Book Review: The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze by Morgan Potts

Note: This book was sent to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affects my opinion on this book or my review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Nonfiction; LGBT+

Format: eBook from NetGalley

Release Date: April 18, 2019


There can be confusion around the appropriate terminology for trans and queer identities, even within the trans community itself. As language is constantly evolving, it can be especially difficult to know what to say. As a thorough A-Z glossary of trans and queer words from ‘ace’ to ‘xe’, this dictionary guide will help to dispel the anxiety around using the “wrong” words, while explaining the weight of using certain labels and providing individuals with a vocabulary for personal identification.

Having correct and accurate terminology to describe oneself can be empowering, especially with words and phrases that describe gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, as well as slang relevant to LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination, queer activism, gender-affirming healthcare and psychology. Written in a traditional A-Z glossary style, this guide will serve as a quick reference for looking up individual words, as well as an in-depth look at trans history and culture.


  • Extremely informative.
  • Great format.
  • Wonderful selection of terms.
  • Hard truths are not overlooked.
  • Very accessible.


  • It could have been a tad less political.
  • Would translate better as a paperback.

My Thoughts: The plot and potential were there, but this book fell short for me. About half the book was missing — this was a seriously messed up Galley. So I don’t know if I even got the whole plot. I liked that we got into Jamie’s head, and I liked that they had an LGBT+ bestie to relate to, but a lot of this book just felt too easy to me. I did appreciate that not all of Jamie’s family accepted their identity, because as crappy as that is, it’s realistic, and I think that relatable books should also be realistic. I also really liked the format. All in all, this book was just okay to me. I would like to read more by this author though.

Morgan Potts

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