Bach, Michael, 1971- author
Diversity and inclusion expert Michael Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for people who don't fit squarely into the "straight" and "cis" box. With clarity and a healthy dose of humour, Bach lays out a road map on how to ensure your workplace is safe for LGBTQ2+ people. This is a critical guide to creating a truly inclusive workplace for all - regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression - as you'll come away armed with everything you need to know to create a safe, productive, and thriving organization.
Coyote, Ivan, 1969- author
In the early days of the coronavirus lockdown, like every artist and creator, writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote was faced with a calendar full of cancelled shows and a heart full of questions that all rhymed with what now? To keep busy while figuring out what to write about next, Ivan began to answer the backlog of mail and correspondences that had come in while they were on the pre-pandemic road: emails, letters, direct messages on social media, soggy handwritten notes found tucked under the windshield wiper of their car after a gig, all of it. In Care Of, Coyote combines the most moving and powerful of these letters with the responses they've sent in the months since the lockdown. Taken together, they become an affirming and joyous reflection on many of the themes and ideas central to Coyote's beloved work as an author and storyteller--a giant love letter to the idea of human connection and the power of truly listening to each other.
Plett, Casey, author
Centering transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, and in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days. In "Hazel and Christopher," two childhood friends reconnect as adults after one of them has transitioned. In "Perfect Places," a woman grapples with undesirability as she navigates fetish play with a man. In "Couldn't Hear You Talk Anymore," the narrator reflects on her tumultuous life and what might have been as she recalls tender moments with another trans woman.
Austin, Emily R., author
Gilda, a twenty-something, atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Responding to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, Gilda finds herself mistakenly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace. Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace's old friend, but can't bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace's death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.
DiRaddo, Christopher, 1974- author
The year Paul turns forty, his friends Wendy and Eve ask him to help them get pregnant. Nothing about the process feels natural to him. But for a gay man of a certain age, making a family still means finding your own way through a world with few ready answers. The eighteen-month journey reveals many insights about Paul's past and present, from his strained relationship to his father, his overprotective relationship with his partner Michael, and the many friends around him whom he considers his family.
Fierstein, Harvey, 1952- author.
"A revealing, poignant, and hilarious memoir from the cultural icon, gay rights activist, and four-time Tony Award winner. Harvey Fierstein's stellar career has taken him from Broadway to Hollywood and back. He's received accolades and awards for acting-Hairspray, Fiddler, Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day-and writing: La Cage Aux Folle, Torch Song Trilogy (for which he also won a Tony for acting) and Kinky Boots. But while he is widely known as one of today's most peerless performers, Harvey has never shared his own story until now"-- Provided by publisher.
Jackson, Kosoko, author
"A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson. It's been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting up at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask-he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees. The dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson's plus one to Georgia's wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can't afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he'll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs. But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it's time for both men to fact-check their feelings"-- Provided by publisher.
Power, Rory, author
"Twins imbued with incredible magic and near-immortality will do anything to keep their family safe-even if it tears the siblings apart-in the first book of a mythic epic fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls. Rhea and her twin brother, Lexos, have spent an eternity helping their father rule their small, unstable country, using their control over the seasons, tides, and stars to keep the people in line. For a hundred years, they've been each other's only ally, defending each other and their younger siblings against their father's increasingly unpredictable anger. Now, with an independence movement gaining ground and their father's rule weakening, the twins must take matters into their own hands to keep their family-and their entire world-from crashing down around them. But other nations are jockeying for power, ready to cross and double cross, and if Rhea and Lexos aren't careful, they'll end up facing each other across the battlefield"-- Provided by publisher.
Lacey, Rachel, author.
"Lia Harris is tired of being the odd one out. She's never quite fit in with her uptight family...But with her brother's London nuptials approaching, she needs to find a date to save face. Lia turns to her best friend, Rosie, for help, and Rosie delivers--with the fun, gorgeous Grace Poston...Both Grace and Lia are prepared for an awkward weekend...As it turns out, they get along well...Before they know it, the chemistry they're faking feels all too real"-- Provided by publisher.
Set in contemporary suburban Japan, Sora Itoda is a sixteen-year-old aspiring painter. He wants to live honestly as a young gay man, but that is still not acceptable in Japanese society. Sora's world changes forever when he meets Mr. Amamiya, a middle-aged gentleman who is the owner and proprietor of a local coffee shop and is completely, unapologetically out as a gay man. A mentorship and platonic friendship ensues as Sora comes out to him and Mr. Amamiya counsels Sora about how to deal with who he is. But when a figure from his past suddenly appears, the situation becomes a vivid example of just how complicated life can be.
Muldoon, Molly, 1987-, author.
"Asexuality is often called The Invisible Orientation. You don't learn about it in school, you don't hear "ace" on television. So, it's kinda hard to be ace in a society so steeped in sex that no one knows you exist. Too many young people grow up believing that their lack of sexual desire means they are broken - so writer Molly Muldoon and cartoonist Will Hernandez, both in the ace community, are here to shed light on society's misconceptions of asexuality and what being ace is really like. This book is for anyone who wants to learn about asexuality, and for Ace people themselves, to validate their experiences. Asexuality is a real identity and it's time the world recognizes it. Here's to being invisible no more!"-- Provided by publisher.
G, Mady author
A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys! In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples.
Rutkoski, Marie, author
It's 1999, and Samantha has danced for years at the Lovely Lady strip club. She's not used to taking anyone under her wing, but when Samantha overrides her better judgment to drive a new dancer home, they are run off the road. The police arrive at the scene of the accident - but find only one body. Georgia, another dancer, is drawn into the investigation. As the point of view shifts from dancers and detectives to club patrons and children, the women round up a list of suspects, all the while grappling with their understandings of loss and love.
Smithers, Gregory D., 1974- author.
Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl from Hungarian Hill. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. Luli is willing to do whatever it takes - even if that means becoming the monster herself. Author of "The Chosen and the Beautiful." Print run 150,000.
Diana Goetsch chronicles her long journey to coming out, a path that runs parallel to the emergence of the trans community over the past several decades. Goetsch has not written a transition memoir, but rather a full account of a trans life, one both unusually public and closeted. All too often trans lives are reduced to before-and-after photos, but what if that before photo lasted fifty years? Print run 20,000.
Billings, Alexandra, 1962- author.
Born in 1962, Alexandra Billings grew up in a decade in which being herself was illegal. When she started transitioning in 1980, there were no Trans role models and no path to follow. Spanning five decades, from profound lows to exhilarating highs, Alexandra weaves a true coming-of-age story of richly imaginative lies, of friends being swept away by a plague that decimated the community, of her determination to establish a career that would break boundaries, and of the recognition of her own power.
Vuong, Ocean, 1988- author
In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother's death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.
Yanagihara, Hanya, author
Spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, an unforgettable cast of characters are united by their reckonings with the qualities that make us human--fear, love, shame, need, and loneliness.
When Munroe Bergdorf began to transition in 2009, her only goal was blending in. More than a decade later, Bergdorf has reconsidered that thinking: transitioning is an ingrained part of the human experience, not just a process that only trans people go through. Part memoir, part big idea book that explores the nature of transition, its significance in Bergdorf's life, how it impacts society, and what it means for our own experiences. Bergdorf reminds us that our unique differences give us power and shows how these differences can be harnessed as a tool to heal, build community, inspire personal growth, and forge a path for progress forward together. Print run 75,000.
Mayquist, Kit, author.
"Med school dropout Lena is desperate for a job, any job, to help her parents, who are approaching bankruptcy after her father was injured and laid off nearly simultaneously. So, when she is offered a position, against all odds, working for one of Boston's most elite families, the illustrious and secretive Verdeaus, she knows she must accept it-no matter how bizarre the interview or how vague the job description. By day, she is assistant to the family doctor and his charge, Jonathan, the sickly, poetic, drunken heir to the family empire, who is as difficult as his illness is mysterious. By night, Lena discovers the more sinister side of the family, as she works overtime at their lavish parties, helping to hide their self-destructive tendencies ... and trying not to fall for Jonathan's alluring sister, Audrey. But when she stumbles upon the knowledge that the Verdeau patriarch is the one responsible for the ruin of her own family, Lena vows to get revenge-a poison-filled quest that leads her further into this hedonistic world than she ever bargained for, forcing her to decide how much-and who-she's willing to sacrifice for payback. The perfect next read for fans of Mexican Gothic, Tripping Arcadia is a page-turning and shocking tale with an unforgettable protagonist that explores family legacy and inheritance, the sacrifices we must make to get by in today's world, and the intoxicating, dangerous power of wealth"-- Provided by publisher.
Chacaby, Ma-Nee, 1950- author
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.
Drawn on ancient texts and modern archeology to reveal the trans woman's story hidden underneath the well-known myths of "The Iliad." Achilles has fled her home to live as a woman. When Odysseus comes to recruit the "prince" Achilles for a war against the Hittites, he prepares to die rather than fight as a man. Her divine mother Athena intervenes, transforming her body into the woman's body she always longed for. Immortal Helen, who sees Achilles as a worthy enemy, is in love with her newfound nemesis and sets out to destroy everything and everyone Achilles cherishes, seeking a battle to the death. Print run 50,000.