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:321 pages pages

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States Reviews

  • Lindsay
    May 11, 2019
    Such a beautiful reflection--so timely, and something I hope becomes outdated very, very soon. I wasn't quite expecting its trajectory, probably mostly because I avoid synopses and reviews apart from identifying something I want to read, and so I was a little surprised that this focuse...
  • 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...
  • Kristin
    Jun 30, 2019
    ?Social progress, I realize, happens not just through the sort of revolutionary actions that generate Oscar-baiting biopics but through the underestimated power of conversation - through small exchanges of generosity and goodwill, through questions asked in good faith, through love e...
  • 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...
  • David
    May 15, 2019
    4.5 It's hard to quibble about a book's shortcomings when the author's overall tone and POV are so infectiously upbeat. Journalist Samantha Allen has certainly gone at this 'See The Real America' project with optimistic gusto - and there is a great deal to be culled from it. Al...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • rosalind
    May 19, 2019
    there are a LOT of good things to say about this book (especially, i think, about the portrayal of chosen family and the very light, very effective use of queer theory) but as a houstonian the way allen showed houston was just. so incredibly perfect. like she hung out with cool queer p...
  • 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...
  • Isaac
    Jul 04, 2019
    This book is easily one of the best I've read all year! I picked it up in anticipation of an upcoming move from California to Texas, and was enthralled by Allen's descriptions of queer and trans lives in red states (including her own), as well as her careful analysis of LGBT political ...
  • 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 ...
  • TK
    May 28, 2019
    This audiobook helped me pin point some of my feelings about queer organizing in the US South and my feelings around being a transplant from the NE. But I am not without criticism of this book. Many of these are based on my expectations of the book. I was expecting the book to be a lit...
  • 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...
  • Shelby Lynne
    Jun 14, 2019
    Gosh this was hopeful. I'd almost say TOO hopeful, at least in the epilogue, but what a dose of joy this brought me two years into the fallout of my own coming out. I especially loved the chapter on found family; the intrinsic queerness of ALL relationships in the LGBTQ+ community, reg...
  • Sarah Swedberg
    May 05, 2019
    I wanted to like this book more. Maybe the problem is that I live in red America and do the really hard work of trying to make it a safer place for LGBTQ+ people. Many days I feel like the work is impossible, despite some gains. This doesn't stop me from working toward those gains, ...
  • Anastasia
    Jun 28, 2019
    While this book was a decent read, I felt that it was different enough from the description that I did not like it as much as expected, due to not getting what I signed up for, so to speak. While there were certainly LBGT stories from a variety of cities across the midwest (and Atlanta...
  • 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...
  • Alex
    May 12, 2019
    The concept behind this book was amazing and I loved everyone who the author spoke about and interviewed. But I felt this book had far too many metaphors, pop culture references and badly integrated statistics that didn?t allow it to flow the way I really wished it had. I hope the...
  • Kayla
    Jul 13, 2019
    So, shall I send a copy to Ms. Taylor Swift? Dr. Samantha Allen is captivating, blending her own story with her reportage, on a 6 week road trip through some red states. This is a must read for anyone, almost especially queer people, who have exclusively lived in blue, queer-friend...
  • 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...
  • Rickey Bach
    Jul 06, 2019
    When I first downloaded this audiobook, I expected chapters which were snugly spun around certain individuals, who share their experiences of being queer in more conservative areas of the US. Having grown up in a very red, impoverished, and rural part of the country as a queer person m...
  • Emily
    Jul 09, 2019
    This is what I have learned on my travels: America is a deeply queer country?not just the liberal bastions and enclaves, but the so-called real America sandwiched between the coasts. (6) In Real Queer America, trans lesbian journalist Samantha Allen takes a road trip across the sout...
  • R Macklin
    Jun 15, 2019
    I cannot say enough good things about Real Queer America. Samantha Allen writes clearly and compassionately, and it's clear that she loves the people that she is interviewing and the states that she's visiting. This is a gorgeous travel memoir, and it was the perfect read for Pride. ...
  • Mel
    Jul 05, 2019
    So enjoyed gaining the perspective from a trans woman reporting on the very conservative parts of the country which all too many liberals are always quick to discredit as bigoted & dangerous for the LGBT+ populations there. The author made a great point about how even though some t...
  • Leah
    May 26, 2019
    Wow. I have more to say, but for now all you need to know is: wow. That was incredible, and it's incredibleness can pretty much be condensed into a solid, whispered "wow." I will admit that in the past I, too, have fallen into the trap of dismissing the South as a place of unabated ...