Pride Month 2021 - Selections curated by Julia Green

By Front Street Books

By Front Street Books

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays

Lauren Hough

$16.95 $15.59

"As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe--to Germany, Japan, Texas, Chile--but it wasn't until she finally left for good that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond The Family. This is on my "Must Read" list.

Girlhood

Melissa Febos

$27.00 $24.84

Learning that as a young woman you do not have to be defined by your body. The habits and defenses that we are taught, learn and create are not always good, need to evolve and sometimes abandoned. We learn to create our voice from ourselves. Also a Must Read.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Alison Bechdel

$24.00 $22.08

Funny graphic novel format, deals with self-obsession with the physical form and society's pressures and definition of the physical. She grasps at anything to help her find away to define and accept herself - exercise, philosophies, etc. Very relevant.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo

$18.99 $17.47

America, 1954, not the best time to be a lesbian. YA historical novel, Chinatown during the Red Scare. Not just LGBTQIA+ relevant but timely for the current general backlash against Asian Americans.

Julián Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

$16.99 $15.63

Beautiful children's book celebrating self-love and individuality about a young boy enamored with mermaids and costumes.

King and the Dragonflies

Kacen Callender

$17.99 $16.55

Middle Reader coming of age/discovering identity, young boy learns that there is no "right" way to be yourself, you are who you are. Deals with abuse and bullying. National Book Award Winner.

The Guncle

Steven Rowley

$27.00 $24.84

Gay man becomes primary caregiver of two young children. Lots of humor, stress, angst. He has to deal with the regular bull of whether or not a gay man should raise two kids on his own, etc. Despite some of the same old, same old this is still very inciteful and enjoyable.

Black Girl, Call Home

Jasmine Mans

$15.00 $13.80

Poetry collection, poems about the struggle to adulthood, speaks to women on a journey of self-discovery.

Our Subway Baby

Peter Mercurio and Leo Espinosa

$17.99 $16.55

The true story of Kevin and how he found his Daddy Danny and Papa Pete. Written as a direct address to his son, Pete's moving and emotional text tells how his partner, Danny, found a baby tucked away in a corner of a subway station on his way home from work one day. Pete and Danny ended up adopting the baby together. Although neither of them had prepared for the prospect of parenthood, they are reminded, where there is love, anything is possible.

Malice

Heather Walter

$27.00 $24.84

Fun, funny fantasy! Princess kisses Prince? Yuck! Princess kisses lady dark magician? Hey now, there's a story. That's the way this goes. Entertaining spoof of all the cursed princess fairy tales.

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement

$18.00 $16.56

In this collection, a diverse group of authors focuses on concrete and practical forms of redress and accountability, assessing existing practices and marking paths forward. They use a variety of forms--from toolkits to personal essays--to delve deeply into the "how to" of transformative justice, providing alternatives to calling the police, ways to support people having mental health crises, stories of community-based murder investigations, and much more. At the same time, they document the history of this radical movement, creating space for long-time organizers to reflect on victories, struggles, mistakes, and transformations. Fascinating, especially in the wake of concepts like Defunding the police.

Stone Fruit

Lee Lai

$24.99 $22.99

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray's niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in all three of their lives, which ping-pong between familial tensions and deep-seeded personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate from each other and attempt to repair their broken family ties -- Ray with her overworked, resentful single-mother sister and Bron with her religious teenage sister who doesn't fully grasp the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew.

The Queer Bible: Essays

Jack Guinness

$25.99 $23.91

Personal stories and histories of the long and glorious LGBTQ+ history. Contemporary queer heroes pay homage to those who helped them pave their paths. Honors timeless queer icons.

The Essential June Jordan

June Jordan

$18.00 $16.56

Poetry collection of June Jordan. Born in Harlem in 1936, Jordan strived to expose people to a multicultural worldview and to train teachers to teach the power of poetry from a multicultural worldview.

The Stonewall Reader

$18.00 $16.56

Because everyone needs a history of Stonewall. June 28, 2019 was the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.

A History of My Brief Body

Billy-Ray Belcourt

$15.99 $14.71

Billy-Ray Belcourt's debut memoir opens with a tender letter to his kokum and memories of his early life in the hamlet of Joussard, Alberta, and on the Driftpile First Nation. Piece by piece, Billy-Ray's writings invite us to unpack and explore the big and broken world he inhabits every day, in all its complexity and contradiction: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it; first loves and first loves lost; sexual exploration and intimacy; the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. With startling honesty, and in a voice distinctly and assuredly his own, Belcourt situates his life experiences within a constellation of seminal queer texts, among which this book is sure to earn its place. Eye-opening, intensely emotional, and excessively quotable, A History of My Brief Body demonstrates over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.

A Queer History of the United States for Young People

Michael Bronski

$18.95 $17.43

A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski's book takes the reader through the centuries--from Columbus' arrival and the brutal treatment the Native peoples received, through the American Revolution's radical challenging of sex and gender roles--to the violent, and liberating, 19th century--and the transformative social justice movements of the 20th. Bronski's book is filled with startling examples of often ignored or unknown aspects of American history: the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the prevalence of cross-dressing women soldiers in the Civil War, the effect of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the great backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. More than anything, A Queer History of the United States is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history--and why it should matter to both LGBT people and heterosexuals alike."

Fairest: A Memoir

Meredith Talusan

$27.00 $24.84

Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a sun child from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Talusan found childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful episodes of desirability and love that will remind readers of works such as Call Me By Your Name and Giovanni's Room. Her evocative reflections will shift our own perceptions of love, identity, gender, and the fairness of life.

Boy Erased (Movie Tie-In): A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family

Garrard Conley

$16.00

"The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to cure him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, Boy Erased is a testament to love that survives despite all odds."

I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir

Chasten Buttigieg

$27.00 $24.84

A moving, hopeful, and refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in his small Midwestern town, his relationship with Pete, and his hope for America's future.

Lot: Stories

Bryan Washington

$25.00 $23.00

Bryan Washington’s brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, raw power, and the infinite longing of people searching for home. With soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life, Lot explores trust and love in all its unsparing and unsteady forms.

Untamed

Glennon Doyle

$28.00 $25.76

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, activist, speaker, and bestselling author, Glennon Doyle explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

Joseph Chapman: My Molly Life

James Lovejoy

$16.98

Joseph Chapman is a young denizen of late 18th century London, who must contend not only with being orphaned and consigned to an execrable charity school, but also with the sense he is different in important ways from other boys. At the Little Eastcheap Free School for Unfortunate Boys, Joe encounters the predatory headmaster, Mr. Peevers, and a boy, Chowder, who becomes the one person he can trust. When they are separated for their apprenticeships, Joe does well. He becomes apprenticed to a prominent progressive bookseller, but Chowder must contend with the drunken greengrocer Tobias Cudworth and his wife, Dulcibella. With some help from his bookseller, Joe reconnects with Chowder, intending to resume their relationship. Chowder is eager to do the same, but due to treachery, Joe and Chowder soon find themselves in Newgate Prison, facing trial for the capital offense of sodomy.

Girl in the Walls

Katy Michelle Quinn

$14.95 $13.75

Leaving the city was not Vernon's choice. Neither was moving into an old house in a bumpkin-run town in the Cascadian forest, where the shadows move and the stairs make a sound like dying crows. It's a relief when Vernon discovers a space inside the walls of his bedroom, a space inhabited by a mysterious girl named Violet. Violet's nothing like Vernon. She's pretty and cool, and she has a closetful of cute clothes. But as Vernon and Violet become friends, Vernon starts to realize that she's much more like him than he thought, leading him down a fairy-tale path of self-discovery. Out of the closet and into the world.