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Sweeter Voices Still

Sweeter Voices Still

An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America

Ryan Schuessler, Kevin Whiteneir Jr. || Paperback || 9781948742818

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The middle of America―the Midwest, Appalachia, the Rust Belt, the Great Plains, the Upper South―is a queer place, and it always has been. The queer people of its cities, farms, and suburbs do not exist only to serve as “blue dots” within “red states.” Every story about the kid from Iowa who steps off the bus in Manhattan, ready to “finally” live, is a story about the kid who was already living in Iowa. Sweeter Voices Still is about that kid and has been written by people like them. This collection features queer voices you might recognize―established and successful writers and thinkers―and others you might not―people who don’t think of themselves as writers at all. You'll find these truths within these pages: Transgender women and men are women and men, “they” and “them” can be singular pronouns, Black lives matter, sex work is work, and you don’t have to go to a gay bar to be gay―and it’s okay if you do, too. You’ll find sex, love, and heartbreak and all the beings we meet along the way: trees, deer, cicadas, sturgeon. Most of all, you'll find real people.

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About the Author

Ryan Schuessler: I am a writer, editor, journalist, and humanities professional working at the intersection of storytelling, identity, history, current events, and more. For nearly a decade I have made a career out of helping people tell their own stories and find their own voice. This work has taken me across the country and world, but I will always be a proud Midwesterner at heart (excuse me while I scooch right past ya).

Kevin Whiteneir Jr: Kevin Whiteneir, Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian. He holds a master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Anthropology from Ripon College. He lives in Chicago.