Seeing Gender shows how race, sexuality, and class interact with gender

Gender is an intensely personal, yet universal, facet of humanity. It has also been a journey for queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb, who visually explores gender in all of its complexities in her new book, Seeing Gender.

Using her vibrant, personal artistic style, Iris starts with engaging definitions of central concepts, then mines history and pop culture for the stories and people who have shaped the conversation on gender.


Looking through the lens of intersectionality, she explains how race, sexuality, and class interact with gender to determine our identity and experience.

Informed by Gottlieb’s personal experiences, this deeply researched and brilliantly rendered book demystifies this fluid topic at a critical time. For LGBTQ+ people, Seeing Gender offers a space for self-exploration, giving comfort, advice, and reassurance in the sometimes confusing process of navigating one’s identity. For allies, and educators this book is an essential tool for understanding and thoughtfully participating in this necessary cultural conversation.

Whatever one’s position, Seeing Gender is a must-read for curious people who are passionate about changing the way we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century.

Seeing Gender - An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb, foreword by Meredith Talusan will go on sale October 22, 2019 and is 8x10 in, 208 pages, full-color illustrations throughout for $27.50. Visit

About the Authors
Iris Gottlieb is an illustrator and author of Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe and Natural Attraction: A Field Guide to Friends, Frenemies, and Other Symbiotic Animal Relationships. Her favorite food is watermelon and greatest fear is internal parasites. She lives in Durham, NC with her dog, Bunny.

Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author, journalist, and contributing editor for them., a platform dedicated to celebrating inspiring voices, people, and stories in the LGBTQ+ community. They live in New York City.

About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit



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