It is an important book. Not just for broadening one’s horizons, but also as a historical document. This book was (and still is) very important to the canon of queer and trans literature. For that reason alone, it should be read by anyone who wants a decent working knowledge of queer/trans history.
The Election Episode from October 21st, 2022. Our special guest is Will Johnson, Legislative Officer from the Kennedy Club. We discuss the upcoming election and the propositions and measures on the ballot in California.
As is common in the genre of romance (and in YA) there is not a lot of character development but there is a fair bit of personal drama and angst. And while the characters are interesting and their fashion senses are extremely on point, I will say that I wanted more.
Our guests included Carlene Mendez of Westcare, Julio Mastro of the Fresno AIDS Walk, and Kathleen Arambula Reyna of the Fresno REEL Pride Film Festival. Chris and Kaylia also discuss Suicide Prevention and our regular feature: the Good News / Bad News.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants a ghost story fairy tale about magical woods and literary levels of how society treats outsiders. It isn’t overly spooky, but the prose is beautiful, the magic was folkloreesque, the ending satisfying, and bonus… a lesbian couple!
If the description of “beautifully written queer retelling of a classic but feminist and from a reimagined and now nonwhite side character” piques your interest, I think you will definitely enjoy this book.
Short story collections tend to be a mix of protagonists and situations that sometimes center around a theme. Such is the case of Rainbow, Rainbow by Lydia Conklin. Her theme is broad “the lesser-known stories of the LGBTQIA experience” and she does a masterful job of telling these stories with gut-wrenching prose.
Our guests were Joe Prado of the Fresno County Health Department, Krysten Cherkaski of the GSA Network (Here is the Devising Freedom direct link), Dr. Katherine Fobear of the Qistory project and Paul Hernandez and Jessica Graves from the Drag Brunch at the Fresno Breakfast House.
Our guests were Socorro Santillan (Planned Parenthood), Patricia Brown (local family attorney), and Lynda Wilkinson and Tiana Perez (Fresbians and SheBar). We also feature Pride Night at the Zoo interviews with Haley White (Fool’s Collaborative), Deacon Nancy Key, and Zack Powerhouse.
Our guests for this show were Jena Adams and Maria Zendejas of the Fresno County Dept of Public Health discussing HIV & AIDS and PREP.