In our January releases, we explore a geopolitical conservation effort, redefine the source of hatred and hate-driven violence, return Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his radical roots, and expose the hypocrisy of “merit-based” admissions practices. These are books you will be thinking about and discussing for the rest of the year.
For International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Melinda Chateauvert, author of SEX WORKERS UNITE, debunks the myth of the “Swedish Model” of prostitution and similar “end demand” laws that not only fail to protect sex workers, but actively put them in harm’s way.
When Daisy Hernández thinks about Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg's classic novel of the transgender experience, she thinks of a conference room in Manhattan and a young trans man she was in love with.
Essential reading by some unique and beloved voices from the transgender community.
Beacon remembers Leslie Feinberg, activist, author, and pioneering advocate for transgender liberation.
Do hate crime laws prevent gay bashing? Ann Pellegrini, co-author of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People, has a surprising answer.
Beacon Broadside recently spoke with Daisy Hernández about her new book A Cup of Water Under My Bed, her literary and cultural influences, and the process of finding herself, both within her immigrant community and within the new, queer life she created for herself.
Gender scholar and 'Gaga Feminism' author J. Jack Halberstam examines the cult of "triggering" and how a safe space mentality can sometimes do more harm than good.
The authors of "You Can Tell Just By Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People dispel the myth that LGBT parents are bad for children.
Beacon publicity assistant Nicholas Disabatino recommends five stellar books of LGBT poetry to read during Pride Month and beyond.
Drawing on his years as a dedicated community activist and on the experiences of LGBT parents, Michael Shelton puts together a few concrete strategies culled from his book 'Family Pride' that LGBT families can use to intervene in and resolve difficult community issues, teach their children resiliency skills, and find safe and respectful programs for them.
For Pride Month, we’ve put together a short list of reading recommendations for LGBT youth, or those seeking some literary insight into their own coming-of-age experience.
A Massachusetts resident celebrates the state's progressive leadership, how it became a beacon of hope for the marriage equality movement, and, while she's at it, dispels some LGBT myths with Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico, authors of “You Can Tell Just By Looking”: And 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People.
In November of 2003, when a Massachusetts court declared the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional in that state, Catherine Reid was left with an unexpected choice: to get married, or not. As the ten year anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts approaches, Reid, in this excerpt from Falling Into Place, takes us back to those heady early days of victory and apprehension after the first marriage licenses could be issued to same-sex partners.
Ginny Gilder, a former Olympian, shares the crushing disappointment that occurs when political disputes interfere with Olympic aspirations.
National Coming Out Day reading recommendations from Beacon Press.
About 10 percent of people are gay or lesbian. Homosexuals are born that way. All religions condemn homosexuality. There’s no such thing as a gay or trans child.... We’ve all heard (and repeated) statements like these before. But, are any of them actually true?
Beacon director Helene Atwan introduces new books from James Baldwin and Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco.
Jay Michaelson takes issue with how some would define "traditional" in Russia.
Jay Michaelson looks at Scalia's legalistic argles and bargles.