Any Other Way

Any Other Way

How Toronto Got Queer

Book - 2017
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"This is an anthology of essays about queer culture and individuals in Toronto."--
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781552453483
Characteristics: 367 pages :,illustrations (some colour),23 cm.


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Aug 07, 2017

I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading this book - for people who identify somewhere in LGBTQQIP2SAA perhaps it should be required reading [advice columnist Don Savage reportedly once said: "Soon we'll be taking over the entire alphabet." - I now realise that the new contraction is simply "queer".] In any case, all of the letters are well covered, and having read the whole book I now feel somewhat caught up - although to what I'm not sure- I might now at least be reasonably up-to-date on the latest jargon. I related to the book as someone who came out in Toronto in the very early 70's. Don't let it being Toronto-centric put you off - its contributors came from all over the place. Over 100 essays, snippets of life experience covering the whole current rainbow. Those I enjoyed the most related people's experiences way before gay lib, those that discussed involvement in the early movement, and those by people who were involved in the government's initial slag response to AIDS. A lot of the essays are by people whose life experience is absolutely different than my own, but somehow the same - a very worthwhile education. There are enough pretentious essays and obtuse convoluted ramblings by the new self-appointed queer elite to be off-putting - they may speak to you or not. But it's a good book to have in the heap.

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