Review: ARC of A Quick & Easy Guide to Trans and Queer Identities by Mady G and JR Zuckerberg

I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and after a considerable amount of confusion, two conversations with kindle support, and a lot of frustration, I realised that this book would not display on my phone, and eventually figured out how to get it onto my computer so I could read it¹. I then proceeded to read it in one sitting, and enjoy it very much.


Look at the beautiful cover! The colour, pictures and detail continue throughout the book/graphic novel

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!

I have four nieces, and I think this book would be an amazing way to introduce them to ideas like minority sexualities and gender identity, without having to worry if I’m explaining things wrong, or unclearly. The colours and pictures are engaging, the content is educational and respectful, and I really appreciated the number of identities the book covered. The way the guide focussed on self-love and acceptance, and even included tips to ensuring healthy relationships was a lovely addition to a book already filled with clear, accessible definitions of identities that aren’t widely understood.

Just a few of the topics I was happy to see covered in the book include—asexuality and aromanticism; the different types of dysphoria that may be experienced by transgender people, and the way this might differ for people with non-binary genders; the difference between sex and gender and why our understanding of gender is still evolving; ways to spot unhealthy behaviour in yourself and others when in a relationship; coming out and the factors that may impact someone’s decision on when/if to do so and many more.

This book covers more about sexuality and gender in under one hundred pages than I was ever taught at school, and it does it without ever being ‘inappropriate’ or even political (a tough thing to do when even the existence of transgender people is challenged by certain bigoted groups/world leaders).

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that the beautiful illustrations and accessible explanations may come off as condescending to an adult. Recommending a picture book to help someone understand the broad spectrums of sexuality and gender could definitely seem (or be) condescending, so you’d have to be careful recommending or gifting this book to anyone over the age of roughly 12. That’s not to say that the book handles anything in an immature fashion, or that people older than 12 won’t learn something, but the colourful pictures of snails could definitely give the wrong impression if someone is looking for a resource with which to educate themself.

This book is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of April 2019, I’ll be posting a reminder closer to the release date, because I want as many people and school libraries to buy this book as possible. If you’re at all interested in learning more about the nuanced spectrum of sexuality and gender that humanity experiences, read this book.

¹It all ended up being included in an FAQ post by NetGalley, so the mistake was mine all along

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