LGBTQ+ Books

Where Forever Started

What would you do if you saw someone getting beaten up?Have-a-go hero Barney really should have used his patented superpower—his Very Loud Scream—and not chanced his wobbly, faux bravado. Now he’s dodging a posse of angry yobs, his head reeling from more than the missile that just hit him. Just who is this stranger sprinting at his side? By the time it’s safe for him and Raf to emerge from their refuge, there’s a definite connection between them. And yet there’s something about Raf’s story that doesn’t quite add up. Will Barney's I-dared-to-believe dreams go up in smoke or is this New Year’s Eve the one Where Forever Started?

The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies Book 1)

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry.Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude... and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn't the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Maybe This Time: A One Time Only novella

From #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a sexy, forbidden MM romance novella about a rock star and a bodyguard!There's one thing I need in my life right now and one thing only -- a new job.So I'm stoked when I land a dream gig as a bodyguard for a rock star.But there's definitely one thing I do not need at all -- a complication.Like being wildly attracted to the guy who just hired me.So I vow to do everything I can to deny the intense attraction for the man I'm sworn to protect. All I have to do is ignore it. Eventually it'll go away, right?But that's not what happens one night after a concert... MAYBE THIS TIME is a 14,000-word prequel novella about how Stone and Jackson meet and it leads into their full-length novel ONE TIME ONLY. You don't have to read MAYBE THIS TIME to enjoy ONE TIME ONLY, but you'll likely enjoy this story before the story!

Unforgettable Mistake (Rowan Book 2)

When a misunderstanding leads to what could be the one he’s not letting him go. He’s going to enjoy every moment of this unforgettable mistake.Winter Rossi-Royal didn’t need anything else to take his attention when Harmon come looking for job. He's attracted and so was Harmon. He hired him but didn’t realize until later it was all a misunderstanding. No matter the reason Harmon had come Winter wasn’t about to walk away from the man whose captured his attention.Harmon Caine is drawn to the man he's been sent to help. When he puts him to work he’s more amused and even more attracted to him. As Harmon works his shift each interaction only heightens the connection. Harmon already knows that this man wasn’t like any he had ever met. He wants to take things slow but Winter isn’t one to do that. Harmon is off-kilter and knows that it didn’t matter the reasons they meet they were in this together with their unforgettable mistake.

Launch the Hunt (Grizzly Rim Book 1)

The job he can't refuse comes with a guy he can't resist.Eagle shifter John Tillman can almost taste freedom.He never expected to raise his kid sister. She’s worth the sacrifices he’s made—education, career, lovers—but the empty nest is calling his name.To save her college fund, John’s taking every run his plane can handle and doing his best to keep his shifting under the radar.Then his latest job walks into the bar with a strange gait and velvety Southern drawl.+Army veteran Logan Maddox has given a lot for freedom.He’s no hero, just a guy trying to adapt to new parameters. If he isn’t fully living the gay identity he’s finally accepted…well, it’s not top priority.After three tours, two new legs, and one long-overdue divorce, Logan has zeroed in on a single objective: a trip into Alaska’s back country, no distractions.But fate has its own tactics, and the only pilot available is a tall, surly drink of water who’s gonna challenge every good intention Logan’s got.LAUNCH THE HUNT is the 1st novel in the GRIZZLY RIM m/m shifter series.Strap in for late-night tent shenanigans, chilly skinny-dipping, slow dancing with consequences, and a couple of rules just begging to be broken.Tropes: single dads, forced proximity, hurt/comfortContent Notes: This story includes memory of parental death, depiction of combat injuries & physical therapy, internal & external ableism, and teens making bad decisions.Originally published as a novella in 2015, this novel edition of LAUNCH THE HUNT has been extensively revised and expanded for republication in 2019.

Feeling Pretty: First Time Feminization

Now that Johnny has graduated from college, he's expected to step up and work for his father's company. On his way to yet another boring conference, Johnny meets an elegant stranger—and she's going to unlock his deepest desires. Lucky for Johnny, Clarissa is as gentle and perceptive as she is commanding. Because when Clarissa sets her sights on Johnny, she won't rest until he's dressed up and ready to get down.

Course Correction (Rogue Rescue Book 1)

Playing it safe has gotten him everything – except the one guy he’s always wanted.As leader of a covert unit of rescue swimmers, following the mission plan is a matter of professional survival for seal shifter Nate Landry. But recent closure on a colleague’s death has Nate recalculating his own trajectory.It could use a little nudge and a whole lotta juice, and he only has to glance across the cockpit for just the right source of turbulence.Following orders has kept him sane – until the guy giving them goes full throttle.Chopper pilot Gil Espinoza has kept his thing for Landry on cruise control for eight long years. That the guy once chose a fellow shifter over Gil stung like hell but kept him on course.Problem is: the good lieutenant just laid down new coordinates, a radical turn into uncharted waters.And if there’s one thing Gil can’t do, it’s ignore an order from Nate Landry.+CW: one hero's parent living with cognitive decline; depictions of sea rescues; missing person situation+COURSE CORRECTION is the 1st novel in the ROGUE RESCUE series, steamy paranormal romances featuring marine-shifter heroes:1. COURSE CORRECTION2. CRUSH DEPTH3. ENTRY SHOCKROGUE RESCUE SeriesSaving lives is their mission.Saving each other will be far more dangerous.ROGUE RESCUE is a companion series to GRIZZLY RIM.

Intersectionality in Feminist and Queer Movements: Confronting Privileges (Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality)

Examining the ways in which feminist and queer activists confront privilege through the use of intersectionality, this edited collection presents empirical case studies from around the world to consider how intersectionality has been taken up (or indeed contested) by activists in order to expose and resist privilege.The volume sets out three key ways in which intersectionality operates within feminist and queer movements: it is used as a collective identity, as a strategy for forming coalitions, and as a repertoire for inclusivity. The case studies presented in this book then evaluate the extent to which some, or all, of these types of intersectional activism are used to confront manifestations of privilege. Drawing upon a wide range of cases from across time and space, this volume explores the difficulties with which activists often grapple when it comes to translating the desire for intersectionality into a praxis which confronts privilege. Addressing inter-related and politically relevant questions concerning how we apply and theorise intersectionality in our studies of feminist and queer movements, this timely edited collection will be of interest to students and scholars from across the social sciences and humanities with an interest in gender and feminism, LGBT+ and queer studies, and social movement studies.

Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity (Routledge Research in Gender and Society Book 24)

In recent years transgender has emerged as a subject of increasing social and cultural interest. This volume offers vivid accounts of the diversity of living transgender in today's world. The first section, "Emerging Identities," maps the ways in which social, cultural, legal and medical developments shape new identities on both an individual and collective level. Rather than simply reflecting social change, these shifts work to actively construct contemporary identities. The second section, "Trans Governance," examines how law and social policy have responded to contemporary gender shifts. The third section, "Transforming Identity," explores gender and sexual identity practices within cultural and subcultural spaces. The final section, "Transforming Theory?", offers a theoretical reflection on the increasing visibility of trans people in today’s society and traces the challenges and the contributions transgender theory has brought to gender theory, queer theory and sociological approaches to identity and citizenship. Featuring contributions from throughout the world, this volume represents the cutting-edge scholarship in transgender studies and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in gender, sexuality, and sociology.

Queer Methods and Methodologies: Intersecting Queer Theories and Social Science Research

Queer Methods and Methodologies provides the first systematic consideration of the implications of a queer perspective in the pursuit of social scientific research. This volume grapples with key contemporary questions regarding the methodological implications for social science research undertaken from diverse queer perspectives, and explores the limitations and potentials of queer engagements with social science research techniques and methodologies. With contributors based in the UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia, this truly international volume will appeal to anyone pursuing research at the intersections between social scientific research and queer perspectives, as well as those engaging with methodological considerations in social science research more broadly.

Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)

The vast majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha using the word enlightened, rather than awakened. This bias has resulted in Buddhism becoming generally perceived as the eponymous religion of enlightenment. Beyond Enlightenment is a sophisticated study of some of the underlying assumptions involved in the study of Buddhism (especially, but not exclusively, in the West). It investigates the tendency of most scholars to ground their study of Buddhism in these particular assumptions about the Buddha’s enlightenment and a particular understanding of religion, which is traced back through Western orientalists to the Enlightenment and the Protestant Reformation.Placing a distinct emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a work that will appeal to those with an interest in Buddhism and India and also scholars of religion and history.

Pride Parades and LGBT Movements: Political Participation in an International Comparative Perspective (Gender and Comparative Politics Book 5)

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781315474052, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 licenseToday, Pride parades are staged in countries and localities across the globe, providing the most visible manifestations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex movements and politics.Pride Parades and LGBT Movements contributes to a better understanding of LGBT protest dynamics through a comparative study of eleven Pride parades in seven European countries – Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK – and Mexico. Peterson, Wahlström and Wennerhag uncover the dynamics producing similarities and differences between Pride parades, using unique data from surveys of Pride participants and qualitative interviews with parade organizers and key LGBT activists. In addition to outlining the histories of Pride in the respective countries, the authors explore how the different political and cultural contexts influence: Who participates, in terms of socio-demographic characteristics and political orientations; what Pride parades mean for their participants; how participants were mobilized; how Pride organizers relate to allies and what strategies they employ for their performances of Pride.This book will be of interest to political scientists and sociologists with an interest in LGBT studies, social movements, comparative politics and political behavior and participation.

Pluralistic Struggles in Gender, Sexuality and Coloniality: Challenging Swedish Exceptionalism

This open access book seeks to understand how politics is being made in a pluralistic sense, and explores how these political struggles are challenging and transforming gender, sexuality, and colonial norms. As researchers located in Sweden, a nation often cited as one of the most gender-equal and LGBTQ-tolerant nations, the contributions investigate political processes, decolonial struggles, and events beyond, nearby, and in between organizations, states, and national territories. The collection represents a variety of disciplines, and different theoretical conceptualizations of politics, feminist theory, and postcolonial and queer studies. Students and researchers with an interest of queer studies, gender studies, critical whiteness studies, and civil society studies will find this book an invaluable resource.

Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D'Annunzio

Barbara Spackman here examines the ways in which decadent writers adopted the language of physiological illness and alteration as a figure for psychic otherness. By means of an ideological and rhetorical analysis of scientific as well as literary texts, she shows how the rhetoric of sickness provided the male decadent writer with an alibi for the occupation and appropriation of the female body.

The Layperson's Bible: Volume 1 - Sexuality

I was raised without religion. My mother was a lapsed Catholic, my father a lapsed Protestant. My understanding of Easter as a child was that it was that day you ate ham (as opposed to Christmas, which was that other day you ate turkey). I have been to regular church services exactly four times in my life, and I can't say I remember much about them - except for the hymns. For that matter, I've been to Passover services exactly four times, too, with my ex-girlfriend. I seem to remember liking the music there, too.In other words, apart from the singing, when it comes to the Judeo-Christian tradition, I haven't a clue. I could not - and still cannot - tell you the difference between a Presbyterian and an Episcopalian or a Methodist and a Baptist. In addition, I grew up in New England, in an area where Jews were nearly as prevalent as Christians, and seemed to have nearly as many variations on their religious tradition as the Christians did. All of these different people, so much alike in their non-religious lives, yet each of them carrying a torch for some particular branch of a faith, the nuances of which I couldn't begin to understand. What could they all have in common? The Bible, of course.So I decided to read it. Yes, I read it, the whole thing, even the really boring parts about who begat whom ad infinitum. And you know what? It turns out that The Bible is really pretty interesting - particularly when you know next to nothing about the religions that use it as a basis for their doctrine and faith. And so I sat down and began analyzing what The Bible said to me as a layperson, someone with no emotional or historical attachment to its teachings and tenets. These volumes are the result of that analysis.It is not my intention to judge the value, relevance, or accuracy of what The Bible says, nor do I pretend to be a religious scholar of any sort with special knowledge of biblical interpretation or history. Rather, I examine the meaning of what The Bible says to ME, an ordinary twenty-first century person without religious training or knowledge who has picked up The Good Book for the first time and said to himself, "Well, look at that! Who'd have thought that was in there all along?"I had a lot of fun digging these gems out of our most famous work of literature, and I hope you'll have fun reading them, too. This first volume is on everyone's favorite subject: SEXUALITY. What does The Bible really say about homosexuality? About adultery, chastity, and incest? If you're a layperson like me, I think you may be surprised by just what's contained in those two testaments - and the impact those words have had upon our society down to this day.

Is Africa Queer?

Some African leaders claim that it was brought into the continent from other parts of the world. Nevertheless, most scholarship and research demonstrates that homosexuality has long been a part of various African cultures. In Somalia, Somaliland, Mauritania and northern Nigeria, homosexuality is punishable by death.