From Gay to Z: A Queer Compendium

Chronicle. May 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781452178028. $24.95. REF
Humorist and writer Sayre isn’t a historian or social scientist—as they readily admit in the introduction to this compendium of artists and activists within or with influence on LGBTQ+ culture. Instead of creating a scholarly text, Sayre intends to “throw a little shade and to make a little joy.” Brief, alphabetically organized entries profile icons (Doris Day; Prince), films (Moonlight; A Fantastic Woman), organizations (ACT UP; Daughters of Bilitis), drag queens (Divine; Merrie Cherrie), actors (Laverne Cox; Neil Patrick Harris), and poets (Audre Lorde; Gabriela Mistral). Each entry discusses the subject’s historical and cultural context, contributions and impact on queer culture, and importance to LGBTQ+ communities, sometimes paired with line drawings by Fredy Ralda.
VERDICT Many readers will enjoy this breezy, wide-ranging, and at times opinionated look at LGBTQIA+ figures, trends, and influencers.
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