YOURS IN LIBERATION: The Queer Life of Trans Pioneer Lou Sullivan
BY BRICE D. SMITH
In this compelling biography, Brice D. Smith illuminates the richness and complexity of LGBT history by reclaiming one of its most significant – and overlooked – historical figures. Female-born Lou Sullivan identified as a gay man when little was known about transgender people and gay FTMs (female-to-males) supposedly did not exist. A gay liberation veteran, casualty of the AIDS crisis, and founder of the transgender movement, Lou Sullivan unapologetically lived his truth and dedicated his life to helping others do the same. A tale of triumph and transgression, Yours in Liberation revolutionizes our understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation by contextualizing the tremendous social, medical, and personal obstacles Lou Sullivan overcame to embody his identity. This powerful narrative demonstrates why Lou Sullivan’s life and work continue to inspire us to live with integrity, embrace our authentic selves, and devote our lives to liberating one another.