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Reads tagged with “LGBT”

The World’s First Children’s Book about a Two-Mom Family
The World’s First Children’s Book about a Two-Mom Family

A pioneering picture-book with an enduring message of equality.

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The Little Red Schoolbook: An Honest Vintage Guide to Teenage Sexuality, Education Reform, and Independent Thinking
The Little Red Schoolbook: An Honest Vintage Guide to Teenage Sexuality, Education Reform, and Independent Thinking

“Leaders remain leaders only as long as you let them.”

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James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society
James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society

“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven.”

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Charity and Sylvia: The Remarkable Story of How Two Women Married Each Other in Early America
Charity and Sylvia: The Remarkable Story of How Two Women Married Each Other in Early America

“For 40 years… they have shared each other’s occupations and pleasures and works of charity while in health, and watched over each other tenderly in sickness.”

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A Good Man: Moving Animated Short Film by StoryCorps Tells the Human Stories of LGBT Pride
A Good Man: Moving Animated Short Film by StoryCorps Tells the Human Stories of LGBT Pride

How a moment of utter vulnerability brought together eight siblings torn apart by their father’s bigotry.

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Maurice Sendak’s Darkest, Most Controversial Yet Most Hopeful Children’s Book
Maurice Sendak’s Darkest, Most Controversial Yet Most Hopeful Children’s Book

A moving cry for mercy, for light, and for resurrection of the human spirit at a time of hopeless darkness.

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A Visual History of Romantic Friendship
A Visual History of Romantic Friendship

“Smashes,” “crushes,” “spoons,” and other curious nineteenth-century relationship varieties.

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What Makes a Baby: An Inclusive and Imaginative Illustrated Guide to the Modern Family
What Makes a Baby: An Inclusive and Imaginative Illustrated Guide to the Modern Family

A playful illustrated primer for every kind of family and every kind of kid.

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How Susan Sontag Possessed New York and Subverted Sexual Stereotypes
How Susan Sontag Possessed New York and Subverted Sexual Stereotypes

“Sontag seemed to exude an irresistible mixture of intelligence, hipness, sex, and beauty.”

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The Invisibles: Moving Vintage Photos of LGBT Couples in the Early 20th Century
The Invisibles: Moving Vintage Photos of LGBT Couples in the Early 20th Century

Archival images — sometimes poignant, sometimes playful, invariably tender — of gay and lesbian couples privately celebrating their love in an era that denied it.

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