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Biography History Journal/Diary Nonfiction

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961-1991

By Lou Sullivan; edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, 2019

We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan narrates the inner life of a gay trans man moving through the shifting social, political, and medical mores of the second half of the 20th century. Sullivan kept comprehensive journals from age eleven until his AIDS-related death at thirty-nine. Sensual, lascivious, challenging, quotidian and poetic, the diaries complicate and disrupt normative trans narratives. Entries from twenty-four diaries reveal Sullivan’s self-articulation and the complexity of a fascinating and courageous figure.

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