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Highlight Of The Month: “The Village” by Wrabel

This moving video follows a transgender teenager as they struggle to navigate a world where they are told they are wrong for not fitting in and meeting expectations. The picture painted clearly shows that this person does not find support and acceptance at home. Binding, hiding, and crying, until they finally break free and cut their hair off. They are shown with a family who are all fighting and crying and hurting. Their reaction to this transformation is volatile. School offers a safer space. We see art as a form of therapy and release. We get to see the beauty in acceptance.

No, your mom don’t get it
And your dad don’t get it
Uncle John don’t get it

And you can’t tell grandma
‘Cause her heart can’t take it
And she might not make it

They say, “Don’t dare, don’t you even go there”
“Cutting off your long hair”
“You do as you’re told”
Tell you, “Wake up, go put on your makeup”
“This is just a phase you’re gonna outgrow”

There’s something wrong in the village
In the village


Read

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo  

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James 

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis 

The Deep by Rivers Solomon  

Nevada by Imogen Binnie 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 

Paul Takes the Form of an Immortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor 

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn 

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg 

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters 

Real Life by Brandon Taylor 

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro 

Dreadnought by April Daniels 

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera 

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver 

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus 

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson 

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore 

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson 

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez 

Exile and Pride by Eli Clare 

Here For It by R. Eric Thomas 

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel-Essays by Alexander Chee 

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes 

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado 

Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote 

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib 

When They Call You A Terrorist-A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele 

Bestiary by Donika Kelly 

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith 

Nature Poem by Tommy Pico 

Transgender History by Susan Stryker 

A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom 

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen 

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamai and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 

On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden 

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Lovers by Kai Cheng Tom 

Boy Erased by Garrad Conley 

We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown 

Fairest by Meredith Talusan 

The Stonewall Reader edited by the New York Public Library 

Stonewall by Martin Duberman 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color is a feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa 

Real Life by Brandon Taylor  

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta 

Queer There and Everywhere: 23 People who Changed the World by Sarah Prager 

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton 

The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault 

Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory by Qwo-Li Driskoll 

Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture by Siobhan B. Somerville 

A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969 by Noam Sienna 

A People’s history of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian 

Watch

Moonlight (2015) 

The Queen (1968) 

Rafiki (2019) 

Paris is Burning (1990) 

The Handmaiden (2016) 

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) 

Bessie (2015) 

Naz and Maalik (2014) 

Tongues Untied (1989) 

The Boys in the Band (1970) 

Philadelphia (1993) 

Carol (2015) 

BPM (2017) 

The Birdcage (1996) 

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) 

Call Me By Your Name (2017) 

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) 

Brokeback Mountain (2005) 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) 

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) 

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) 

Tangerine (2015) 

Parting Glances (1986) 

The Color Purple (1985) 

God’s Own Country (2017) 

A Fantastic Woman (2017) 

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) 

Longtime Companion (1989) 

Pride (2014) 

All About My Mother (1999) 

High Art (1998) 

Jeffrey (1995) 

A Single Man (2005) 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) 

Before Night Falls (2000) 

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) 

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 

Pariah (2011) 

But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) 

Beginners (2010) 

The Wedding Banquet (1993) 

Making Love (1982) 

Heavenly Creatures (1994) 

Maurice (1987) 

My Own Private Idaho (1991) 

Beach Rats (2017) 

Personal Best (1982) 

The Kids Are All Right (2010) 

The Watermelon Woman (1996) 

Other People (2016) 

Happy Together (1997) 

Keep the Lights On (2012) 

Desert Hearts (1985) 

Viva (2015) 

Handsome Devil (2017) 

Rocketman (2019) 

The Children’s Hour (1961) 

Love, Simon (2018) 

Punks (2000) 

Brother to Brother (2004) 

Listen

“The Village” by Wrabel

“Black Tie” by Grace Petrie

“Girls/Girls/Boys” by Panic! At The Disco

“She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert

“Fuck You” by Lily Allen

“Finally” by CeCe Peniston

“Constant Craving” by K.D. Lang

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

“I Want To Break Free” by Queen

“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

“The Origin Of Love” by Hedwig and the Angry Inch

“Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill

“Raise You Up/Just Be” from Kinky Boots**

“A Little Respect” by Ensure

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” by Culture Club

“Supermodel (You Better Work)” by RuPaul

“Boys Keep Swimming” by David Bowie

“Glad To Be Gay” by Tom Robinson Band

“Dancing On My Own” by Robyn

“Closer To Fine” by Indigo Girls

“People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson

“Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

“Firework” by Katy Perry

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester

“Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves

“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

“Grace Kelly” by Mika

“I Go To Rio” by Peter Allen

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John and George Michael

“I Love The Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges

“Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat

“Heavy Cross” by Gossip

“New York City Boy” by Pet Shop Boys

“Let’s Have A Kiki” by Scissor Sisters

“Come To My Window” by Melissa Etheridge

“Take Me I’m Yours” by Jobriath

“All The Lovers” by Kylie Minogue

“Bloom” by Troye Sivan

“Got To Be Real” by Cheryl Lynn

“A Little Respect” by Erasure

“What I Need” by Hayley Kiyoko ft. Kehlani

“Freedom! ’90” by George Michael

“LGBT” by CupcaKKe

“Raise Your Glass” by P!nk

“Keep On Living” by Le Tigre

“Take Me Or Leave Me” from Rent

“Vogue” by Madonna

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher

“Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

“Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul

“True Trans Soul Rebel” by Against Me!

“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

“Girls Like Girls” by Hayley Kiyoko

“Closer” by Tegan and Sara

“I Want To Break Free” by Queen

“Queen” by Perfume Genius

“Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe

“Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

“Honey” by Kehlani

“HIM” by Sam Smith

“Strangers” by Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui

“Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves ****

“You Need To Calm Down” by Taylor Swift

“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer

“Elton’s Song” by Elton John

“Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite

“Anthem” by Pansy Division

“I Love Hardcore Boys/I Love Boys Hardcore” by Limp Wrist

“Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters

“Blind” by Hercules and Love Affair

“Alive” by Sia