Marsha P. Johnson, Keith Haring, Harvey Milk, Audre Lorde, Peter Tatchell, RuPaul... the names of pioneers and trailblazers who have advanced the LGBT cause and helped bring about new human rights.
This book pays tribute in 50 portraits to the activists, personalities, writers and artists who have advanced the LGBT movement and celebrates those who have fought and are fighting every day to create a more inclusive and tolerant world.
To coincide with a new touring exhibition of Florent Manelli's artworks.PROFILES
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987)
Alan Turing (1912 - 1954)
Tom of Finland (1920 - 1991)
Edith Windsor (1929 - 2017)
Harvey Milk (1930 - 1978)
Barbara Gittings (1932 - 2007)
Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992)
Renée Richards (1934 - present)
Nancy Cárdenas (1934 - 1994)
Larry Kramer (1935 - 2020)
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (1940 - present)
Craig Rodwell (1940 - 1993)
Armistead Maupin (1944 - present)
Marsha P. Johnson (1945 - 1992)
Brenda Howard (1946 - 2005)
Jean Le Bitoux (1948 - 2010)
Pedro Almodóvar (1949 - present)
Michael Cashman (1950 - present)
Sylvia Rivera (1951 - 2002)
Peter Tatchell (1952 - present)
Judith Butler (1956 - present)
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera (1956 - present)
Martina Navratilova (1956 - present)
Simon Nkoli (1957 - 1998)
Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)
Chi Chia-wei (1958 - present)
Mark Ashton (1960 - 1987)
RuPaul (1960 - present)
Mary Bonauto (1961 - present)
Manvendra Singh Gohil (1965 - present)
Hida Viloria (1968 - present)
Bamby Salcedo (1969 - present)
Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah (1974 - present)
Xulhaz Mannan (1976 - 2016)
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed (1977 - present)
Nikolai Alekseev (1977 - present)
Yelena Grigoryeva (1979 - 2019)
Xiaogang Wei (1976 - present)
Georges Azzi (1979 - present)
Marielle Franco (1979 - 2018)
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (1980 - present)
David Jay (1982 - present)
Linda Baumann (1982 - present)
Megan Rapinoe (1985 - present)
Elliot Page (1987 - present)
Hanne Gaby Odiele (1988 - present)
Olly Alexander (1990 - present)
Hande Kader (1993 - 2016)
Bouhdid Belhadi (1993 - present)
Aaron Rose Philip (2001 - present)
"From Marsha P. Johnson to Hanne Gaby Odiele (and yes, I chose to end with the Belgian personality of the book!), the author puts women, men and others at the heart of the LGBT+ cause, showing in passing that there is not only one way to be militant and that the path to a more inclusive world can take many directions.
Biographical directories are non-fiction books that I particularly like. I'm more of a fictional reader, so being able to inform myself through a book that allows for browsing is what suits me best. Each portrait is an opportunity to discover a part of LGBTQI+ history and the issues facing the people concerned.
The graphic beauty of the book makes you want to come back to it regularly, and I particularly appreciate the diversity of the people represented, both in terms of gender identities and sexual orientations as well as ethnic origins.
It's an essential resource to discover queer culture in a short time, and, in the words of the author himself, "to celebrate the courage, the beauty of being and the rage to live by being oneself".
--The Literary Blog
"A wonderful way to learn more about living LGBT+ history through the people who peacefully challenge the world to be more inclusive and above all, happier." --Tony Malone "Writer of 'Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: The Practical Guide'"
Review NetGalley ****
--Victoria Lloyd, bookseller "Netgalley"
Review NetGalley ****--Chastity Tarantino, Bookseller "Netgalley"
Review NetGalley ****--Theo W, reviewer "Netgalley"