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Real Queer America: Lgbt Stories from Red States

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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 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 scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more.

  • Capturing profound cultural shifts underway in unexpected places and revealing a national network of chosen family fighting for a better world, Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories and a much-needed source of hope and inspiration in these divided times.
  • LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST - A transgender reporter's "powerful, profoundly moving" narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states (New York Times Book Review), offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America.
  • Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a GLAAD Award-winning journalist happily married to another woman.
  • Contents:
  • Introduction: Queer in Trump's America
  • Chapter 1

Seeing Red

  • Chapter 2

Prodigal Daughter

  • Chapter 3

Texas Outrageous

  • Chapter 4

Boo-mington

  • Chapter 5

Not the Family That You're In

  • Chapter 6

Crossroads

  • Chapter 7

Going Home


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  • Samantha Allen is a GLAAD Award-winning journalist and the author of Love & Estrogen (Amazon Original Stories). A former senior reporter for The Daily Beast, she has been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Out, among other places, and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR's On the Media. She received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in 2015 and was the 2013 recipient of the Kinsey Institute's John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology. She met her wife in a Kinsey Institute elevator -- a true queer love story.
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (June 16, 2020)
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Size: 5.6 x 1.15 x 8.25 inches
  • Paperback: 320 pages
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