Asexual Resources

Sometimes called “A Fourth Orientation,” asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction toward any gender. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy, as celibacy is a choice. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.

We recently just acquired three new books on asexuality: a nonfiction introduction to the subject, a collection of short stories about asexual relationships, and a young adult novel featuring an asexual protagonist!

BookCoverBriefIntroAsexuality: A Brief Introduction
This book explores love, sex, and life, from the asexual point of view. This book is for anyone, regardless of orientation. Whether you’re asexual, think you might be, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about what asexuality is (and isn’t), there’s something inside for you. This is one of the first books exclusively dedicated to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. Written by an asexual, it discusses the topic from the inside, debunking common misconceptions and myths about asexual individuals.

 

 

heartThe Heart of Aces
The heart of aces is where an anomaly lives, where love’s definition takes a deviation from the common rules.
These eleven stories dive into asexual relationships, where couples embrace differences, defy society’s expectations, and find romantic love. In this collection is a full spectrum of asexuality in all its classifications. From contemporary fiction to fantasy, from heteroromantic to homoromantic, join these unique characters on their journey to finding the person that speaks to their hearts.

 

quickQuicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Three months ago, perfect, popular seventeen year-old Tori Beaugrand disappeared into thin air. And then, just as inexplicably, Tori returns home, bloodied and beaten, but alive and whole. Tori’s disappearance is a mystery to the police and her friends, and she claims that she cannot remember anything of her abduction, or the weeks she was gone. More than anything, Tori wants everyone to forget, and to move on with her life as though nothing has happened.
Anderson does a great job of portraying Tori’s asexuality, without making this Tori’s sole defining characteristic.  Tori is a young woman who feels love, and rage, and loneliness–she’s not sexually attracted to anyone, but she feels and yearns for emotional connection.

Outside resources available online:

  • (A)Sexual (2013), a documentary by Angela TuckerFacing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, as well as a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals struggle to claim their identity. A FilmBuff Presentation.
  • The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)
    AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion among sexual and asexual people alike.
  • Asexuality Archive
    The Asexuality Archive is a collection of all things Ace, striving to provide a comprehensive and uncensored look into what asexuality is, what it means to us and how it shapes our lives.  The intention is to provide information that is approachable and informative, whether or not you’re asexual.
  • Taking the Cake: An Illustrated Primer on Asexuality
    Maisha’s Taking the Cake zine is a beautifully illustrated COLORING BOOK on all-things asexual. Topics include a rundown on the various “flavors” of asexuality, the symbols of asexuality, a look at asexuality in how it pertains to the LGBTQ community, “Tips for Sexuals Dating Asexuals,” a piece on how to be an ally to asexuals, a resource library, and much more!
  • Asexuality Resources
    This blog aims to provide information showing people how and where to learn about asexuality. Whether it be definitions, websites, blog, videos, articles and more. This blog also helps support asexual vis/ed by creating sharable images with meaningful messages or infographs about asexuality to create a better understanding and visibility of this often invisible and misunderstood orientation.
  • Asexuality Awareness Week (October 26-November 1)

Christmas in July: New Books!

new books

Picture it: yesterday afternoon. A big box is delivered full of bright, shiny, new materials for the library.  They all had the new smelling book smell. You know that smell? It was like Christmas came early. At least, I thought so; I might have done a little happy dance in celebration, but that’s neither here nor there.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you a little glimpse of some of the new books I’m most excited about.

InIn One Person by John Irving
Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award, New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity. In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of One Person, tells the tragicomic story of his life as a “sexual suspect.” In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself worthwhile.

 

fairylandFairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.  Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.
Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.

silhouetteSilhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic. She dreams of indulging in ornithology and a visit to an amusement park—a summer of fun before she returns to a last year of high school, marriage, and middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under supervision of oppressive guardians. Only a job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own heart can save her from the suffocation of traditional femininity. It is the tale of a young woman’s discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and, of course, the power of unexpected love.

And because I love graphic novels so much…

batwomanBatwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war – one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras! Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story “Go,” in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate’s life – and the lives of her family – will never be the same!

 

And the book I’m most excited about…

beyond Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
by Susan Kuklin
Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

All of these new materials and more are on display now in the GLBT office, stop by and see what else we got for Christmas in July!

Recent Additions to our Library

We have had a great number of book donations this semester, as well as the opportunity to purchase some new items from our wishlist (suggestions from several of our patrons made it into the library this spring)!

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be regular posts about our newest items! We hope that some of the books or movies will end up on your to-read or to-watch lists this summer!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Miseducation of Cameron Post Book CoverWhen Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

A Pirate’s Heart (Staff favorite!)

A Pirate's Heart Book Cover

When rare book librarian Emma Boyd searches for a pirate’s long-lost treasure map, she learns the hard way that pirates still exist in today’s world–and some modern pirates steal maps, others steal hearts.

The treasure map she seeks belonged to the Caribbean pirate Thomasina Farris, who disappeared in 1715 without a trace. Did Captain Tommy steal an entire treasure from a Spanish galleon and escape? Did she die by another pirate’s sword? Or did she die of a broken heart when the woman she loved disappeared? Emma’s and Tommy’s stories collide when Emma, after uncovering the truth about Captain Tommy’s fate, must decide her own…and the choice is between romance or revenge.

I am J

I am J book coverJ always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was; a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible – from his family, from his friends…from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding – it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

 

 

Mermaid Drowning

Mermaid Drowning book coverSam and Evelyn live the American dream north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Their dream is shattered when Sam discovers his wife’s secret – a secret that propels him down a path that violates his reason, his values, and his heart. As their once-perfect life unravels, Evelyn questions her decision to hide her past and struggles to make peace with the violence and death that were a part of it.

In the hope of gaining full custody of their children, Sam searches Evelyn’s past. His main focus turns to the murder of Evelyn’s friends when she was sixteen – a murder some suggest she committed. The man Evelyn accused of the slayings makes Sam a simple offer: if Sam joins him and helps destroy Evelyn’s life, he will make sure Sam gets the kids, wealth, and power.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

She's not there book coverJennifer Finney Boylan tells a winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, the author explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Gay Musical

The Big Gay Musical posterStarring in the Off-Broadway musical comedy, “Adam & Steve – Just the way God made ’em,” aspiring actors Paul and Eddie find their complicated lives mirroring their onstage characters. Through rousing musical numbers that feature scantily clad tap-dancing angels, a clever retelling of Genesis, creepy televangelists, and a camp that attempts to turn gay kids straight, everyone realizes that life gets better once they accept who they really are: just the way God made ’em!

One Nation Under God: The Religious Right and Their Crusade to “Cure” Gay People in America (documentary)

one nation under god coverOne Nation Under God takes on the history of the religious right in America and the techniques they’ve used over the past fifty years to try to change gays and lesbians into straight people.

The film provides a historical context as well as political analysis of the frighteningly large and well-financed anti-gay campaign being waged by the religious right and conservative political leaders, who are “curing” gays and lesbians in the name of Family Values, Morality and Patriotism. It analyzes the underlying social and cultural factors that have contributed to the persistent and harmful myth that gay people are somehow damaged and can be “fixed.”

Saint of 9/11 (documentary)

saint of 9/11 coverIn an enduring photograph of 9/11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest’s body from the world trade center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice.

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellan, Saint of 9/11 represents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, and a beloved New York City Fire Department Chaplain, he was a humble priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways.

Saint of 9/11 features friends and colleagues such as former president Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen paying tribute to the quintessential Franciscan priest whose life’s work far eclipsed his heroic death.

Stonewall Uprising (documentary)

stonewall uprising coverVeteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists, and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Perks of Being a Wallflower (We have the book AND the movie!)

perks cover

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until two charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the quest for the perfect song.

Prayers for Bobby (film)

prayers for bobby coverSigourney Weaver stars in this emotional true story about a deeply religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept her son’s homosexuality. Mary Griffith (Weaver) is a devout Christian who has raised her children with a conservative religious perspective. When her son, Bobby (Ryan Kelley), reveals that he is gay to his older brother, the entire family dynamic is forever shifted. While Bobby’s father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary turns to her steadfast beliefs in an attempt to “cure” her son. Alienated and quickly becoming more detached from the safety of his close-knit family, Bobby’s depression drives him to take drastic – and tragic – actions. Based on the book Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons (held by our library).

She’s a Boy I Knew (film)

she's a boy i knew coverShe’s a Boy I Knew is a comic, heartbreaking, uplifting autobiography that focuses on the interpersonal relationships of a family who unexpectedly find their bonds strengthening as they overcome their preconceptions of gender and sexuality.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (all 7 seasons!)

buffy posterWatch Buffy and her friends (and enemies) mature from angsty teenagers to more self-aware and lovable characters – from charming season one to apocalyptic season seven.

 

 

 

Stop by between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday – Friday to check out any of these items! Not sure when you can make it in? Email glbtlib@indiana.edu to reserve the copy and have it ready to go when you can come pick it up!