Rainbow Reading: December 12

Bite-sized reviews of the LGBTQ books I’ve read in the past week. All titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

Between December 5th and 11th, I read:

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ARC Review: Merry Men

Merry MenI received a copy of Merry Men from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Merry Men by Robert Rodi, Jackie Lewis, and Marissa Louise, is a graphic-novel Robin Hood retelling.

Merry Men here is a euphemism for men who love men; Robin’s entire band is either gay or bi, and many of them are in relationships with each other. Another significant character is a transgender woman.

As the back copy notes, this queer interpretation is “based on scholarly and historical speculation about what’s really behind the outlaw’s legend”, and at the end of the story there are several interesting profiles of historical queer people in the British Isles.

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I have an HRT (hormone replacement therapy) appointment this Thursday. I thought a lot about it before I made the appointment and then I tried not to think about it in the interim because the earliest appointment I could get was 10 weeks from the time I called and I didn’t want to spend 10 weeks agonizing about it.

But now it’s just days away and I am definitely very anxious. I’m going to Planned Parenthood, which uses an informed consent model, and all the personal accounts I’ve found of people using Planned Parenthood for HRT have been glowing. I’m not worried about the actual appointment that much, although – when is visiting the doctor ever fun?

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ARC Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans IdentitiesI received a copy of A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities  from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic-novel guidebook by cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg is the second in Oni Press’s Quick & Easy series, following Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson’s A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, which I read, enjoyed, and shared with my coworkers back in July.

My review of this book should really be split into two parts: the art and the text. The art was not my style; it felt very trippy and I didn’t like the choice to have the information imparted by talking snails.

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