First Person Queer by Richard Labonté

First Person Queer

In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of nonfiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer experience, from coming out to “passing” as straight to growing old to living proud. These are the stories of contemporary gay and lesbian life—and by definition, are funny, sad, hopeful, and truthful. Representing a diversity of genders, ages, races, and orientations, and edited by two acclaimed writers and an...

Details First Person Queer

TitleFirst Person Queer
Release DateNov 1st, 2007
PublisherArsenal Pulp Press
GenreGLBT, Queer, LGBT, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays, Anthologies, Gay

Reviews First Person Queer

  • Just A. Bean
    This is a collection of about forty first person essays/stories/rants/raves/musings about queer life. A couple of things really rocked about it.1) while the majority voice was white, able, cis-gendered North American, the editors made sure to promote a wide variety of viewpoints in terms of race, culture, ability and gender identity. This was really nice as a lot of queer lit tends to be either young cis-gendered white dudes or middle-aged cis-ge...
  • George K. Ilsley
    A startling, vivid, memorable collection. Diverse and inspirational. Like any anthology, there is a range of material. The difference here is the honesty— these are non-fiction stories, gifts from our friends and neighbours sharing insights into their lives, their histories, hopes, and dreams. All that and more. Plus, a story from me about finding a bird in Paris, and giving him to a French lifeguard.
  • Akiva
    Kind of put off by the fact that two of the first three essays are by a cis woman who only dates queer men and calls herself a "queer heterosexual" (it's not like queer is a reclaimed slur or anything, nooo) and a cis woman who only dates trans and gender variant people and casually throws around a lot of slurs. I'm sticking this out for Ivan E. Coyote, but I'm not as excited about it as I was. :/ETA: Okay, it turns out that those two essays were...
  • Jennifer
    This is an easy, enjoyable read. It's full of essays that reflect the ever-changing definition of queer, and how one can be socially ostracized from the heterosexual scene for being queer and from one's own queer group for not being queer enough. One essay that I particularly enjoyed, written by Karen Taylor, discussed how, for her, being a lesbian and a strong woman was linked to her Jewish faith. This anthology is also filled with blatant truth...
  • Carlos
    The absolutely most inspiring thing about this book is seeing the thousands of ways that you can be queer and happy. This collection of essays serves to show the power of human beings to make their lives beautiful in spite of an unkind world. I strongly recommend this book and especially to anyone who is just coming to terms with their own sexuality.
  • Raymond
    First Person Queer- Ed. By Richard Labonte & Lawrence Schimel “Nowadays, when I sneak a sidelong glance at my reflection in some shop window, I see someone rapidly approaching “just this side of elderly.” Wild Nights- Simon Sheppard.This is from the opening of my favorite essay in the book. Approaching seventy, I’m not sure if I’ve crossed over the line to “elderly;” I’m not sure I know what elderly is. Maybe it’s more than a ...
  • Zaynab Shahar
    A solid anthology filled with disperate stories written in first-person perspective. I think the only thing that would have made this stronger is some subvisions so there is slightly more continuinty thematically. I understand that anti-continuity can be seen as the apex of queer or radical, the disruption from traversing the liminal space of one story to the next and they are not related in form and content. However, I do wonder once you get pas...
  • Joe Buchoff
    This was my first foray into a collection of essays so the first part of the book I was perfecting my reading ears to appreciate the full brunt of the content.But I enjoyed it. It's was great to see through a window into lives usually unheard and unseen in mainstream America. Plus the sheer volume of different experiences, both related to being queer and just part of the human experience was invigorating. There were a variety of cultures represen...
  • Aubrey
    I very much enjoyed this collection of essays from a variety of queer authors. All were well written (which is sometimes rare). There were also a good representation of men, women and transgendered writers. An interesting look at a cross-section of the queer community.
  • Carrie Rolph
    This was a solid essay collection (I think I only skimmed two) with a little bit of everything. In addition to gay and lesbian representation, there were trans essays, plus several that fell under gender-queer or other not as easily defined experiences.
  • leigh
    This is one of the most amazing anthologies out there about being Queer! Sure it includes what feel like the obligatory coming out stories but it offers up so much more! Read it! And order it from Charis if you aren't in Atlanta!
  • Jayne Furlong
    I love collections of short, personal narratives, so this book was right up my alley. I loved going through this book with my pencil, underlining all the parts that felt relevant to my journey. Truly a great addition to my bookshelf :)
  • David Sparks
    A ground breaking anthology in which my essay, "Hecklers and Christians", appeared!
  • Tara