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Order from Lark & Owl and receive a copy with a special limited edition book jacket. Available March 28, 2023.

Rainbow History Class is your entry into LGBTQ+ history, sharing queer and trans stories from Ancient civilizations all the way up to the internet.

So much of queer and trans history and culture has been erased, but Hannah McElhinney, writer and creator of Rainbow History Class (as seen on TikTok), is here to help us all with this crash course. This history lesson isn’t dry and academic, nor is it glitter-soaked and reductive. It’s a comprehensive and entertaining romp through queer and trans history, full of secret queer codes, gender-bending icons, pop-culture knowledge and incredible activists.

More than anything, Rainbow History Class will make you feel connected to the stories of our rich and vibrant community. This knowledge will help spark conversations between your friends and family and be a source of comfort as you stand up for yourself and your community. This illustrated hardback book is a celebration for all LGBTQ+ people, and an invitation to the newly out that says, ‘Welcome to the club, let’s get you caught up!’

“The idea for the safe space dust jacket came from the influx of anti-LGBTQ+ laws being introduced across the US. These laws are attacking LGBTQ+ people as well as our books under the guise ‘protecting children’. I didn’t want those who are not able to be open about their sexuality or gender identity to miss out on learning their history due to feeling unsafe with a book like this in their bag or on their shelf. Throughout history, we’ve found ways to connect, share stories and keep our culture alive in secret using codes and symbols. I hope this dust jacket works in the same way and acts as a reminder that our identities as queer and trans people are no less real or valid when we need to remain undercover.”  —Hannah McElhinney, author of Rainbow History Class

Check out Rainbow History Class at their website now.