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"These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else." (Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movem "These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else." (Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement)


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"These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else." (Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movem "These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else." (Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement)

30 review for Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    interesting and informative — learned a lot about late 20th-century queer Latinx activism from this collection of fourteen essays and oral histories, each written / compiled by a leading activist. the audio’s great!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey Bateman

    For anyone interested in histories of LGBTQ activism, this is an important book to read, especially if you're looking for narratives that integrate important (and often overlooked) issues of race, ethnicity, immigration, and nationality within queer studies. There are rich histories here, especially of local and state-wide (although also national) organizing and activism in the U.S. For anyone interested in histories of LGBTQ activism, this is an important book to read, especially if you're looking for narratives that integrate important (and often overlooked) issues of race, ethnicity, immigration, and nationality within queer studies. There are rich histories here, especially of local and state-wide (although also national) organizing and activism in the U.S.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Larry Fountain

    Fantastic! Groundbreaking. Full of valuable stories and information. Very accessible!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    Informational, driven, outspoken.  This compilation of oral (sometimes translated) histories is absolutely stunning.  From archivists to activists, each chapter author brought something new and hugely important to LGBT communities, whether it was translating important medical information after the outbreak of AIDS, or finding space for like-minded people.   With perspectives of Latina/o and Chicana/o gay, lesbian, and trans folks, this compilation becomes easily an important piece of literature i Informational, driven, outspoken.  This compilation of oral (sometimes translated) histories is absolutely stunning.  From archivists to activists, each chapter author brought something new and hugely important to LGBT communities, whether it was translating important medical information after the outbreak of AIDS, or finding space for like-minded people.   With perspectives of Latina/o and Chicana/o gay, lesbian, and trans folks, this compilation becomes easily an important piece of literature in regards to the broader conversation.  Though these oral histories focus largely on the 80s and 90s, it is necessary to remember them today: we must support more than just the mainstream movements and organizations.  We must support all members of the LGBT community, and provide not only access to information, but access to leadership roles as well.   Honestly, this book was just incredible to read through--the mix of personal experiences and identities that all drove the authors to do something so incredibly needed and important, the ways that their activism were similar and different, how their information was archived.  Just.  Incredible. Review cross-listed here!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Javiera

    I am so happy I discovered this book at my college library. I learned so much and believe that this book is a very important way to archive history. This book features 14 stories by [email protected] that share their stories of contribution and advancements for the Latinx LGBT community during the 80s and 90s in the United States. This book covers the accomplishments that these leaders achieved with high stakes and obstacles, and their involvement in organizations such as Orgullo, LLEGO, LUNA, etc. All st I am so happy I discovered this book at my college library. I learned so much and believe that this book is a very important way to archive history. This book features 14 stories by [email protected] that share their stories of contribution and advancements for the Latinx LGBT community during the 80s and 90s in the United States. This book covers the accomplishments that these leaders achieved with high stakes and obstacles, and their involvement in organizations such as Orgullo, LLEGO, LUNA, etc. All storytellers highlighted the importance of having a clear unity with academia and community in order to progress. This book was also a reminder that identifying LGBTQ and being a minority causes struggles of not being accepted in one space or the other, and the importance of being inclusive. Personally, I would have loved it more if we had fewer stories with a longer span of time or background. There were about 5 different activist stories that simply blew me away, and I wanted to learn so much more about their life. Queer Brown Voices was highly focused on the activism these leaders were involved in, and I simply wanted to know so much more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dulce

    What I love about this book is that it is a collection of narratives. It does not try to tell a single story/history, but rather let's that history be formed by a variety of perspectives. These are people who have paved the way for young queer Brown folks like me, but often receive little to no recognition. Some chapters personally resonated with me more than others. Some chapters taught me of issues within our own Latino community that I've only recently started noticing and critiquing. As someon What I love about this book is that it is a collection of narratives. It does not try to tell a single story/history, but rather let's that history be formed by a variety of perspectives. These are people who have paved the way for young queer Brown folks like me, but often receive little to no recognition. Some chapters personally resonated with me more than others. Some chapters taught me of issues within our own Latino community that I've only recently started noticing and critiquing. As someone who is queer and Brown, this book felt like an essential. Growing up, I always felt a little out of place. I felt like I was somehow betraying my Latinidad as I came to terms with my queerness. And the queerness presented to me was very white-- especially when it came to non-binary gender identities. To read these narratives reminds me that being part of the LGBT+ community is not just for white people. It is a community for me, too. For Brown me. I am so sad that I ever felt like Latinidad and queerness had to be mutually exclusive. That I thought there were hardly other queer Latinas/os/xs. Wow, was I wrong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    harry panini

    Meh

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dolan

    Powerful personal narratives outlining queer Latinx history. Last chapter of a Cuban trans woman is my favorite!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    306.76089 Q382 2015

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    Franklin Howard

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