50 Lgbtqi+ Who Changed the World

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About the Author

Clare Summerskill is a stand-up, a writer, an actress, a singer-songwriter, an oral historian and an academic. Clare is a comedienne, a singer, and a writer and playwright, who creates verbatim theatre productions from interviews with people from marginalised communities. She is also a freelance academic and gained her doctorate from the Theatre Department at Royal Holloway University of London and she is co-founder of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group. Clare has been described by Radio 4 Women's Hour as"A Lesbian Victoria Wood!" and by What's On Magazine as "One of the funniest women in the country". Clare performs an original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs to mainly LGBTQ audiences up and down the country and also abroad and has even been known to make straight people chuckle just a little bit! She brings Dyke humour to the forefront of alternative comedy! For several years she has appeared on the LGBTQ comedy and cabaret circuit. She was once one half of the lesbian-themed double act ALICE AND CLARE (with Alice Arnold) and she has performed her one-woman shows at The Edinburgh Festival over many years. Clare also performs her stand-up and comedy songs as the entertainment for various AGMS and Conferences. These have included SPECTRUM (Home Office LGBT Staff), The DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, (LGBT Staff Group), OLDER LESBIAN NETWORK, CSI, ENFIELD HATE CRIME FORUM, KENRIC. As a writer for radio, Clare contributed to the last two series of Weekending on BBC RADIO 4. She also wrote for the BBC RADIO 2 women's comedy sketch show Heated Rollers and she both wrote for and appeared in the first-ever pilot for a Lesbian and Gay sketch show on Radio 4, So What If I Am?


"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"