First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far)

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In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of nonfiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer experience, from coming out to ?passing? as straight to growing old to living proud. These are the stories of contemporary gay and lesbian 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 one hundred ...

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Overview

In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of nonfiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer experience, from coming out to “passing” as straight to growing old to living proud. These are the stories of contemporary gay and lesbian 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 one hundred books), First Person Queer puts the “personal” back into “queer.”

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Personal nonfiction accounts from every stripe in the rainbow and then some. In their second anthology, Labonte and Schimel (The Future is Queer, 2006) have assembled a plethora of Canadian and American authors who share the "satisfaction of a realized sexual self," a penchant for the pronoun "I" (though not all contributors prefer it in its upper case state) and little else. The collection winningly celebrates differences rooted in a variety of ways to the mutable boundaries of sexuality and gender. Nalo Hopkinson, who identifies herself as a "queer, poly woman," begins by discussing her difficulties in filling out a questionnaire on women's sexual fantasies; she found no boxes into which she "could have wedged my experience." Gregory Woods worries that his "queer membership" has lapsed because a transurethral prostate resection at age 50 has rendered him impotent. "I am a suburban, middle-aged, neo-virgin, luxuriating in regret," he movingly laments. "How queer is that?" Transgendered author and performance artist Kate Bornstein offers a touching, funny piece detailing the delicacy involved in describing to the "blue-haired" ladies at her mother's funeral her relation to the deceased. Her identity was less of an issue for Mom, Bornstein writes: "I told her that one of her two sons was about to become a dyke. She preferred the word lesbian. ‘My son, the lesbian,' she would tell her close friends, with a deep sigh and a smile on her lips." Some selections are more successful than others, but individual snapshots matter less than the extraordinary queer panorama they collectively embody. Whether read in a couple of sittings or savored essay by essay, this is an eye-opening vista ondiversity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551522272
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,419,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Labonté 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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Table of Contents


Introduction: We're All in Here, Somewhere$dLabonte & Schimel     7
The Straight Girl at the Party   Stacey May Fowles     10
Uncle Arthur   Josh Kilmer-Purcell     15
Genderquerulous   Nalo Hopkinson     20
A Never-Gardening Gay Old Man   Sky Gilbert     28
Hoowahyoo?   Kate Bornstein     32
Cool/Queer/Cool   R. Gay     36
A wo'mn called sir   Sharon Bridgforth     39
Greys   D. Travers Scott     46
Why Point Out What We Already Know?   Chong-suk Han     52
Breath   Achy Obejas     57
The Modernist Chair: A Short History   Robin Metcalfe     62
Miss Scarlet, with Cat Poo, in the Castro   Kirk Read     68
Threats   Arden Eli Hill     72
Dual Identities   Jane Van Ingen     77
Birds in the Hand   George K. Ilsley     81
The Politics of Pride: A Personal Journey   Katherine V. Forrest     86
Survey Says   David C. Findlay     91
Theories about Bodies and Truth   Sandra Lambert     100
Marriage: Why ITook the Plunge   Daniel Gawthrop     103
Why I Don't Want to Marry (and Why I Don't Want You to Either)   Joy Parks     108
Shirts Versus Skins   Christopher DiRaddo     113
A Lollipop and a Dime   Blaine Marchand     117
Tribute to a Community of Artists: A Femme Diary   Mary M. Davies     122
Gay and Tired   Andy Quan     127
Not Getting Killed, With Kindness   S. Bear Bergman     132
Wild Nights   Simon Sheppard     139
Every Street Has Its Girl   Bonnie J. Morris     145
Homofauxbia   Joshua Dalton     151
Large and Back in Charge   Shawn Syms     154
Descend   Jason Timermanis     158
Deep Pockets   Gayle Roberts     162
The Sexual Luddite   Jeffrey Rotin     166
Words   Therese Szymanski     171
Altered People   Gregory Woods     176
Daughters of Zelophehad   Karen Taylor     181
Hecklers and Christians   David Hatfield Sparks     186
Conduct Unbecoming   Stan Persky     191
Unfriendly    Mette Bach     200
Queer Person First   Tim Miller     203
The Future of Francis   Ivan E. Coyote     210
About the Authors     213
About the Editors     222
Publication Credits     224
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