A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2019

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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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The kindle setup of this book was A MESS and made it so hard to read because the pages where all over the place, but I read as much as I could and from what I was able to read through I liked and thought it important for young readers to read. I loved how soft and pastely the art was and the message the book is pushing for. We need more books like this for sure.
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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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This book is so.....PINK!

and I love pink, it's my favorite color.

Sadly, that is what will stick in my head and be the lasting impression I have of this book.

3.5 stars

It's unclear who the intended audience is. If it is for youth, teens, or young adults, then the format is just fine. If it is anyone older than that, the graphics are going to be way too much. It's almost like a 70's drug trip. There is just too much going on in each panel that the text gets a little lost.

Okay--outside of that, the content is good. and applicable. It's very similar to other books out there, but that's okay. Different books will speak to different people, and with being comfortable in your identity, you need a book that will speak to you.

It was a little difficult to follow the Sproutlings storyline, especially in the gender expression/identity. It took analyzing the images a bit closer to realize what was happening. Not using humans as the characters was a good plan, but having so many different "species" muddied the message.
It is an entry level book, to use to open communication.
The resources at the back are helpful.
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A beautifully illustrated book with lots of fantastic information about a whole range of identities. I did find the use of snails and sproutlings a little strange although they were cute I think the parts with humans made it seem easier to identify with. As a pansexual cis female I found so much of this informative, learning more about other sexualities and gender identities different from my own. Not only is this book a great tool for those struggling with their own sense of self but it's full of great tools to help others understand as well.
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This is a quick, visually pleasing read that gives a solid overview of queer and trans identities, as well as a sketch of what abuse in relationships looks like. I didn't expect the abuse coverage, but it was well done, and super important for young people to be exposed to (over and over). I feel like this is most appropriate for late elementary/middle school readers, possibly older if the subject is really new to the reader.
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True to the title, it is quick and easy. People of all ages could read this book and gain a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ Community.
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This was an adorably illustrated book that really approaches queer and trans identities in a respectful and open way.
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In a world where I feel that every other day I see and hear news about LGBTQIA youth being misunderstood, mistreated. discriminated against and assaulted I felt a certain type of way reading the first few pages and getting to the foreword. Written by author, cartoonist and mother Roz Chast, they open with how much of that they know was learned from their son when he was figuring out who he was and transitioning. An expression of mother's love is one of the first words we read in this title and it is affirming as the reality is that most trans, queer,etc  persons often find themselves cut or broken away from family and support systems when attempting to put words to who they and living as their best versions of themselves.

 I am a big fan of the structure of this title; we start off with the basics, with the definitions of gender vs sex which, today’s society has a better nuanced grasp on.  Another reviewer on here has pointed out that " a constant use of LGBT+ or LGBTQ+ (such as used in the outro) would have been better" which I totally whole heartily agree with as there is such a broad length of detail and info here. 

The art has a coloring that almost reminds me of risograph illustrations and art and the funky little insects, animals and other creatures are cute and expressive as they act as guide and commenters along our journey. There are humans in this book, people and little life stories like someone being closeted and uncomfortable by the opposite sex to the happy yearnings of seeing other, happy trans women online.

As for audience, I’d be sure to give this one to older kids, like teens and adults. Not because the content covered is controversial but because there are layers of understanding and I’d suggest starting small for the much younger ages groups. While, A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities is a pretty straigtforwd book having some basic knowledge of terms and identities will come in handy which is why again, I'd recommend for the older readers. Yet the pages of illustrated notebook paper for note taking and doodling and the fun activities detailed like zine making and making patches to adorn your favorite jacket should hopefully make it so every reader (teen, young adult or older) can find themselves in this book and finds ways to express themselves. 

Not quite an introduction yet a informative book that cover so much ground and sprinkles in many grains of truth that should be lovingly told to those who need to hear it. Such as when the author elaborates on how coming out is a privilege--there are environments where one may very well not be welcomed in like in the workplace yet still a very much important time in the life of an LGBTQIA' person's life. . Having healthy forms of communications is key and taking time to enter such important convos means you need to be in a good headspace, you don't want to win against your partner if you have one, you want to aim at solving a problem together. Another great lessons is knowing that there us life and relationships after highschool--not everyone ends up with their high school crush or sweetheart. Not detracting but a firm statement on how we live and grow as persons and find who and what is for us.

(A Important Note About this ARC: I really do wish the alignment of the pages was easier to read. How the pages were broken up made for a choppy read and really made the experience one that could have been more immersive. This is is a book that you can read in one sitting yet it took me more than a handful of time to get through and finish)
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Queer and trans culture can often feel elusive in a hetero-normative world. The feeling that you are different, but not knowing exactly what that means can be overwhelming. This graphic novel is fantastic for young people learning about their queerness and people who just want to know more about the queer and trans community. 

Feeling fairly well educated on queer and trans identities myself, but often feeling intimidated that I will do or say something wrong as a cis gender ally, this graphic novel helps breaks everything down in an easy to understand guide that recognizes the many facets that contribute to people's identities. 

The art is absolutely delicious too! Every page is frosted with pink tinted story lines and expertise on how to accept ones identity and be part of a positive community of people. I especially loved that section on positive relationships, as that is something that needs to be talked about with all young people, especially those as vulnerable as our queer and trans youth.

While I received a free ebook copy of this novel for an honest review, I will definitely be purchasing a hard copy so that I can keep it around as a reference for students who need to feel that they belong in a larger community.
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Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this in exchange for an open and honest review. This guide is accessible, simple and openminded. It provides definitions and explanations while staying open and inclusive. I like how the comic format allows for really hard and confusing concepts to be illustrated through words as well as pictures. The pink and purple tones of the art make everything feel less intimidating than a traditional prose text that might feel clinical or complicated. I can imagine many situations in which I would recommend this book.
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Language in terms of self expression is constantly evolving and sometimes that makes it difficult to explain.
This is where the book comes in.
And while you it to nobody to do so explaining the complexities of gender/sexual identity is made easier in this form, making it accessible for those with little to no understanding on the topic.
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