The Best Overlooked Books
BY Advocate Contributors
November 17 2011 5:00 AM ET
Triptych by J.M. Frey (Dragon Moon Press)
Wonderful Canadian sci-fi about bisexual alien refugees on Earth, queer family structures, identity, and murder.
a + e 4ever: A Graphic Novel by Ilike Merey (Lethe Press)
Graphic novel revolves around gender-queer teens Ash and Eulalie, two outcasts who find their identities and sexuality aren’t black and white.
Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary, edited by Morty Diamond (Manic D Press)
Trans filmmaker Diamond has gathered stories of love, sex, and relationships in gender-variant communities.
We’re Here, We’re Queer by Owen Keehnen (CreateSpace)
A collection of 100 mostly ’90s-era interviews with activists, artists, and writers (including Quentin Crisp, Edmund White, Joan Nestle, and Camille Paglia) who played a part in the creation of the modern-day LGBT community.
Shorn: Toys to Men by Dennis Milam Bensie (Coffeetown Press)
Molested and bullied, Bensie found the salve for his mental wounds first by shearing off the hair of stolen Barbie dolls, then paying hundreds of rent boys to shave their heads. Later he turned those skills into a career as a theatrical wig designer.