Gender Pioneers: A Celebration of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex Icons – ARC Review

Title: Gender Pioneers: A Celebration of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex Icons
Author: Philippa Punchard
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age: YA to Adult
Publication Date: April 21, 2021
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


This inspiring collection of illustrated portraits celebrates the lives of influential transgender, non-binary and intersex figures both past and present.

Showcasing the diversity of gender identities and expressions that have existed in all cultures throughout history alongside developments from recent years, the extraordinary stories in this book highlight the achievements and legacies of those who have fought to be themselves, whatever their gender. From activists, soldiers and historical leaders through to musicians, actors and global superstars, this book explores the life and times of over a hundred trans and intersex trailblazers in their fight for equality, acceptance and change.

Poignant, educational and empowering, these are the gender pioneers everyone needs to know about.

Thank you to NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for an eARC of this book.

To start off I will say that I don’t really read non-fiction. It’s not something that my brain can handle all the time and I don’t often find non-fiction books I’m interested in, however this one seemed really interested and I loved the idea of reading about historical figures who were trans, non-binary, or intersex.

I thought that this was a really interesting introduction to trans, non-binary, and intersex people from history. The book is comprised of short, 3 to 4 paragraph, long summaries of the life of a gender non-conforming historical figure and what they did, accompanied by an illustration of that person. It was like a very quick tour of a lot of historical figures.

I think this is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about historical figures, wanting to discover people they’ve never heard of before, or who are just interested in trans, non-binary, and intersex figures throughout history. For me, I wished that there was more detailed information about each individual rather than just a very short overview. I would have loved detailed accounts or in depth information about these people, their lives, what they did. I can understand that it would be hard to discuss the sheer number of people if the information was longer, but personal it would have interested me more to have more detailed information about the individuals featured in the book.

I definitely think this would be a great read and introduction to trans, non-binary, and intersex people. I think anyone interested in queer history or historical figures would enjoy it!

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