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The Queens' English

Chloe O. Davis

Warwick’s presents
Chloe O. Davis
in conversation with Hanna Markham

The Queens' English

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

The Queens' English
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On Thursday, July 29th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Chloe O. Davis as she discusses her new book, The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases, in conversation with Hanna Markham. Chloe O. Davis is a debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community. Davis's work as a dancer, actor, and creative has allowed her to travel to all fifty states and internationally where she has spent fifteen years researching, writing and creating The Queens' English.

Do you know where “yaaaas queen!” comes from? Do you know the difference between a bear and a wolf? Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for?

The Queens’ English is a comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, from terms influenced by celebrated lesbian poet Sappho and from New York’s underground queer ball culture in the 1980s to today’s celebration of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The glossary of terms is supported by full-color illustrations and photography throughout, as well as real-life usage examples for those who don’t quite know how to use “kiki,” “polysexual,” or “transmasculine” in a sentence. A series of educational lessons highlight key people and events that shaped queer language; readers will learn the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

For every queen in your life–the men, women, gender non-conforming femmes, butches, daddies, and zaddies–The Queens’ English is at once an education and a celebration of queer history, identity, and the limitless imagination of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Hanna Markham is a graduate student at California State University, Fullerton majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Entertainment & Tourism. She received her B.A. in Media Studies at California State University San Marcos with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. Her long term career goals are to enter the music industry to put her vast education to use in helping musicians build their audience through marketing, communication, and overall social media presence. She was born into a military family where she was raised primarily in San Diego, CA. She identifies as a proud gay woman and is passionate about LGBTQIA+ representation in all areas of life and this has been a primary research topic in her academic endeavors.

The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases By Chloe O. Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593135006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - February 2nd, 2021