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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

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Another good addition to the "Quick and Easy Guide" collection/series/project--although not my absolute favorite of the bunch. I actually really hoped that Mady G. would spend a bit of time clarifying the ever-changing definitions of a lot of these terms, because I have this ongoing struggle personally with having *all* nonbinary identities included under the trans* umbrella. My flavor of nonbinary is agender, which this book briefly addressed, but again, not in a way that was inclusive of my personal story. (Nonbinary didn't used to equate to trans*, although there were some shared battles; however, I have never gone through any sort of transition, internally or publicly, in how I see my gender or prefer to present. I've never had a gender, and except for brief periods under intense pressure from friends or family, I have never presented as anything other than a lover of tee shirts and a hater of jeans. So ... I dunno. I think I'm a bit of a fossil when it comes to this particular issue.) It's totally a minor quibble, in the big scheme of things, and I fully recognize that. So while this book isn't reflective of my story, it might still prove very helpful to others. And of course the artwork continues to be splendid, and continues to present truly complicated ideas in an accessible way.
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This is a fantastic introduction for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of sexual orientations and gender identities. Terminology is clearly defined and topics are explained in their relative chapters to the snail characters on the front cover that are trying to learn about queer and trans identities. Very fun and informative!
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I gave it two stars merely for the format I read it in. It was arranged haphazardly and made very little sense. But this book can be really informative to young queer children. 

Thank you netgalley for the review copy.
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Although its goals are admirable — to assist people in self-identification for the purpose of building community and overcoming shame — the execution is muddled, and the book fails as a comic.

The dialogue is heavy, with complicated vocabulary patterns, and the book often reads as a decorated lecture. The unnecessary device of having snails talk about the topics can be off-putting, and it also means that the art rarely contributes to the content, as the text carries all the meaning. The colors are pink and yellow, which adds a faded, sickly feel over top. Some may find the times when white text is used on light colors physically difficult to read.
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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities is a short, informative pamphlet on the basics of gender identity. It covers vocabulary and the difference between gender and sexuality. When discussing trans experiences, the authors make it clear that they are only illustrating one small part of it. They also mention some of the complicated emotions trans people may feel without making the pain the center of the story. A fair amount of the time, they illustrate positive experiences as well. 

The graphic novel is BEAUTIFUL. The color palette is simple and muted, yet the colors work well for the subject. Each section seems to have its own color theme. I have to admit though, my copy didn't quite render correctly on Kindle, so I had to piece the order of the pages together in my head. 

I really appreciate the way the book covers interpersonal relationships in addition to gender. It talks about covers potentially harmful relationship patterns in a very gentle way. 

I recommend A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities to three main groups: those who are questioning their identity, those who are gender and sexuality educators, and those who have gender-variant loved ones that they seek to further understand.
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I did have issues viewing the e-galley but I did eventually read this book from my local library. I think is a great resource book from teens and possibly even middle school aged kids. I love the bright colours and the art style is cartoon like but not childish and of course lots of great information on  Queer and Trans Identities.
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Cute and informative, definitely a great resource for anyone questioning their gender identity, those who already know where they stand, and cis folx who are just looking for more information.
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This graphic guide to sexual and gender diversity is as cute as it is informative. It covers the sexuality spectrum; queer history; how gender, sexuality, and sex are different; identity, expression, & dysphoria; relationship basics; and coming out, among other very useful lessons in an airy, colorful, compassionate, and thorough manner. Below I list some of my favorite things about the book:

* Whoa! It’s narrated by a snail!
* POLY REPRESENT (literally squealing) but needs more pls! 
* Little forest people (sproutlings) at the end of each chapter show a summary/example of the material. They are super duper adorable and I want a whole cartoon show of narrator snail and sproutling love! 
* The art style kind of reminds me of Steven Universe, and I'm here for it! 
* The section at the back has crafts (friendship jackets, a journal to your past or future self, create your own sprout character, make a mini-zine)
* I really appreciate the Anti-"love yourself first" spiel (while loving yourself is important it does not need to be a precursor to romantic relationships and the idea it does often gaslights people with mental illness or trauma).

This book does exactly what the title claims - it quickly and easily explains the diversity of sexuality and gender in a supportive, fun style. I wish I'd had this book when I was discovering my identity. Reading it gave me warm fuzzies even though I've already done much of the work to love and accept myself for who I am, I think this would be a great gift for someone who has just come out or may be questioning. I wish I had physical copies to hand out to literally everyone in my life! I hope the authors make more works like this in the future.

NOTE: I received an ARC copy of this book on NetGalley. I received no incentive to read or review this book other than said copy of work. The review below contains my own thoughts and opinions. Special thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the free copy.
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A cutely drawn and written yet also informative and helpful book explaining the basics of the many and often confusing sexual orientations and gender identities. Good for graphic-novel-loving  teens and adults whether they are working out their own sexuality/gender or are straight and/or cisgendered but curious or confused.
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This graphic non-fiction book pairs monochromatic illustrations with an easy to follow beginner's guide to queer and trans identities. A great resource for cisgender and heterosexual readers looking for a cheat sheet to understanding gender identities in a broad sense, or for exploring and questioning readers to take their first steps towards self-discovery. Necessary for all teen collections.
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This was an interesting take on explaining queer/trans identities! I think I would recommend it to either someone who is questioning their gender/sexual orientation or someone who wants to understand the LGBTQ community better. The art style wasn't my favorite but still an informative book.
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Very easy to understand, with cute illustrations. This has been really popular at my library because it's not intimidating and can be read quickly.
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A great beginning place for readers to understand queer and trans identities. Helpful for those who are both a part of the LGBTQA+ community and those who want to support them.
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Sadly I lost the download for this and it is already archived.
I was interested in this as I want to learn more about lgbtq+.
Maybe I will buy it later, as I want to read it.
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It's a good start, but I expected better
This was good quick guide, but as it stands I would not recommend it as a main resource. Some sections are much better than others so it would have been more effective as a series of pamphlets rather than as a whole book. I would only recommend this book as an education tool if more resources are available.  
What stood out
 I loved how vibrant the art was. It was well incorporated with the information and made it more digestible.
 Good definitions and distinctions between bi and pan. Doesn't show one to be superior than the other.
 Explains why self-labeling is important
Great discussion of how exploring your gender expression can be unsafe and suggests ways to make the experience more comfortable.
 Validates the experiences of non-dysphoric trans people, defines the different types of dysphoria, and doesn't center transness around suffering.
 Clear, non-medical definition of asexuality and challenges common misconceptions. The whole chapter on asexuality is a great resource.
What I didn't love
 The use of the second person felt weird because it would switch between adressing allies and talking to queer people directly. The lack of transition (ah!) between the two made it seem like the author's were not sure who the book was intended for.
The book presents 101 topics, but glosses over important basic information. There was a whole chapter on asexuality, but only a page on sexuality in general, which would be fine if the audience was already familiar with sexual diversity, but in this case I would have preferred to also see an in-depth look into more orientations.
The section of relationships did not need to be included since it was not focused on queer relationships or the specific challenges queer people would find in relationships.
The one section I hated
The section on nonbinary identities was way too short and needed way more work. Based on the title I expected way more than a quick nonbinary people exist and often feel more connected to nonhuman creatures than to humans. That's not a 101 topic.
Lots of queer people feel connected to villains (heyyy it's the queer coding), but that doesn't mean that you should mention it when you're trying to get your homophobic uncle to stop saying the f slur. IDK, it seems to me like this could backfire somehow...
I agree that it's easy to feel connected to robots and aliens when in most media they are the only option to escape the gender binary, but in a world where people still make attack helicopter jokes this comparison has no place in a quick guide.
With how short the section was that information was way out of place and could easily be misinterpreted by cis readers and do a lot of damage to how they view nonbinary people.
Before reading this section I would have said that this was a good resource for parents of queer kids, but now I would be wary of having cis people read this book, especially if they had no prior education on nonbinary identities. For a book about trans identities this missed the mark.
Should you read it?
I would still recommend this book for queer libraries and school libraries that already have educational material, but it's not a must read for anyone who has more than a basic understanding of the subject. It lacked focus and based on the title I expected was more information on genderqueer/nonbinary identities.
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This book is so, so useful. The main audience seems to be folks who are questioning their own identities, but it is also a useful tool to pass on to loved ones of queer & trans folks as well. I've already purchased multiple copies to give out. Is it comprehensive? No. But it's an excellent primer and I highly recommend it.
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This is a great informative title! The graphic novel format makes it easily accessible to readers, while working through a very challenging topic.
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This is just the most super charming and informative little book. Continuing the trend set in the first Quick & Easy Guide book, this book is designed to help a variety of people understand the many queer and trans identities that are out there! It's not all inclusive, of course, but it is a wonderful introduction and resource for those looking to expand their knowledge in this area, or educate others in a lighthearted but informative way. Highly recommend!
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This is a cute and informative graphic novel that not only talks about gender and sexuality but also toxic relationships. It does this in a respectful manner and in way that is easy to follow and understand. This is a book I feel that everyone should read in order for us all to be more empathetic and understanding of others and their identities.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
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A wonderful introduction into the topic of queer identities. A must have for any inclusive collection.
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