Do you know what "queer" means? Do you know how to use it correctly and politely? Does your tongue trip over itself when someone says "transgender?" In this clear and concise text Chris Bartlett provides direct explanations for how to use and interpret LGBTQIA+ identifications. Writing to those who are unsure of how to talk about alternative sexualities and gender, the author uses case studies and historical examples to unpack this often misused and misunderstood vocabulary. For much of his life Chris felt unsure of how to politely address and to interact with people who place themselves outside of the traditionally encouraged heterosexual mold. This fear of appearing ignorant or rude led him to avoid interacting with some people and prevented him from sticking up for others when he should have. The truth is that being uncomfortable and unsure around a new concept does not make anyone a bad person but when that mindset prevents one from being fair and equitable to others then there is a problem. After reading this Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ vocabulary you'll be confident enough to ask polite questions about gender and sexuality and informed enough to understand the answers.
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Chris spent much of his young life in a religious environment with a negative view of gays, lesbians, and others who fell under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. As he grew up he became increasingly uncomfortable with those views and found that they were incompatible with the friendly relationships he developed with members of the queer community. Chris Bartlett founded and trademarked The Quick and Dirty Guide in 2016 after a debilitating injury left him only partially mobile for several months. During that time and his subsequent recovery he has become enthralled with the opportunities that self-publishing offers and hopes to connect with other passionate people who want to live their dreams. Chris spends his free time traveling, reading sci-fi, and working out. He is passionate about understanding other people and cultures, ketogenic diets, and physical fitness. He wants desperately for everyone to realize just how small their individual perception of the world is and to accept that we have to listen to others to grow as a people. Chris currently lives in Colorado with a Chihuahua named Sophia.
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