose, Allen argues that queerness thrives everywhere, perhaps even more so in states like Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee, precisely because there's still so much advocacy work to do. Allen's openness about her personal story—including growing up Mormon, living an angst-filled double life in Provo, coming out as transgendered, meeting her wife in an elevator at the Kinsey Institute, and undergoing surgery to get a vagina—invites respect. She writes with loving curiosity about other people in the LGBTQ community and blends this with national-level reporting on political and historical LGBTQ issues. In Texas, Allen attends a rally protesting Texas' SB 3 bathroom bill, an attempt to restrict use of bathrooms to birth-certificate gender markers—intensely relevant, as Allen must navigate public restrooms throughout her trip. Also focusing on the concept of place, queer world-making, Allen claims cafés, bars, community centers, and even Utah's hiking trails as part of red-state queerness. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories). She is a senior reporter for The Daily Beast covering LGBT issues and a former Sex + Life reporter for Fusion. She received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in 2015 and was the 2013 recipient of the Kinsey Institute's John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR's On the Media. She met her wife in a Kinsey Institute elevator--a true queer love story.

Subject: Allen, Samantha > Travel > Middle West.
Allen, Samantha > Travel > Middle West.
Gay culture > Middle West.
Gay men > Middle West.
Lesbians > Middle West.

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