cover image A Queer History of the United States for Young People

A Queer History of the United States for Young People

Michael Bronski, adapted by Richie Chevat. Beacon, $18.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-8070-5612-7

In this adaptation of his 2011 book for adults, Bronski suggests that the Stonewall riots were precipitated by a great many LGBTQ Americans making their own strides toward liberty. Bronski opens with a discussion of the gender fluidity embraced by some indigenous North American tribes before providing brief biographies of queer individuals from history, along with discussion of changing views on sexuality throughout time. Some figures—Emily Dickinson, Jane Addams, Harvey Milk—will be familiar to readers. More obscure subjects include Jazz Age blues singer Gladys Bentley; 19th-century actor Charlotte Cushman; activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya; and Jose Sarria, the first openly gay candidate to run for public office in the U.S., in 1961. Chavet’s adaptation includes chapters devoted to modern coming-out stories, profiles of contemporary activists, and a look into “the future of queer history.” Readers seeking role models from the past will find an edifying resource and invitation for further exploration into untold stories. Ages 12–up. (June)