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Rožnate zgodbe. Iz neheteronormativne zgodovine (za mladino)

(Pink stories. From the non-heteronormative history [for young people])

Mozetič, Brane (text)
Šarić, Ana Lucija (illus.)
Ljubljana: Škuc, 2020. – 115 p.
(Series: Lambda; 149)
ISBN 978-961-6983-52-5

LGBTQ+  | Sexual identity  | History 5000 BC-2001

Reading age: 15+

White Ravens issue: 2021


In this chronologically arranged young adult book Brane Možetič casts a spotlight on historical persons whose life decisions and identities have led them to live outside today’s expectations of heteronormativity, thus representing the conceptions of LGBTQI+. He brings to light many hidden stories, beginning with examples from ancient cultures, such as from Egypt (Pharaoh Hatschepsut), classical Greece and the Roman Empire. Quotations and stories from Sappho’s poetry and the legendary tales of Gilgamesh are followed by stories about kings and queens, such as Kristina of Sweden or Ludwig II of Bavaria; the persecution of homosexuals during the time of National Socialism; and lesbian couples in the 20th century. The book ends with an overview of the rise of the pride movement in Slovenia. There are many illuminating examples and unknown facts to be found in the eight chapters of “Pink stories”. Taken together they form a complex mosaic that is the history of queer life. [KW]