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Revolutionary voices : a multicultural queer youth anthology
Sonnie, Amy.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Alyson Books, [2000]

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xxvi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HQ76.25 .R48 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Invisible. Unheard. Alone. Chilling words but apt to describe the isolation and alienation of queer youth. No longer. 'Revolutionary Voices' celebrates the hues and harmonies of the future of the gay and lesbian society, presenting not just a collection of stories but a collection of experiences, ideas, dreams and fantasies that demand not only to be heard but to be recognised as a critical component in a future society where it is hoped all members will be valued.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. "This is for the idea that I am only a sexual being. . . . This is for the idea that queerness only has to do with sex." Jason Roe's prose poem opens this anthology with words that get in your face and under your skin. Not all of the young writers featured here may be revolutionaries, but they all embrace a queer youth culture that is about gender, race, and class as much as it is about sexuality. The voices are raw and sometimes unpolished, and the language is passionate, powerful, and only occasionally graphic. What holds these selections together is the writers' urgent need to define themselves in their own terms. In "Impossible Body," Lisa Lusero confesses that she purposely cut her hair so people would know she was a lesbian: "Passing for straight makes me feel invisible. And I hate that. I want to be seen clearly and explicitly for who I am. Don't assume your world is mine. Then again, don't assume it isn't." These are classic YA voices. --Randy Meyer

Table of Contents

Amy SonnieMargot Kelley RodriguezJason RoeAhimsa Timoteo BodhranAlegria Sonata BarclayLiz GadenChris CotrinaAndromedaMollie BiewaldS. Asher HanleyNzinga AkiliGina de VriesRyan P. ReyesJerome C. BoyceMario Anthony BalcitaRachel JosloffSherisse AlvarezstsKatherine Heather GrobmanUchechi KaluMeliza BanalesKevin RolfeSara Frog DavidsonDana Nicole RobinsonLaura and LaurenAnna MillsDaryl VocatKohei IshiharaAlix Lindsey OlsonBeth Ann DowlerMatt WiedenheftDe Anne Lyn SmithTim ArevaloAmy SonnieRyn GluckmanmeichaAriana BaniasShane LuitjensGloria NgThea GahrJohn FrazierT. RowanSiobhan BrooksAttarAntigonaCecilia Isaacs-BlundinEmil KelianeMargot Kelley RodriguezQwo-Li DriskillColleen K. DonovanBree ZuckermanMaria PobletLisa Lusero
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Speaking for Ourselvesp. xi
"We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For"p. xxi
This is for me...p. 3
Was ich binp. 5
Grown-upp. 7
What are you?p. 11
Where the dead livep. 17
Problem kidsp. 18
I was only 13 when...p. 21
Don't Ask Because I Won't Tellp. 25
Gratefulp. 27
Bentp. 29
Butchp. 29
Letter From a Butchp. 31
Different: My Experiences as an Intersexed Gay Boyp. 35
To Knowp. 41
Coming Out in Middle Schoolp. 43
Proud to be an FOBp. 47
The Dark Childp. 51
How I got here and where I'm goin'p. 53
Untitledp. 57
Linep. 59
Crazy girl: a reconstructed memory in three piecesp. 63
The secretp. 66
Exorcismsp. 69
Am I Happy?p. 73
Affirmationp. 77
Tasting Homep. 79
Mensajesp. 83
Side Effectsp. 89
Bruisedp. 91
Never Too Good at Dressing Barbiesp. 93
Poems whispered in the darkp. 95
Secret Hungersp. 97
Tug of War Gripp. 103
A Process of Changep. 103
A Healthy Attitudep. 104
The Promisep. 104
Piecing Together My Racial Identityp. 107
Private Anniversary With Momp. 111
America's on Sale!p. 111
Washed in the Bloodp. 117
Brokenp. 121
Further Fallingp. 123
A poem for usp. 125
Halloween 1997p. 131
Relearning the Mothertongue: Notes From a Second-Generation Queerp. 135
Our Storyp. 143
Chicago Heights, 1984p. 145
I Wish I Knew the Last Four Verses of America the Beautifulp. 147
Letter From a Young Queer Working-Class Woman of Colorp. 153
Sensitivity Comesp. 159
Untitledp. 160
Another Countryp. 163
Walking Homep. 165
Labels, Names, and Identityp. 167
Dancing in the Shadows, an interviewp. 171
Fingersp. 179
Straight-Out Painp. 181
Why life?p. 185
Diary Excerpts, 1995-1998p. 187
Poem for Matthew Shepardp. 193
Manifestop. 194
The Memory of Bathingp. 199
At the Queer Conference Dinnerp. 201
On Diversityp. 205
Beginning Revolutionsp. 207
October 20p. 213
Nothing is more cruelp. 217
Guerilla poetry manifestop. 217
Excerpts From Impossible Bodyp. 219
Queer 101: A Glossaryp. 237
Plug In: Resources forp. 249
Queer Youth
About the Editorp. 259