Sarah Prager’s first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World came out from HarperCollins on May 23, 2017.

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Sarah delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.

About the Book

Queer, There, and Everywhere is widely critically acclaimed. Read all of the reviews and blurbs here. 

  • Accessible, irreverent, and meticulously researched, at times heartbreaking and just as often wildly funny, this stunningly diverse survey of queer histories is a nourishing and inspiring addition to our arsenal of queer possibilities. Should be required reading for all of us, queer or not.”

    Sarah McCarry, author of the LAMBDA Award-nominated ABOUT A GIRL
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere is so conversational, fast paced, and infused with pop culture sensibilities that it tricks you into forgetting it’s a series of (incredibly timely) biographies. An absolute must-read.”

    Meredith Russo, author of Stonewall Award-winner IF I WAS YOUR GIRL
  • “A lively and informative introduction to queer history.”

    Booklist
  • “Wow. It isn’t easy to tell stories from across time and space of lives we would now call queer. Much less in an I-can’t-put-this-book-down way. Sarah Prager has done it, showing us all how to ‘live bravely.’”

    Leila J. Rupp, author of SAPPHISTRIES: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF LOVE BETWEEN WOMEN, co-editor of UNDERSTANDING AND TEACHING LGBT HISTORY, and professor at UC Santa Barbara
  • “The book’s tone is chatty, vivid, and informative, and it reminds readers that the human spectrum of sexuality and gender is not a modern invention.”

    Boston Globe
  • “Written with a pop culture sensibility that will appeal to teen readers, the collection is a fascinating look at history through a different lens than what most history books provide. […] But don’t let her breezy style make you doubt Prager’s seriousness as a researcher. She has dug deep into the history vaults for biographical information, and includes quotes from letters and interviews, as evidenced in her extensive bibliography and notes section. [...] Hurray for Sarah Prager’s own splendid contribution to queer history!”

    Shelf Awareness, starred review
  • An amazing and amusing journey through history [...] with fascinating facts, cool illustrations, and a pop culture vibe, Queer, There, and Everywhere really does make learning fun.

    The Advocate
  • “Written in a very conversational tone, this book is an important addition to library collections. Get this one up on your displays—there are plenty of teens who will be so glad to see a spotlight being shone on the important contributions of LGBTQIA+ people throughout history.”

    Teen Library Toolbox
  • "Sarah Prager does the impossible: she takes several millennia of complicated history and makes it accessible and fun for young readers. Prager [...] mixes light-hearted humor with impeccable scholarship so that the reader keeps turning the page to see 'what’s next.'"

    Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN, and Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education, and author of BECOMING VISIBLE: A READ IN GAY AND LESBIAN HISTORY FOR HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
  • “One of my favorite books of the year.”

    Eric Smith, Book Riot
  • “Presented in a breezy, conversational tone that will engage teens and make them laugh.… Should be placed in the hands of every LGBTQ teen so they’ll know that not only are they not alone, but they have a rich and diverse history–as well as the straight ones who should know that history too.”

    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • “Well written, timely, and interesting; the profiles include a thoughtful, varied mix of queer historical figures .... Prager has captured moments from thousands of years of queer history-making in a captivating, illuminating read.”

    Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
  • A rich exploration of gender identity and sexuality across time and nation, […] offer[ing] strong insight into the lives of individuals who broke barriers or simply lived life on their own terms.”

    Publisher's Weekly, starred review

The book is a:

  • Recipient of three starred reviews including a Kirkus Star
  • Official 2017 selection of the Junior Library Guild
  • #1 Amazon bestseller in the LGBT Issues category
  • 2017 “Best Books for Teens” by New York Public Library
  • “Best Teen Nonfiction of 2017” by Chicago Public Library
  • Nominee for a 2017 New England Book Award

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