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Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states

Allen, Samantha (Journalist), author.
Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states / Samantha Allen.
First edition.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019. ©2019
307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Variant title
LGBT stories from red states
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Introduction : Queer in Trump's America
  • Seeing red
  • Prodigal daughter
  • Texas outrageous
  • Boo-mington
  • Not the family that you're in
  • Crossroads
  • Going home
  • Epilogue : The bright road ahead.
"A transgender reporter's narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America. Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary who cited the Bible to denounce homosexuality. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of red state America, and of queer people who stay in so-called flyover country rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah, to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt and to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: 'Something gay every day.' Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to extraordinary LGBT people working for change, including the first openly transgender mayor in Texas, a bisexual activist in Mississippi, the manager of the only queer bar in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more. Along the way, Allen weaves in her own moving story of discovering her identity, venturing out of the closet, meeting her wife, and creating a national network of chosen family. In writing this book, she takes her place among them, reclaiming 'real America' as beautifully, unequivocally, powerfully queer. While Allen faces the dark realities and challenges of queer life in the United States head-on her book is anything but despairing. Real Queer America is a story of hope, joy, friendship, and the exhilarating possibility of change for the better."--Publisher's description
Subject headings
Allen, Samantha (Journalist)--Travel--Middle West. Allen, Samantha (Journalist)--Travel--Southern States. Transgender people--Middle West. Transgender people--Southern States. Gay culture--Middle West. Gay culture--Southern States. Gay men--Middle West. Lesbians--Middle West. Bisexuals--Southern States.
Genre heading
Autobiographies. Autobiographies.
9780316516037 (hardcover) 0316516031 (hardcover)


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