Thursday, September 13, 2018
Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Recently, I've been on a kick where all I want to read is non-fiction. I've always loved to learn about different things, and that spark has been reawakened. I especially love learning about LGBTQ+ history and culture. I feel the more I know about it, the better equipped I am to help promote LGBTQ+ equality. I recently decided to pick up Queer, There, and Everywhere. I'm glad I did. It taught me so much that I didn't know about LGBTQ+ history.
I do have to admit, the beginning of the book was incredibly slow. The introduction and the first story seemed like it took forever to get through because the writing style is something I wasn't used to. It was written with a lot of slang and things similar to that so it would appeal to teenagers. That makes sense because the book was intended for a young adult audience, but it made it frustrating to read because it felt like everything was dumbed down.
Other than that, I greatly enjoyed Queer, There, and Everywhere. I found it fascinating to learn about these historical figures in history that were LGBTQ+. Not only did I learn a lot about my favorite historical figures, but I learned about LGBTQ+ activists throughout history that I had never heard of before. I can't wait to do more research on the ones that I had never heard of before. I think my favorite story in the book was about Abraham Lincoln. I never knew anything about him being queer before. I definitely plan on researching further into that because I find it fascinating.
Other than the beginning, I absolutely loved this book. I wish that queer history was discussed more in schools, especially in history classes. Maybe if that happened, some of this wouldn't be such a shock, and the LGBTQ+ community would finally get the recognition it deserves. Maybe people would finally realize it's completely normal if they knew it happened throughout history. I recommend this book to anyone, especially YA audiences, looking for a good non-fiction book to read.
I give Queer, There, and Everywhere: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.