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The very medium of the autobiography infuriates me. Not quite a memoir, the author retreads his or her life with, at best, a sequential recount of old conflicts culminating in a hazy cloud of experience that condensates into something resembling a worldview. At their worst, they are little more ego-masturbation exercises designed as expensive paperweights. However, I put my reservations aside once I saw that one of my few non-familial heroes had recently released one of his own. Considering how much I have jawed about how much the music of Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar) has meant and continues to hold meaning for me, I was compelled to suspend by frustrations with the genre to learn more about this man. At a minimum, I wanted to learn more about what caused Bob to write music that has saved my life and touched countless others. At best, I hoped to construct a full picture of a man who overcame a violent childhood and his inner demons to tour the world and remain a visible figure in both the music and GLBTQ communities at large. Nervous, I opened the cover with a glass of tea and braced myself for the worst.
What goes into making a Top 10 List of the best LGBT book characters? Plenty of you are probably surprised that we didn’t include Dumbledore (as well as plenty of other notable LGBT characters like […]
1. Liir Thropp – Son of a Witch Perhaps one of the most interesting re-imaginings of a beloved story, the Wicked series takes a fresh look at the social and political climate of the Land […]
2. Beebo Brinker – The Beebo Brinker Chronicles Pulp fiction often touched on lesbian themes but typically followed the standard formula of nice girl has a nice guy, nice girl gets seduced by a wicked […]
3. Lestat de Lioncourt – The Vampire Chronicles Forget the sparkle. When you want a real vampire, you turn to Lestat. Long considered one of the sexiest characters in fiction, Lestat is memorable for a […]
4. Lady Orlando – Orlando, A Biography Being a little mad certainly has its perks. It’s probably how, in the year of 1928, Virginia Woolf managed to publish Orlando, A Biography, which is a fictional […]
5. Thom Creed – Hero The amount of LGBT fiction which is targeted toward young adults always seems surprising at first, although when you stop to think, it actually makes a lot of sense. The […]