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  • Writer's pictureKhushi Giri

BookishNatalia || GenderQueer

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

Bookseller || Reader || Queer 

Natalia, a bookseller at an independent bookstore in the Netherlands who runs a Bookstagram page called BookishNatalia where she posts about her read and unread (overflowing list) books and makes friends to discuss books and more.

She found books to be her portal to know other people’s stories and to find like-minded characters and authors alongside discovering stories unlike hers which are different yet important. She often relates to the book, the perks of being a wallflower.

She recommends reading books and watching movies to understand the community, but also to be critical of the reading/viewing material. She says books tend to have a more nuanced tone and reflection of queer experience as opposed to movies.

She recommends:

- Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

- Pose (Netflix)

- The death and life of Marsha P.Johnson (Netflix)

About the book-

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe:

This comic starts with the protagonist, a kid with eir family in California and it took me a lot of going back and forth to trying to understand that which comic illustration was the protagonist for e were trying to understand eir body and feelings and figure out which gender were e inclining towards.

To be honest, this is the first time that I heard of e, eir, and em. I always thought that there was he, she, and they but I was so wrong and I hope that I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings or ill treat by wrongly addressing the person. I could see how the protagonist felt when it was to em and it would have been a tough time cause you don’t want to always confront the person in front of you and explain about why you chose and all.

It is a beautifully illustrated comic which doubles as a guide/ educating comic about an evolution of a girl battling with eir identity and feeling closeted but not knowing where to go and who to talk with and figure it out but as the story proceeds and e grew up and found more people in the community and discovered a life for emselves where e doesn’t have to feel closeted or feel someone e are not.

I really hope that my use for e, eir, and em is proper and if not, please hit me up and educate me about Gender Non-binary community if I have got it wrong. I would want to be respectful to everyone’s preferred pronouns.


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