Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

A transgender reporter's narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states, offering a vision of a stronger, more humane America. Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't chang A transgender reporter's narrative tour through the surprisingly vibrant queer communities sprouting up in red states...

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Title:Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
Author:Samantha Allen
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07DC2X58S
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States Reviews

  • Bookworm
    Apr 23, 2019
    I had been very excited to read about the stories of LGBTQ+ people in "red" states in the US. It sounded like it would be an interesting look at what it's like, at how they live their lives and deal with living in "red" states. The author herself went through a similar journey, going f...
  • Emily
    Apr 24, 2019
    Samantha Allen took a road trip through America's red states, hanging out with the LGBTQ+ activists and organizers who call these places home. I loved the variety of people she profiled: college administrators, nightclub owners, Mormon youth. Her subjects brought such a tenacity and pe...
  • Emily Dahl
    Mar 30, 2019
    I saw this on Bitch?s reading roundup and almost immediately downloaded it. It?s one of the most truly hopeful things I?ve read in a long time. ...
  • Sharon
    Feb 10, 2019
    The world does not deserve the closing scene of this book, which showcases a turtle in a crystal-clear natural spring living up to its full potential. I won?t say more. Samantha Allen, who is a GLAAD Award-winning reporter with the Daily Beast, has written a truly lovely, warm, f...
  • Katrisa
    Mar 12, 2019
    I loved this book! These are the kinds of books that I need to read right now so I don't get too depressed with the state of the world. ...
  • James
    Mar 30, 2019
    This will likely be the best book I read this year; it would be hard to top a work that has touched on and helped make sense of my own experiences as an LGBTQ person who was born in and has always lived in red states. Whew. The author is incredibly insightful and footnoted literally...
  • Tad
    Apr 21, 2019
    This book felt so real and so personal to me. I'm a queer person who grew up in the very red state of Texas. While I no longer live there, the place will always hold a special place in my heart and I sometimes consider moving back there, especially as I tire of San Francisco life and S...
  • Dolly
    Apr 02, 2019
    I feel so lucky to have received this book as a gift. It is both entertaining and eye-opening. The author is a great writer so her voice, humor and candor make the pages fly by. I do not identify as LGBTQ nor do I live in a red state, and yet, I found much of interest in these stories....
  • Monika
    Feb 10, 2019
    Samantha Allen's book Real Queer Americais an inspiring, optimistic, heartfelt letter to fellow queer folks living in red states in the United States. But it's also incredibly informative (and gently corrective) to cishet liberals living in blue states. You know, the people who tend ...
  • Bookphile
    Nov 19, 2018
    I found this both interesting and moving. As a straight, cis person who wants to be a good ally, this book provided me a lot of insight. RTC Full review: As a straight, cis person who wants to be a good ally, I picked this book up to give me a broader perspective of the lives of ...
  • Ryan McIlvain
    Mar 04, 2019
    What really surprised me in this memoir-cum-travelogue-cum-sociological-study was not how smart it was but how fun! I've come to expect remarkable insight from Allen--that's long been on display in her reporting and editorializing on LGBT issues in The Daily Beast. Yet something about ...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Mar 16, 2019
    I have so many thoughts about this brilliant book and I don?t know how I?ll ever say them all in a video. Maybe it deserves its own dedicated discussion just to break down the incredible breadth and heart of this story and the queer communities we create in conservative states. I k...
  • ☼Shannon☼
    Jan 22, 2019
    Won in a Goodreads giveaway Samantha Allen embarks on a road trip to show us how LGBTQ live in seemingly LGBTQ unfriendly areas. Along the way she visits LGBTQ hot spots and interviews the people who run them or some other noteworthy people about what drives them, why they stay...
  • Samantha Puc
    Nov 24, 2018
    I have yet to write a proper review for Real Queer America, but I've thought about it constantly since I read it in November. Also, I don't think there's anything I can say that I didn't ask its author about in this interview for Bitch Media, so I'm going to link that and come back to ...
  • Erica
    Mar 24, 2019
    I appreciated reading about the hard work being done in these red states in order to advance LGBTQIA rights. Keep up the good work! However, I've grown weary of this trendy urban vs. rural living debate, not to mention references to the "coastal elite" that only divides us even further...
  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
    Apr 08, 2019
    Our self identity is a complex thing. It gets stamped on to us from the community around us including the bars we go to, the churches we prayer in and the malls we shop at. Our image of ourselves that others stamped onto us gets formed into shaping our character. What we authentically ...
  • Bethany
    Apr 05, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and it opened my eyes to what queer life looks like in the rest of the country. Being from Boston and having grown up my whole life in the Northeast, it is very comforting to know about all the fierce advocates for LGBTQ rights all over t...
  • Sarah
    Jan 15, 2019
    The story of an endlessly endearing queer trans journalist who sets out on a road trip to prove that middle America is not just as queer, but queerer, than the coastal havens? Yes please! To start with, Samantha Allen?s unique voice comes through so strongly in this book, turning ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Apr 14, 2019
    This one hit me DEEP, and this is a book that I think will always hold a dear place in my heart. Fellow queer folks, especially those in red states: this is a must-read. Samantha Allen perfectly captured the unique experience of being queer in a conservative community, and both the won...
  • Bonnie McDaniel
    Mar 30, 2019
    This is a combination travel book and memoir, with the common thread of finding and relating the stories of LGBT people in red states. The author was once a Mormon missionary before leaving the LDS church and transitioning, and the author tells both her story and the stories of others ...
  • Mariah Jensen
    Apr 24, 2019
    This book spoke to me on several levels. The author is a queer ex-mormon (check, check) who feels a connection with the road (mmmhmm check) and took a cross country trip to several red states to find queer communities. The book starts off with Utah which was perfect for me because I gr...
  • Miranda H
    Mar 27, 2019
    This is an incredibly moving and insightful piece on the precious value of rural queer communities and their indelible contribution to the LGBTQIA+ community as well as the nation at-large. I was drawn back to my own red-state upbringing, my rural college experience. It was wonderful t...
  • Armando C.
    Mar 20, 2019
    The title of this book is mid-leading. It?s not really Stories about people who live in the Deep South but the author?s adventures while driving through the South. ...
  • Bethany
    Apr 13, 2019
    What an amazing book! I got this in a Goodreads giveaway and I was so excited to dig in. Samantha Allen effortlessly moves from news stories and stats into conversations and personal anecdotes and back again, tying theory and philosophy into the everyday existence of queer folks. It al...
  • Kelly
    Apr 10, 2019
    I loved this book. It is a beacon of hope in a world that seems to be spinning out of control. It shows that not all is lost, and that communities are working for--and making--genuine change. It is a nuanced look at the red states, acknowledging their deep flaws, but also dispelling as...
  • Heather Larocchia
    Mar 13, 2019
    I couldn't wait to get my copy of this book when it was released mostly because I'm queer and love to travel, and I have been experiencing strong desires to road trip across the states. When I think of the red states, I don't think of queer people, although of course I know they must b...
  • Brooke
    Jan 16, 2019
    As a small town Southern queer, I want everyone to read this book. Not everyone can, should, or *wants* to leave their Southern and Midwestern towns. Those that stay build a better future for everyone that comes after. I hope this is especially eye opening to those in urban enclaves li...
  • Justina
    Apr 22, 2019
    My favorite quotes: pg. 106 "Rock icon Janis Joplin once said that 'Texas is okay if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people.' I wish she were alive to see these beautiful, outrageous queers." pg. 128 "Everything is beautiful and ga...
  • marimocheeks
    Apr 11, 2019
    Being LGBTQ in the countryside is often difficult. Even in supposedly "blue" states, attitudes change dramatically once you leave the islands of blue afforded by denser cities and towns. For a coastal city dweller - perhaps for ANY city dweller - it becomes a matter of curiosity, then,...
  • CP
    Feb 01, 2019
    This book gives a good sense of queer culture outside of major metropolises, and what it makes possible. But it's a little breezy for my taste. I understand it is written in a journalistic manner, but things can feel a little simplified at times. ...