Author: Alex Cooper

Hey there,🎭 In August of 1862, Lyons Wakeman, a 19-year-old from upstate New York, enlisted in the Union Army. Wakeman went on to fight gallantly in action against the Confederates in Louisiana before, like so many Civil War soldiers, dying from disease rather than a bullet. But Wakeman differed from the other soldiers in one key respect: Wakeman was assigned female at birth and lived most of her life under the name Sarah Rosetta Wakeman. Now Wakeman’s story is coming to the stage, as she’s the focus of a musical play, with the working title of The Rosetta Project,

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This week’s question was: What acclaimed book by George M. Johnson has been banned across the U.S. for its overtly queer themes?

This week’s answer is:All Boys Aren’t Blue. The young adult book, which Johnson describes as a memoir-manifesto, details their experience as a young Black queer person navigating the world as they grew up. Johnson recently announced their next book, Flamboyants: The Queer Harlem Renaissance I Wish I’d Known, will be out in September.

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