Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

Jessica Kingsley Publishers. May 2021. 336p. ed. by Miguel M. Morales, Bruce Owens Grimm & Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini. ISBN 9781787755062. pap. $19.95. SOC SCI
With this anthology, editors Morales, Grimm, and Ferentini, all of whom are writers, gather other writers and poets to explore what it means to take up more space than society tells us we should; how fatness is amplified by being LGBTQ+; and how radical love of the self becomes increasingly important for those who are otherized. Each of the contributors has a different relationship with their weight and sexuality: love, hate, indifference, gratitude. In a standout essay, Ferentini discusses how his body both prevents him from fitting into a particular gay identity and liberates him from the requirements of gender norms. Another piece considers, among other subjects, the emotions that come with embracing victories in LGBTQ+ rights while watching consistent efforts to overturn them. This varied collection—which includes everything from short poems, to fiction, to longform meditations on the quotidian—boldly showcases lives that are too often ignored, discarded, or discounted, and proves that there is no one way to be queer.
VERDICT This must-have title is a radically necessary addition that will bring joy and understanding to readers. The contributors revel in their identities, thrive despite challenges, and claim the space they deserve.
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