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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Review

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Written by Sarah Prager with illustrations by Zoe More O'Ferrall

Sarah Prager is new to the book world with her debut book, QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: 23 People Who Changed the World, but has been doing many other things for and within the LGBTQ+ community in her lifetime. Sarah Prager is not new to writing, as she has written for The Advocate, Huffington Post, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, It Gets Better Project’s blog and so much more. In 2013, Sarah Prager entered the app world with an app called Quist, which teaches viewers LGBTQ+ and HIV history. She has been a guest on shows like HuffPost Live. She also works as a speaker on LGBTQ+ history in colleges like San Diego State University and events for businesses like Twitter. However, when Sarah Prager is not working for LGBTQ+ awareness, you can find her chilling with her wife, her daughter and their three cats in Wallingford, Connecticut.

"QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE had a fun tone throughout the book, which makes it succeed where quite a few history books do not....each figure’s essay is interesting and comprehensive...."

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln might have been gay? You will after reading QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE. In this book, Sarah Prager takes famous historical figures from across the world and puts them in a whole new light. Some might call it a rainbow light. However, Prager does not stop there. In QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE, Sarah Prager also brings light to important historical figures who have been wiped from history due to their sexuality or gender expression --- and does a good job of it too.

In her book, Prager writes, “Being queer isn’t new; queer people have existed for as long as people have existed! And acknowledging that fact does something really major: It reminds those who identify as queer that they have proud queer ancestors who fought for their rights, that they have cultural grandparents who took a stand.” This quote shows why QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE had to be written. In history class, we learn all about our major historical figures and what they have contributed to our world. However, we rarely scratch the surface of sexuality of each important leader. Well, QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE takes a giant nuke and blows that straight surface wide open.

QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE is a great book. Not only did the book bring light to the LGBTQ+ community, it was also a really interesting read. I learned so much. But I’m also a history junkie, so I really enjoy most books about history. QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE had a fun tone throughout the book, which makes it succeed where quite a few history books do not. Sarah Prager goes over both historical figures who are well known as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and historical figures whose sexuality is more of a shock.  However, each figure’s essay is interesting and comprehensive, which keeps the reader intrigued during all of QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE.

QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager is a quick read but a thorough one.  QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE is meant for the LGBTQ+ community but specifically for LGBTQ+ teens and tweens. The book shows you the history --- your history --- that is not found anywhere else.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on July 12, 2017

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World
Written by Sarah Prager with illustrations by Zoe More O'Ferrall