A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative example...

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Title:A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
Author:J.R. Zuckerberg
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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities Reviews

  • Bruna Miranda

    The title says it all! It actually IS a quick and easy guide to all identities, sexual orientations, romantic orientations and all things queer. If anyone ever says "this book is not for me because I am [insert anything here]", they are lying because this reflects on how having their identity acknowledged and valued is about EVERYONE.

    This book is part of the road to become a better human by having empathy and respecting others, just like that. The writing is very simple and easy to follow so I t

    The title says it all! It actually IS a quick and easy guide to all identities, sexual orientations, romantic orientations and all things queer. If anyone ever says "this book is not for me because I am [insert anything here]", they are lying because this reflects on how having their identity acknowledged and valued is about EVERYONE.

    This book is part of the road to become a better human by having empathy and respecting others, just like that. The writing is very simple and easy to follow so I think kids and teenagers would benefit greatly if there were a copy of this in every school and library.

    I'm glad I picked this is up and that a book like this is being published. <3

  • Divine Anas

    Edit: 12/18/18

    So, Miss Pihilippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 and we Filipinos are quite proud of her! But there is also a lot of transmisogyny (pertaining to Ms. Spain , Angela Ponce who is a transwoman) spreading especially in my

    country because most of them failed to acknowledge that trans women

    women as well. And I realized that this graphic novel that I read on 12/06/18 holds more relevance now that transphobia is leeching its toxic fumes in social media.

    An online artic

    Edit: 12/18/18

    So, Miss Pihilippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 and we Filipinos are quite proud of her! But there is also a lot of transmisogyny (pertaining to Ms. Spain , Angela Ponce who is a transwoman) spreading especially in my

    country because most of them failed to acknowledge that trans women

    women as well. And I realized that this graphic novel that I read on 12/06/18 holds more relevance now that transphobia is leeching its toxic fumes in social media.

    An online article published by Preen.ph articulates this well, here is an excerpt:

    I hope that everyone here in GR would give this book a chance for it effectively educates more on what the LGBTQ community is. You can find it in NetGalley in the Read Now Section.

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    I would like to thank the publisher Oni Press, Limerence Press, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for this book.

    How ironic that I've learned so much from one of my most greatest phobia--snails. Bubblegum hues and bubblegum smiles. This graphic novel

    a quick and easy guide to understanding the LGBTQ spectrum. It easily breaks down every crucial misconception we have of them.

    This is a relevant book and I think everyone needs to read what it has to say. Its light candy aesthetics will surely appeal to every reader out there and it makes it a more enjoyable read!

  • Isabel

    Everyone, no matter their age, should read this little guide. The way everything is explained is very clear and colorful. It covers everything from sexuality to gender identity and what it means to come out and advice on how to do it safely; self-care, self-love, and relationships.

    I definitely appreciated how they discussed the red flags in a relationship, how you should try to remove yourself from that situation and to take responsibility if you are the one promoting those toxic actions. It als

    Everyone, no matter their age, should read this little guide. The way everything is explained is very clear and colorful. It covers everything from sexuality to gender identity and what it means to come out and advice on how to do it safely; self-care, self-love, and relationships.

    I definitely appreciated how they discussed the red flags in a relationship, how you should try to remove yourself from that situation and to take responsibility if you are the one promoting those toxic actions. It also discusses how sometimes it's important to remove yourself from a harmful situation or end a toxic relationship and to try to do what's best for your physical, mental and emotional health.

    Overall, I highly recommend everyone to pick this up. I am definitely getting my own copy.

  • Basma

    Such a vibrant book! The art style and color template is beautiful.

    The book does exactly as it says on the title. It's an easy guide to understand all the different identities, the difference between gender/sexuality, relationships, the journey and the community. It's told from the perspective of a very chipper snail. The tone of the book is very optimistic and educational. It's simple, straightforward and informative. I can definitely see how important this book can be in the right hands and ho

    Such a vibrant book! The art style and color template is beautiful.

    The book does exactly as it says on the title. It's an easy guide to understand all the different identities, the difference between gender/sexuality, relationships, the journey and the community. It's told from the perspective of a very chipper snail. The tone of the book is very optimistic and educational. It's simple, straightforward and informative. I can definitely see how important this book can be in the right hands and how it can be used to educate so many people. Sometimes non-academic resources are needed for one to wrap their heads around new things or new terminology -especially with how language in rapidly growing- and what better way than in a graphic novel format.

    If you're well-read on the topic then I would say don't go into it expecting theories or expecting to learn a lot as this serves more like basics 101 (for some not all). But I still think anyone can find something they could enjoy in this book. I mean.. it's cute, adorable, fun, lighthearted, educational and has great art!

    (I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Laura

    This is a story, told by a snail, to explain, in simple terms, queerness and transexuality.

    But, I think the most important part of this whole story is this statement the snail makes.

    Because, that is what it is all about. Really. We are all worthwhile, in our own ways, and we just are trying to make peace with

    This is a story, told by a snail, to explain, in simple terms, queerness and transexuality.

    But, I think the most important part of this whole story is this statement the snail makes.

    Because, that is what it is all about. Really. We are all worthwhile, in our own ways, and we just are trying to make peace with ourselves.

    The rest of the book, yes, is important, as it explains the various aspects of sexuality and gender, but really, we are all on a journey, trying to find ourselves, with others along the way.

    I am so glad all these books are be coming available, and to have it in cartoon form, the more the better, the easier it is for everyone to understand the struggles that trans and queer folk are going through.

    I would recommend this for schools and libraries.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • MissBecka

    Thank you NetGalley and Oni Press for this DRC.

    "The world is home to such a vibrant rainbow of people, so why not genders."

    This is filled with wonderful, informative and easy to digest information.

    I did think it was geared more to teens/adults and younger people may need help reading and understanding all the details discussed. That's not necessarily a bad thing since it would hopefully spark conversation/questions.

    They really touched on a bit of everything, including signs of toxic relationship

    Thank you NetGalley and Oni Press for this DRC.

    "The world is home to such a vibrant rainbow of people, so why not genders."

    This is filled with wonderful, informative and easy to digest information.

    I did think it was geared more to teens/adults and younger people may need help reading and understanding all the details discussed. That's not necessarily a bad thing since it would hopefully spark conversation/questions.

    They really touched on a bit of everything, including signs of toxic relationships. This is something I think all people should be made more aware of in order to spot and escape these kinds of harmful dependencies. This is especially true for anyone still coming to terms with their own identity who may not feel brave enough to speak up and/or draw attention to themselves.

    "Let yourself grow and change and learn- that's what being alive is all about."

    I think I would have preferred if the conversations had all been delivered by humans. I found the snails and sproutlings a bit weird. The human discussions around the fire were much easier to connect to and I would have favoured more of those with less of the other critters.

    Overall I found this was a warm, respectful and loving delivery that could open up fantastic dialogue toward understanding one's own personal feelings or those of a loved ones.

  • Alexa

    Isn’t that cover amazing and beautiful? Yes, it is!

    This graphic novel, as the title says, is all about explaining queer identity. It sort of focuses on transgender and nonbinary people, but it has more general sections on gender identity vs romantic/sexual orientation, a section on coming out, discussions of self-love, and even a section on red flags in relationships.

    I didn’t expect to learn anything new from this booklet, and

    Isn’t that cover amazing and beautiful? Yes, it is!

    This graphic novel, as the title says, is all about explaining queer identity. It sort of focuses on transgender and nonbinary people, but it has more general sections on gender identity vs romantic/sexual orientation, a section on coming out, discussions of self-love, and even a section on red flags in relationships.

    I didn’t expect to learn anything new from this booklet, and yet it made me realise that social dysphoria exists (up until now, I only knew about physical dysphoria) and that I definitely have been experiencing it.

    You see so much gatekeeping nowadays that I am wary about most guides like this, but I found this one refreshingly inclusive, with recognising that not every trans person experiences dysphoria, talking about how nonbinary people might experience transness differently from binary trans people, and an entire section on asexuality. Also, both the intro and the outtro talk about the importance of inclusivity, and “making our quilt bigger” if someone doesn’t fit under it.

    Other perks of this book include accessible language, fun illustrations with snails, a section at the end where you can write a letter to your past or future self, and more.

    That being said, I do have two concerns.

    1) The definition of bisexuality used here is “attraction to the same gender and other genders”. This is definitely better than insisting bi people can only be attracted to binary genders or only two genders, but not every bisexual person is attracted to the same gender (e.g. a woman only being attracted to women and nonbinary people can be bi), and the concept of “same gender” might not mean much to a lot of nonbinary people anyway.

    2) While there is an entire section asexuality, aromanticism is only mentioned in one sentence in the asexual section, and it’s even phrased in a way that implies that only asexual people can be aromantic. This is not true, and there is a bad tendency of only mentioning aromanticism as a “subset” of asexuality when they are different things and not necessarily go together. Since my copy was an ARC, I do hope that the publisher will consider and maybe change this.

    Other than those two things, I was pleasantly surprised and content with this guide.

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Cute, informative, and exactly as described!

  • Princess

    I certainly learned a lot from this book! The cute and charming art style helps in discussing such an intimidating topic.

    The book embraces the fluidity of gender and queerness as a concept and defines how self-identification is still the basis of any classification. Labels are fine as long as they are self labels and helps the individual be more comfortable and self confident in his/her own skin.

    It successfully differentiates sexuality vs gender and introduces the concept of an infinite number

    I certainly learned a lot from this book! The cute and charming art style helps in discussing such an intimidating topic.

    The book embraces the fluidity of gender and queerness as a concept and defines how self-identification is still the basis of any classification. Labels are fine as long as they are self labels and helps the individual be more comfortable and self confident in his/her own skin.

    It successfully differentiates sexuality vs gender and introduces the concept of an infinite number of types of people. Reading this really helped me a lot to understand the colorful spectrum of the Queer community. Now I can be more of an informed ally, and a better parent to my son who I plan to raise without gender role expectations.

    I did find some of the relationship lessons dragging, but perhaps I’m just a bit too old for it. I’m sure it will be really helpful to a lot of people.

    In the end, the most important thing is to respect others, and to always be kind.

    Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)

    I was very interested in this book, because I have to admit that I lack some information on the subject. I'd like to be, and I'm far from bigoted (so is most of my closer environment), but the LGBTQ+ community here is way more closed up here than in e.g. the U.S. I know there are people that make their life harder everywhere in the world, but here it's very much a taboo. Mostly people simply don't talk about it at all. Sure, gay, lesbian, trans are all part of the everyday language people use, a

    I was very interested in this book, because I have to admit that I lack some information on the subject. I'd like to be, and I'm far from bigoted (so is most of my closer environment), but the LGBTQ+ community here is way more closed up here than in e.g. the U.S. I know there are people that make their life harder everywhere in the world, but here it's very much a taboo. Mostly people simply don't talk about it at all. Sure, gay, lesbian, trans are all part of the everyday language people use, and most of them are more or less aware of the meaning of these terms, but for example gender fluidity and more complicated stuff are something most people here I think don't understand, many don't even know it exists. What I want to say is that the awareness here is basically non-existant (unless your a student from a bigger city or spend half your life on the internet).

    That being said, I think it's time to talk about the book itself. I wanted to get some information in an easy, understandable way, and it succeeded at that. I was reading about a lot of things I already knew, some that I had known of but never fully understood. It was quick and fun learning. I have to admit, though, that I'm not sure which age group this book is aimed at. It's actually recommended to anyone interested in or influenced by the subject, but I'm not sure I agree with that. It's a very sweet and easily understandable beginner's guide, but I ended up with more questions than I had at the start by the time I finished. It raises interest, emphasizes accepting, empathy and understanding, it explains some basic things. However, the proportions are a bit off in my opinion. A huge part of the book consists of general advice on having and maintaining a healthy relationship, which is awesome, but it was 1. only relatable to very young, inexperienced people, and 2. not at all specific to LGBTQIA+ people.

    The illustrations were cute, I loved the snails and 'sproutlings', though in general I think it would've been alright with people. They were lovely, though. The rose/pink predominant coloring bothered me a bit, not only because I myself don't really like that color, but also because it felt like too one-sided. The book is about how colorful and amazingly different people are - I think something more colorful, a whole illustration in different colors, a world of rainbow would've been a better match.

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