Gender Queer

A Memoir

Graphic novel, 242 pages

English language

Published April 30, 2020 by Oni-Lion Forger Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-1-5493-0400-2
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ASIN:
B07QV9JB7P
4 stars (34 reviews)

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears.

In Gender Queer, Maia Kobabe has crafted an intensely cathartic autobiography about eir path to identifying as nonbinary and asexual, and coming to eir family and society. By addressing questions about gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—the story also doubles as much-needed, useful, and touching guide.

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A beautiful book

5 stars

If you’ve had questions about your gender, or questions about what it’s like to be transgender or non-binary, please read this book.

Obviously every trans person experiences the world differently, but Kobabe’s frank and thoughtful exploration of eir’s own gender was profoundly moving.

I can’t fully address the bigots who wish to ban this book, and I believe there are far more cogent responses than what I could compose. But this book is beautiful and profound, not disgusting or immoral.

This is a book dedicated to helping people find safety and comfort in their bodies and their identities. I hope enough people read this to cancel out the bigotry.

Gender Queer

5 stars

Continuing my tour of banned books. Started and finished this in one day -- it was engrossing, funny, sad, and everything in between. Kobabe pulls no punches and gives a bracingly open and direct accounting of eir journey to discover eir identity. Needless to say, I learned a great deal (including about the pronouns in the previous sentence), and reading this book was a profoundly moving experience for me. It makes me incredibly sad that such a book, which I could easily imagine helping others who find themselves in Kobabae's situation, would be denied to those readers who probably need it the most.

biopic done right

5 stars

the "prologue" is about em saying (at some point in eir life) that e would never work on an autobiography and you think "haha fun", but, well, jokes on us because there is so much untold in this book. and trust me when i say that, im an expert in hanging out with people for years without them really know much about me lol.

anyway, jokes aside, havent read a biopic in ages and this was a great come back. loved everything about it. also, it's so nice to follow other queer people identity journeys to discover traits in common, but also find out about things you never thought before.

highly reccomended, als if you're cis and straight. it's a very friendly and non-conflictual book so your fragilities won't be felt attacked. eheh!

Review of 'Gender Queer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

An impressive "graphic memoir." One of the few comic-book-style memoirs I've ever read, and one that I couldn't put down. I'm a slow reader and it only took me an hour or two to get through it. The illustrations are top-notch and the writing is engaging, as well. An important work that everyone should read and learn from.

Personal note on the research mentioned: Touching a Nerve, by Patricia S. Churchland.

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