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Amy Sonnie - Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology

Amy Sonnie - Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology

Contributors: Amy Sonnie, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Alegria Sonata Barclay, Alix Lindsey Olson, Andromeda,

Anna Mills, Antigona, Ariana Banias, Attar of Nishapur, Beth Ann Dowler, Bree Zuckerman, Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin, Chris Cotrina, Colleen K. Donovan, Dana Nicole Robinson, Dani Frances Montgomery, Daryl Vocat,

De Anne Lyn Smith, Emil Keliane, Gina de Vries, Gloria Ng, Jason Roe, Jerome C. Boyce, John Frazier, Katherine Heather Grobman, Kevin Rolfe, Kohei Ishihara, Lisa Lusero, Liz Gaden, Margot Kelley Rodríguez,

Maria Poblet, Mario Anthony Balcita, Matt Wiedenheft, Meicha, Meliza Banales, Mollie Biewald, Nzinga Akili, Qwo-Li Driskill, Rachel Josloff, Ryan Pesigan Reyes, Ryn Gluckman, S. Asher Hanley, Sara Frog Davidson, Shane Luitjens, Sherisse Alvarez, Siobhan Brooks, T. Rowan, Thea Gahr, Tim Arevalo, Uchechi Kalu,

Genre: LGBTQA2

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About the Book:

Invisible. Unheard. Alone. Chilling words but apt to describe the isolation and alienation of queer youth. In silence and fear they move from childhood memories of repression or violence to the unknown, unmentored, landscape of queer adulthood, their voices stilled or ignored. No longer. Revolutionary Voices celebrates the hues and harmonies of the future of gay and lesbian society, presenting not a collection of stories but a collection of experiences, ideas, dreams, and fantasies expressed through prose, poetry, artwork, letters, diaries, and performance pieces.

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The Review:

5 Stars

Amazing true stories of strength and self-identity

What a magnificent collection of revolutionary voices, edited (and contributed) by Amy Sonnie, and all of the multi-cultural queer youths that contributed to this book. If first found out about this book, when I was researching banned books. After reading everyone's story, some more than once, I still can't believe why it is a banned or challenged book. Everyone who contributed to this book, told their personal story in different ways, whether it was art, poetry, letters, diary, or just an essay or article, about their journey and every obstacle and triumphs they had to go through. Some of the stories were unimaginable, and heartbreaking, while others were uplifting. Actually, even the heartbreaking stories helped the person who wrote about the experience. I learned a lot about things I didn't know, and I took the time to read the glossary at the end of the book. Some of the stories are about coming out, gender or sexual identity, and some were about race and the culture that surrounds the person who is figuring out who they truly are. One of the stories that stood out in my mind, was when a person told a parent about being "bisexual" and the parent's response was can't you just make up your mind? There was another emotional story, and it ended with the quote, "We were there because we should not be living in a time where one must weep over the memory of bathing another human being." Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.



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