No Way, They Were Gay?
Hidden Lives and Secret Loves
From the Series Queer History Project
“History” sounds really official. Like it’s all fact. Like it’s definitely what happened.
But that’s not necessarily true. History was crafted by the people who recorded it. And sometimes, those historians were biased against, didn’t see, or couldn’t even imagine anyone different from themselves.
That means that history has often left out the stories of LGBTQIA+ people: men who loved men, women who loved women, people who loved without regard to gender, and people who lived outside gender boundaries. Historians have even censored the lives and loves of some of the world’s most famous people, from William Shakespeare and Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Cary Grant and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Join author Lee Wind for this fascinating journey through primary sources—poetry, memoir, news clippings, and images of ancient artwork—to explore the hidden (and often surprising) Queer lives and loves of two dozen historical figures.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Genre||Social Studies, Young Adult|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Zest Books ™|
|Number of Pages||296|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||YAN006150, YAN025000, YAN051270|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 8.25|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Introductory note, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and eSource|
Author: Lee Wind
Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning and Queer youth, and their Allies. He is the author of No Way, They Were Gay: Hidden Lives and Secret Loves, which won the ILA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award and was named a 2021 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book. Lee also works for IBPA and SCBWI. Visit him online at www.leewind.org to see and share how #QueerHistoryIsEverywhere.
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Queer History Project
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- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- ILA Children's and Young Adult Book Award in Nonfiction
- Cybils Nominee
- Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
“Using primary sources to frame an alternative historical narrative, and asking readers to form their own conclusions, Wind sets out to fill some of those gaps, focusing primarily on the same-sex relationships or nonbinary identities of 12 well-known public figures.”—Publishers Weekly
“At a time where issues of social justice are often deemed either overinflated or ‘solved,’ Lee Wind makes a powerful case that queer historical erasure is an ongoing issue.”—Foreword Reviews
Michael D. Cohen
“I can’t believe this book hasn’t existed until now!! It’s a joyful and fascinating read that reminds us that LGBTQ+ people have always existed, thrived and made important contributions to society. No matter what your age, orientation or gender identity, Lee Wind makes you feel like this book was written for you.”–Michael D. Cohen, Actor/Writer/Director/Acting Coach