The book’s introduction is personal and explains the deep importance of what follows to the author. She recalls looking for people more like her and longing for role models; Ms. Sicardi is making what she wanted easily available to young readers.
This book can be read in order or flipped through. It is engagingly illustrated and filled with people, some of whom readers will know even as others become new acquaintances. Just some of those profiled include Sappho, Freddie Mercury, Emma Gonzalez, James Baldwin, Tove Jansson, Martina Navratilova, Tim Cook. Virginia Woolf, Lili Elbe and Nobuko Voshiya. The book also includes a helpful glossary.
This title provides its readers with a sense that they are not alone in the world. It may well encourage them to learn more about those in the book whom they find most appealing.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher:
David Bowie became an icon to many in the LGBTQ+ community. His work opened the door for others to embrace sexual diversity, and he challenged people’s perception of gender stereotypes.
Frida shared her work with Diego Rivera, who encouraged her to continue her artistic career path. It was not long before the couple fell in love and they married in 1929, but it was a rocky and turbulent marriage. Frida, who was openly bisexual, had affairs with men and women. Diego too had numerous affairs, and the couple eventually divorced, although they married once more in 1940!
Frida Kahlo, the Mexican, bisexual, Communist, feminist has become one of the best-known artists of all time.