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Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement

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Sheila R. Morris is the author of four nonfiction books and several short stories, and she has an international following of her blog "I'll Call It Like I See It." She is the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award for her leadership and service to the South Carolina LGBTQ community and has won numerous awards for her writing and activism. She lives in Columbia with her wife, Teresa Williams, and their two dogs.Harlan Greene is the author of the novels Why We Never Danced the Charleston, What the Dead Remember, and The German Officer's Boy.


"I've got a sign up on my wall, a quote from Lillian Smith that says "The winner names the age" and I know that is mostly true. But I know too that we can defy ignorance and prejudice and fear with our own matter of fact stories of how all of us dangerous provocative people account for our lives. Thirty years of history retold from the inside is in this anthology. The people who stood up and risked their homes, their families and their very lives to make the world safer and more just for all of us tell us how they did it, day by day, year by year. So put up another notice, one that defies denial as this wonderful anthology does. We can claim our history one story at a time, and the stories rename the age."--Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller "In Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement, Sheila Morris has curated a gallery of queer activists' stories. If the SC Historical Commission ever casts around for some new figures for all the surplus bronze, this book has a hero for every platform."--Kate Clinton, feminist humorist, contributor to the Progressive and the Huffington Post "Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement is special. Really special. It's rare to find a collection of personal essays so rich and compelling, its contributors sharing the journeys that frequently took them into regions unknown but eventually lead them back home--to themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. What a wonderful book! Read it and celebrate!"--Robert H. Brinkmeyer, Jr., Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina "Sheila Morris has edited a volume of essays that recover and expand on the southern contribution to the struggle for our people to find an identity in the South, where our adaptations to the culture landscape were many, varied, and sometimes dangerous. This is a vital book for anyone who wants to understand the shape of the gender movements of the last decades."--Jim Grimsley, author of Dream Boy and How I Shed My Skin

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