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NON-FICTION MATERIALS

See below for information on finding books and other materials on LGBTQ-related issues.

 

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Looking for something specific?  

 

Here are some search terms for finding non-fiction materials about  LGBTQ-related topics.  Enter one of these terms into the search box on the library website.   For materials such as newspapers, journal or magazine articles or videos, use the search terms below and the "everything" search.  For a print book, use the search terms below and in the drop down menu, change "everything" to "library catalog."

 

Gay(s)                                                           Transexual

Lesbian(s)                                                    Transexuality

Homosexual                                                 Sexual orientation

Homosexuality                                             Queer

Same sex                                                      Bisexual

 

Want something from Wenatchee when you are a student in Omak or vice versa?  No problem.  See your librarian for help!

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Not sure what you are looking for?  Want to browse a bit?  The bulk of the LGBTQ materials are in the 306.76 section.  In Wenatchee, those materials are on the main floor of the library.

 

Still not sure?  Talk to a librarian.

A FEW SUGGESTIONS...

Before I Had the Words/Skylar Kergil

306.7689 KERGIL 2017

At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, then-seventeen-year-old Skylar Kergil posted his first video on YouTube. In the months and years that followed, he recorded weekly update videos about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. Skylar's openness and positivity attracted thousands of viewers, who followed along as his voice deepened and his body changed shape. Through surgeries and recovery, highs and lows, from high school to college to the real world, Skylar welcomed others on his journey. Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative as it is entertaining, this memoir provides an intimate look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another. Skylar opens up about the long path to gaining his family's acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps. Revealing entries from the author's personal journals as well as interviews with his mother, brother, and friends lend remarkable depth to Skylar's story. A groundbreaking chronicle of change, loss, discovery, pain, and relief, Before I Had the Words brings new meaning to thephrase "formative years."

At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, Kergil posted weekly update videos on YouTube about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. His openness and positivity attracted thousands of viewers, who followed along as his voice deepened and his body changed shape. This is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. Kergil opens up about the long path to gaining his family's acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps.

Gender Born, Gender Made / /Diane Ehrensaft

306.768 EHRENSA 2011

"Gender Born, Gender Made is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender. Drawing on the case histories of several children, each "gender creative" in his or her own way, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding and supporting children who experience confusion about their gender identities. She also discusses the latest therapeutic advancements available to gender-variant children. Traditionally, psychologists have sought to "cure" gender variance by pressuring children to conform to typical gender behavior. From her perspective as both clinician and parent of a gender creative child, Dr. Ehrensaft advocates a new approach, encouraging caregivers to support gender-variant children as they explore their gender identities. Rather than offering a "cure" for gender variance, Gender Born, Gender Made facilitates improved understanding and communication about gender identity."--Publisher description.

It Gets Better / Dan Savage

306.76083 ITGETS 2012

A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people, because while many of LGBT teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can."--P. [4] of cover

Kicked Out / Sassafras Lowrey

306.760839 KICKED 2010

"In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked out brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens."

Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves / Zander Keig

306.7689 MANNING 2014

Twenty-seven men who transitioned from female to male discuss their roles as male community members: fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, friends, and mentors. 

Mom, Dad. I'm Gay / Ritch C. Savin-Williams

306.76083 SAVIN 2001

"Drawing from over 150 original interviews with teenagers, psychologist Ritch C. Savin-Williams separates fact from fiction in this survey of coming out experiences. Drawing from existing developmental research, he illustrates the wide range of family reactions and discusses the factors that determine how parents come to terms with the disclosure over time. Dr. Savin-Williams reveals that the coming out experience is greatly influenced by gender, and chapters highlight common mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, and father-son dynamics. At the end of the book, readers will find tips on how parents can be helped to negotiate the coming out process and learn to support their child's emerging sexual identity. This book will be an excellent resource for those who counsel or work with lesbian, gay, or bisexual children and their families and for psychologists and researchers interested in this underresearched subject."--Jacket.

The Pink Triangle / Richard Plant

306.766209 PLANT 1988

The Pink Triangle sheds light on a corner of contemporary history that has long remained in the shadows: thepersecution of homosexuals under the Third Reich. The author, himself a refugee from Nazi Germany, begins at theturn of the 20th century when widespread anti-gay prejudice was increasingly challenged in Germany by the rise of a vigorous homosexual emancipation movement. The various popular and scientific beliefs that often defamed and sometimes romanticized the gays are analyzed in depth. The Nazi movement, as it emerged in the 1920s, drew upon a rich tradition of sexual prejudice while adding its own brand of gutter fanaticism. The author records the origins and growth of the virulent homophobia that underlay the Nazi desire to annihilate Germany's homosexuals in order to ensure the "purity" of the Master Race. Street brutalities, as well as legal formalities, are described in detail. Painstaking study is given to the evolution of official Nazi policy toward the homosexuals , including the recurring strategies for their degradation, imprisonment, enslavement, and, finally, extermination. Directed by Himmler and his SS, the war against gays resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and thousands of deaths. How this campaign was conducted--the crackpot fantasies that fueled it, the men who made it possible, and the men who were its victims--is the subject of this book. The Nazi crusade against the gays saw friends, acquaintances--some no more than a name in someone's address book--arrested and shipped to concentration camps. There, forced to wear pink triangles, the accused constituted the lowest rung in the camp hierarchy. The horror of what camp life was like for them is revealed through diaries, documents never before translated from the German, and interviews with and letters from survivors. The Nazi rage against the homosexuals was more than an outburst by the gangsters of Europe; it was the attempted elimination of the polluting stranger, the defiling^ other.--Adapted from book jacket. 

QUEER: A Graphic History/ Meg-John Barker

GN 306.768 BARKER 2016

Activist-academic Meg John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what's 'normal'--Alfred Kinsey's view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler's view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we're invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media."--Publisher description.

Though not a graphic novel, this highly illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject.

QUEER: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens / Kathy Belge

306.768 BELGE 2011

A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

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