Olly Alexander, Pabllo Vittar and Drag Race icon Peppermint among queer voices in hopeful new book
Olly Alexander, Pabllo Vittar and Drag Race royalty Peppermint are among the queer voices contributing to a new LGBT+ book.
Entitled We Can Do Better Than This, it will feature 35 prominent LGBT+ voices who will share their stories and visions for the future.
The book, which is now available to from Bookshop.org hopes to be a “passionate call to action, a practical roadmap for the future and an important manifesto for how every person can start to do better”.
It will also create a guide to understanding the crucial issues facing LGBT+ people today as the book highlights the UK to USA and Russia to Bangladesh and beyond.
This will all take place through a series of stories and provocative new arguments on safety and visibility, dating and gender and care and community through each of the 35 voices.
Other names who will contribute to the book include JW Anderson, Beth Ditto, Mykki Blanco, Owen Jones, Shon Faye, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Riyadh Khalaf and Shura.
The synopsis reads: “We talk about achieving ‘LGBTQ+ equality’, but around the world, LGBTQ+ people are still suffering discrimination and extreme violence. How do we solve this urgent problem, allowing queer people everywhere the opportunity to thrive?
“In We Can Do Better Than This, 35 voices explore this question and they map new global frontiers in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.”
Each contributor will discuss a different topic, with Olly Alexander championing inclusive sex education in schools, singer Beth Ditto calling for a revolution in representation, rapper Mykki Blanco setting out a vision to end HIV stigma and journalist Owen Jones demanding improved LGBT+ mental health services.
Other confirmed writings include drag star Pabllo Vittar pleading for the end of hate murders and performance artist Travis Alabanza imagining a world without gender policing, while it will be edited by journalist and author Amelia Abraham.
We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights is due for release on 3 June and can pre-ordered for £12.99 from foyles.co.uk.
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