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“The tone is positive and, appropriately enough, proud.”

— Booklist

“Varied poetry styles . . . provide the impression of a tapestry, weaving together different moments of a movement in evolution. An acutely distilled and vibrant compilation of LGBTQ+ heroes.”

— Kirkus

Featuring Poems About:

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin

José Sarria

Bayard Rustin

Ernestine Eckstein

Stormé DeLaverie

Marsha P. Johnson

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker

Harvey Milk

Gilbert Baker

Cleve Jones

Pauline Park

Richard Blanco

Jeff Tiller and Aditi Hardikar

Pete Buttigieg

Poetry Forms Used Include:




Rhyming Couplets


Free Verse


Duet (or Poem for Two Voices)

Poem of Address


Question Poem

Found Poem

Queer and Fearless:

Poems Celebrating the Lives of LGBTQ+ Heroes

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Harry Woodgate

Penguin Workshop

April 16, 2024

ISBN-10: ‎ 0593523695

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0593523698

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Learn about the lives of some of the most important LGBTQ+ heroes in this unique picture book that combines poetry and biographical information to honor those at the forefront of LGBTQ+ history.


Young readers will learn about the lives and legacies of seventeen heroes of the queer community from both past and present. Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones, Pauline Park, Richard Blanco, and Pete Buttigieg are just a few of the iconic figures represented in this wonderfully designed and colorful picture book with illustrations by Harry Woodgate. A perfect introduction to the people who have stood up for what they believed in, lived lives according to their own ideals, and their partners, friends, and allies, the poetry in this book provides great read-aloud potential sure to entertain and inform readers of all ages.


Extensive back matter includes: a glossary, definitions of poetry forms used in the collection, a note from the author, and a list for further reading.

Queer and Fearless - interior spread
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