Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History (Hardcover)

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution!: The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made LGBTQ+ History By Joy Ellison, Teshika Silver (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joy Ellison, Teshika Silver (Illustrator)
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“It makes me feel so good that we are starting to see LGBTQ history written for kids in so many different formats. While it’s simplified, this is a great starting point for younger kids to learn about two important icons in American LGBTQ history. I love the supplements in the back for kids to learn more and for parents to talk with their kids about what they read.”
— Cass Moskowitz, Books of Wonder, NEW YORK, NY


Someday girls like us will be able to wear whatever we want. People will call us by the names we choose. They'll respect that we are women. The cops will leave us alone and no one will go hungry.

Sylvia and Marsha are closer than sisters. They are kind and brave and not afraid to speak their truth, even when it makes other people angry.

This illustrated book introduces children to the story of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, the two transgender women of colour who helped kickstart the Stonewall Riots and dedicated their lives to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality. It introduces children to issues surrounding gender identity and diversity, accompanied by a reading guide and teaching materials to further the conversation.

About the Author

Joy Michael Ellison is a queer and non-binary trans writer, whose creative writing has appeared in publications including Columbus Alive, Lunch Ticket, the Baltimore Review, Story Club Magazine. They are a PhD candidate in Women's and Gender Studies at Ohio State University, where they are researching transgender history. Teshika Silver is a queer, Black illustrator and designer. She is also teaching artist and facilitator and strives to create cultural work that uplifts, heals and promotes the resilience of marginalised people. She lives in Chicago with her dog, Penny.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781787755307
ISBN-10: 1787755304
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date: November 19th, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English