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  • Southern. Gay. TeacherSouthern. Gay. Teacher. : A Memoir by Randy Fair

    Fair, Randy.

    The South as a region has proven to be resistant to the idea of LGBTQ teachers. Some Southerners, including prominent politicians, have gone as far as asserting that it should be against the law for LGBTQ people to teach. This memoir chronicles the changes that Randy Fair witnessed in his over forty years of experience, both as a teacher and student, in the school systems of the South.

    Fair explores his experiences of overcoming his homophobic, conservative, and chaotic upbringing through the help of his teachers. He also tracks his own evolution as a gay teacher. From threats by administrators, distrust from homophobic students, and challenges by students, both gay and straight, who desperately needed more openness surrounding the issues of concern for LGBTQ people, Fair examines the difficulties he faced as a gay teacher in the South.

    Fair's teaching experiences also bring up issues of concern for both current and prospective teachers. Which parts of a teacher's life are public and which are private? What right does a teacher have to engage in politics and activism? How much of a teacher's beliefs are consciously or subconsciously embedded in the curriculum and the classroom experience? Through the examination of Fair's thirty years as a teacher, readers can examine more deeply the many roles and identities that a teacher must constantly confront.

  • RainbowRainbow : A Novella

    Arzu, Verde.

    Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintainingthe grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor's whole way of life is called into question.

    RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vibe. It's the first of many queer black novellas by the author Verde Arzu.

  • RainbowRainbow : A Novella

    Arzu, Verde.

    Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintainingthe grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor's whole way of life is called into question.

    RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vibe. It's the first of many queer black novellas by the author Verde Arzu.

  • Umi & UmaUmi & Uma : The Story of Two Mommies and a Baby

    Davis-Williams, Nyesha and Samantha.

    The perfect children's book for any household looking to add diverse children's books to their library, Umi and Uma is the story of two mommies and a baby. Written by two real moms raising a new baby, this story within a story explains to baby Abigail how her two mommies decided to start a family in the far away land of Astrin.

  • Don't call us deadDon't call us dead : poems

    Smith, Danez, author.

    Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.

  • Red at the boneRed at the bone

    Woodson, Jacqueline, author.

    "Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony -- a celebration that ultimately never took place"--Adapted from jacket.

  • The stars and the blackness between themThe stars and the blackness between them

    Petrus, Junauda, author.

    "Told in two voices, sixteen-year-old Audre and Mabel, both young women of color from different backgrounds, fall in love and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness." --

  • You should see me in a crownYou should see me in a crown

    Johnson, Leah, (Young adult author), author.

    Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine--but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for promking and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.

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  • A two-spirit journeyA two-spirit journey : the autobiography of a lesbian Ojibwa-Cree elder

    Chacaby, Ma-Nee, 1950-, author.

    A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery.

    "A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.

    As a child, Chacaby learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. In 2013, Chacaby led the first gay pride parade in Thunder Bay.

    Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humour, and resilience. Her memoir provides unprecedented insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.

  • PariahPariah

    Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity--sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

  • Spaces between usSpaces between us : queer settler colonialism and indigenous decolonization

    Morgensen, Scott Lauria.

  • The man who folded himselfThe man who folded himself

    Gerrold, David, 1944-

  • Infamous desireInfamous desire male homosexuality in colonial Latin America

  • Operation StarseedOperation Starseed

    Snyder, J. M.

  • Out/linesOut/lines underground gay graphics from before Stonewall

    Waugh, Thomas 1948-

  • But I'm a cheerleaderBut I'm a cheerleader

    When cheerleader Megan's friends and family gang up to send her off to a sexual rehabilitation camp, things don't work out quite as they'd hoped.

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