Mini-Reviews: It’s all about the Rainbow today as we look at books from Chase Clemesha and Tea Uglow

People of Pride: 25 Great LGBTQ Americans by Chase Clemesha

Cover Design: Sarah Bennett

What do Frank Ocean, Sally  Ride, George Takei, and Sharice Davids all have in common? They’re all proud LGBTQ Americans! Featuring people from a variety of occupations and backgrounds, this collection of 25 short biographies demonstrates the diversity, accomplishments, and pride within the American LGBTQ community.13

My thoughts

Chase Clemesha, M.D. gathers a wide range of biographies of LGBTQ+ people. There are people I have never heard of that make me want to read an extended biography of Bayard Rustin who is an activist I want to know more about. Jeanne Córdova is another rainbow activist who intrigues me. Then there is Dr. Sara Josephine Baker, the fanfic that could be written about her. I am crushing. Never mind the incredible actions of Jane Addams.

People of Pride is easy to read with short biographies and photos to go with each person. Then at the back of the book Clemesha continues the list and I am adding to my TBR list of biographies I want to read.

I think this is a great way to introduce the diversity of the rainbow community. A page a day, add the music of the person, or a youtube video. This book can be read as is or flushed out with examples of these rainbows great works.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Loud & Proud: LGBTQ+ Speeches that Empower and Inspire by Tea Uglow

Loud and Proud is an inspirational collection of speeches from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies that have changed our world, and the conversation.

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.”  —Jason Collins, first openly gay athlete in US pro sports

A sister volume to So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire, this seminal collection places the loud and proud voices of the vibrant LGBTQ+ community center stage. From equal marriage to gender definitions, bullying to parenthood, the issues covered in these speeches touch on all aspects of LGBTQ+ and reflect the diverse and multi-faceted nature of this community.

Experienced public speaker and Creative Director for Google’s Creative Lab Sydney Tea Uglow introduces each speech with a concise bio of the remarkable person who delivered it. Paired with powerful illustrations, the unique personality of each speaker is brought to life. A ribbon keeps your place in the book.

We are stronger when we stand together, and this collection encourages us to do just that and to celebrate the beauty of all our rainbow hues.  

The voices: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs; Robert G. Ingersoll; Theodora Ana Sprungli; Bayard Rustin; Franklin “Frank” Kameny; James Baldwin; Marsha P. Johnson; Sally Gearhart; Harvey Milk; Harry Hay; Vito Russo; Mary Fisher; Tammy Baldwin; Paul Martin; Wanda Sykes; Sally Ride; Lady Gaga; Lana Wachowski; Jason Collins; Laverne Cox; Debi Jackson; Lee Mokobe; Janet Mock.4

My thoughts:

This is one of my dinner party recommendations or something you can read to your kid.  

Tea Uglow has put together a fascinating look back into the people behind the words spoken about being queer and supporting the queer community. Along with the speeches, Uglow includes some backstory and a small bio.

Read the words of the first lesbian to speak about lesbian identity by Anna Ruling in 1904. Sylvia Rivera’s confrontation with her fellow protestors in 1973. Compare Sue Hyde’s words in 1988 to Urvashi Vaid in 1993 to Elizaeth Toledo’s in 2000 and you will see that the struggle has not changed.

Once again, I am going to have read some biographies because I had no clue some people were rainbows and yes this makes them more fascinating to me (laugh). 

I am not a fan of the illustrations by Jack Holland. I think because the words have such an impact that something a little more restrained would have been better. This is just a personal taste and not a commentary on the art of Holland.

I love knowing what people said and why and Uglow provides just that information. This is one book I am keeping front and center on my bookshelf for the days I feel like the rainbows just can’t win.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Further Details for People of Pride:

Publisher: Capstone, 9781684462162, 1 February 2021

Pages: 65

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

Further Details for Loud & Proud:

Publisher: White Lion Publishing, 9781781319222, 5 May 2020

Illustrations: Jack Holland

Pages: 176

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