Queer destabilises everything around it, laughs until all that is set becomes disrupted. It is a political force, an identity, a blurring of fixed lines, of ideals, of hierarchies – a way of seeing the world and seeing yourself. It is big and complex and messy and joyous. It is a personal identity, an insult remoulded, an idea moving in relation to whatever is considered ‘normal’. It’s fun, sexy, present and – revolutionary.


It could express a person’s sexual, gender, political or social identity. As a gender-queer person I would use it to describe all of those things. Not in a ‘I’m living in Peckham and I’m totally fluid’ kind of way (I do live in Peckham and I do describe myself as fluid…), BUT also a way which is like waking up and feeling, genuinely, like a guy, or like a mix, even though my body looks more female. I feel comfy in the word queer, there’s room to manoeuvre, to spread out, to backtrack and change.


I run Milk Presents with Ruby Glaskin and Adam Robertson and we’ve put together a queer reading list to alongside Taylor Mac’s Hir. Have we read them all? No. We’re working on it! We put out a call out and asked as many people as we could to contribute and here’s the list so far. Feel free to tweet over suggestions to @milkpresents or @bushtheatre and we’ll add them on.

Leo Skilbeck x









Issue #1 of Working Class Queers debuted at Queer Zine Fest London 2013 and is available in hard copy for £2.00 (postage included). Paypal money (and include yr address) to charlotte.richardson.andrews@gmail.com


Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois- Brown Boi Project

Mixed Up!: A Zine About Mixed and Queer Feminist Experience by Lil Lefkowitz, Lee Naught & Lior Hadar (2013)

Graphic Novel

Fun Home- Alison Bechdal

The Wicked + The Divine, Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowle



Devamitra – confessions of a transvestite Buddhist

Close To The Knives – David Wojnarowicz.

The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry

The Velvet rage – Alan Downs

Oh Joy Sex Toy – Erika Moen

101 alternatives to suicide by Kate Bornstein

Redefining Realness – A Trans Girl’s Memoir | Janet Mock

Elephant Mag https://elephantmag.com/product/elephant-31-summer-2017/


riki wilchins queer theory: An Instant Primer gender theory

Performance in America: Contemporary U.S. Culture And The Performing Arts (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe)

In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (Sexual Cultures) Jack Halberstam

Trans: A Quick and Quirky Accounts of Gender Variability – Jack Halberstam

The Queer Art of Failure Jack Halberstam

Queering the Renaissance Jonathan Goldberg

ASC Queer Theory: Disidentifications by Jose Muñoz

Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity Book – José Esteban Muñoz

An archive of feelings – Ann Cvetkovich

Feeling Backward – Heather Love


Testo Junkie – Paul Preciado


Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Cool For You – Eileen Myles

The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson

The Well of Loneliness – Radcliffe Hall

Carol by Patricia Highsmith

Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

(Re)sisters published by For Books Sake

Skin Lane – Neil Bartlett

Don’t Let Him Know – Sandip Roy

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Mundo Cruel: Stories by Luis Negrón

Tipping the Velvet, – book/play  Sarah Waters

The Female Man – Joanna Russ


Kim Reaper – Sarah Graley


Transgender Step Parent – Mama Lips – BlackLodge Press

Rat Queens

Paper Girls



Fun Home- Alison Bechdal

Some Explicit Polaroids- Mark Ravenhill

Pronoun – Evan Placey

Angels in America – Tony Kushner.

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Read a F*cking Zine: 50 Zines by Queer People of Color