Books I Want To Read More Of This Year (2021)

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We all know I'm trying to get through as many books I already own as possible in 2021, but there are a selection of books that I want to read more of this year. This post is all about the kinds of books I want to make some space for on my TBR's this year. Obviously, we know I love diversity and diverse books/authors of all kinds, so that is a given! BUT I want to specify certain aspects of diversity that I'm really looking to expand when reading. Reading a lot of old books has lead to my reading repertoire being a lot of white, cis, straight, non-disabled writers and stories, and whilst they can be entertaining I feel like I'm seriously lacking in relatable content and interesting takes and spins on old tropes. We already know the writers and books I DON'T want to read, let's see what I do.

Elliot Page: Our Trans Icon

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This week Elliot Page came out as trans and uses he/they pronouns. This was very exciting for me, as a trans nonbinary fan of theirs since... God, Juno? I've watched them create many exciting characters on screen for many years. I was a budding actor myself (and half still am) and I always felt drawn to Elliot's work and characters. Through the years, he has come out as queer (or, sadly outed like a lot of queer stars in Hollywood) and turned to a queerer direction of character portrayals. His characters were never mainstream, but seeing them change from straight/cis to queer and somewhat fluid of gender representation, gave me hope for the continuing change in Hollywood to start allowing more LGBTQ+ actors to, not only play queer roles, but any roles and be successful.

5 Main Tips for Being a Better Trans Ally

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November is Trans Visibility month, and this week is specifically Trans Visibility and Awareness week with Trans Day of Remembrance landing next Friday (20th). We still have a long way to go with Trans Rights in the UK, but also globally. being a trans person of multiple marginalised identities is even more scary, isolating and dangerous. Many trans people are also mentally ill, neuro-diverse, disabled, chronically ill, Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, or queer in some form as well, or any combo of these things all at once. If you are new here, I am Artie, I am a nonbinary trans person with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses, neuro-diverse, mentally ill and queer.

Cemetery Boys: Book Review Arc August

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Cemetery Boys is a romantic mystery, starring Yadriel a latinx trans guy struggling to prove his identity to his family members. With the help of his cousin Maritza, Yadriel gives himself the quinces his family delayed indefinitely to prove that Lady Death accepts him as a brujo and so should they. In the first chapter we are thrown straight into the action seamlessly, meeting Yads and Maritza on their way to perform the ritual.