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October's Selection

Washington's Gay General: The Legends and Loves of Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings!

As vital as heavy, peer-reviewed tomes on our shared past may be, there is danger in treating queer history as the sole domain of scholars and academics—and this month’s pick is revolutionary (pun intended!) because it does just the opposite. In just under 200 lovingly rendered pages, comic book writer Josh Trujillo and illustrator Levi Hastings adeptly unearth the story of Baron von Stueben: an exacting military mastermind responsible for much of America’s Revolutionary War strategy, a significant historical figure who has long been shrouded in mystery and legend, and an exuberant homosexual who lived and loved openly more than 200 years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Gays do love gossip, and this exciting new release is as much a cultural history of the hearsay that sprung up around the titular character as it is a biographical deep-dive into his lasting impact on the American military and the many queer relationships that came and went along the way. Framed by Trujillo and Hastings’ own experiences as queer men fighting to recover this undertold chapter of American national history, Washington’s Gay General underscores through its creative, engaging form and its carefully crafted contents the transformative power of making queer history accessible to all.

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