Notes on Teaching Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, hereafter QPD, featured as the capstone of my “American Literature” course last spring semester. James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Kate Bornstein—these were the writers whose “autobiographical” texts comprised my syllabus. These are the writers I felt best encapsulated a very specific frame of… read more

Poet Collin Kelley Explores Adolescence and Sexuality in New Collection

Though established as a journalist and novelist, Collin Kelley is also a poet, and until recently, tucked poetry in the passenger seat. In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelley details his writing process and the nurturing of his new collection, explaining the artistic links between himself and Virginia-born artist Sally Mann and how her work jolted his love… read more

Kate Bornstein: Embrace the Outlaw

“…Stardom. It’s a greedy goal and it comes with lots of traps of arrogance, but the way I justify it is by giving back. But, I’m not a star yet. I call myself a sub-lebrity, maybe this book has bumped me up and now I’m a starlet.” Kate Bornstein embraces hir outlaw status. Hell, Bornstein’s… read more

'A Queer and Pleasant Danger' by Kate Bornstein

Transgender icon Kate Bornstein’s long awaited memoir A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today (Beacon Press) gifts readers with a brutally beautiful intimate look into the life of one of our… read more

The Ferocity: Fierce Manifesto

FIERCE—Middle English: from Old French fiers ‘fierce, brave, proud,’ from Latin ferus ‘untamed.’ Compare with feral. The word “fierce” is in danger of being defanged. Somewhere in between Tyra Banks throwing “fierce” around like used fake eyelashes and President Obama campaigning as a “fierce advocate” in spite of his galling ambiguity (and that’s a rather… read more

LGBT Required Reading List

What books should be required reading for the budding LGBT bibliophile? In honor of gay pride month, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis, writing for the website The Good Men Project, surveyed some of the country’s top LGBT authors to get the answer…. read more