First Person Queer: Who We are (so Far)

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Lawrence Schimel, Richard Labonté
Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
2 Reviews

Winner, Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Anthologies

Winner, Independent Publisher Award (GOLD), Gay/Lesbian

In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of non-fiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer (gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans) experience: from coming out to "passing" as straight, to the devastation of meth addiction, to growing old to living proud. These are the stories of contemporary queer life―and by definition, are funny, sad, hopeful, and truthful. Representing a diversity of genders, ages, races, and orientations, and edited by two acclaimed writers and anthologists (who between them have written or edited almost 100 books), First Person Queer depicts the diversity, the complexity, and the excitement of contemporary GLBTQ life.

Contributors include S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun), Kate Bornstein (Gender Outlaw), Sharon Bridgforth (The Bull-Jean Stories), Ivan E. Coyote (Bow Grip), Katherine V. Forrest (Curious Wine), Daniel Gawthrop (The Rice Queen Diaries), George K. Ilsley (ManBug), Nalo Hopkinson (The New Moon's Arms), Josh Kilmer-Purcell (I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir), Tim Miller (Body Blows, Shirts and Skin), Achy Obejas (Memory Mambo), Stan Persky (Buddy's), Simon Sheppard (Kinkorama).

-- Arsenal Pulp Press

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Personal nonfiction accounts from every stripe in the rainbow and then some.In their second anthology, Labonté and Schimel (The Future is Queer, 2006) have assembled a plethora of Canadian and ... Read full review

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User Review  - georgekilsley - LibraryThing

A diverse and exciting collection of essays. Read full review


A Short History 62 Robin Metcalfe
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Hecklers and Christians 186 David Hatfield Sparks

About the author (2007)

Richard Labonte has been the editor of the book series Best Gay Erotica (Cleis) since 1997. He writes a syndicated gay book review column, ?Book Marks, ? for Q Syndicate, and also the gay men's edition of ?Books to Watch Out For.? He lives in Bowen Island, BC, Canada. Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 80 books in many genres, including PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality (with Carol Queen), The Drag Queen of Elfland, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and Things Invisible to See: Lesbian and Gay Tales of Magic Realism.

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