A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G. and J.R. Zuckerberg
Genre: Graphic Novel | Comic | LGBT
Length: 96 pages
Selfpublished October 2018
Published April 23rd 2019 by Limerence Press
Purchase: Amazon|Book Depository
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In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!
This graphic novel really lives up to its name. It definitely is a quick and easy guide. It uses this very very pink bubblegum style with snails to appear friendlier I guess? Those snails guide you through a couple of questions, varying from ‘what is queer’ and ‘what does it mean to come out’ to ‘what does dysphoria mean’. While some of the subjects are things that are easily found online, it is really great that you can have this guide lying around if people are too scared to ask questions or don’t know how to look for certain answers.
This guide focuses on transgender and non-binary people. A part of the LGBTQ+ community that isn’t discussed nearly enough. I always thought I was informed. I have a lot of friends that teach me things every day or clear up any misconceptions I might have. But I never heard of social dysphoria (only physical dysphoria). It was nice to see that things were so easily explained.
One of the most important messages, which is repeated throughout the book is that we should be more inclusive. This guide was exactly that. Inclusive (not 100%, but more on that later). It states that not every trans person experience dysphoria, that one person’s situation differs from other people. That nonbinary and binary people are different, and that they might experience transness differently (that’s a term used in the book, I’m not sure if it correct, please tell me if it isn’t). Asexuality is a huge part of this guide, which is something I talked about before, what I felt missing from Proud. We can all say we are part of the LGBTQ+ community, but that means that everyone is. There is not standard bisexual, or asexual. Everyone should be included.
It was also really easy to read. That might have also annoyed me a bit. I felt like it wasn’t supposed to target me, especially since the illustrations seem a bit childish I guess. While I liked it at first, I can understand people not really taking it seriously, or not wanting to read it because of the illustrationstyle. This is my personal opinion ofcourse, but maybe use a bit less pink.. I’m not the biggest fan of pink and it might have thrown me off a bit.
While this guide focuses on inclusivity, there are some things that bothered me, aside from the illustrationstyle. I’m really happy that it focused so much on asexuality, but it basically skipped aromanticism. Which is just as important.. aromanticism is only mentioned once if I recall correctly and it’s almost like it’s being insinuated that a person can only be aromantic when they’re asexual..
I would also have loved it if the book didn’t just focus on the basic things. I know it’s a quick and easy guide, but it can also be a quick and easy guide with a little more depth. Maybe something for upcoming books?
After all this, I do think that this is something that should be in every library and school. Somewhere with young people that are learning things about themselves, trying to figure themselves out and this could really help with that. Plus it’s just really easy to read!