Funny Gyal: My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

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5.43 X 8.58 X 0.94 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Angeline Jackson is an LGBTQ human rights activist, an HIV/AIDS educator, and the former executive director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica. In 2015, President Barack Obama recognized Angeline as one of Jamaica's remarkable young leaders at the Town Hall for Youth in Kingston, Jamaica. Angeline participated in a U.S. Senate briefing panel on LGBT rights in 2014 and attended the first White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights. She lives in Jamaica.

Susan McClelland is a non-fiction writer who has received a number of national and international awards. Her first book, Bite of the Mango, is the true story of a young Sierra Leonean victim of war and has been published in more than twenty countries. She is a former staff writer at Maclean's and has written for the Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, Ms Magazine, the Guardian, the Walrus, Chatelaine, and more. Susan splits her time between Toronto and Dumfries-Galloway in Scotland.


Angeline's account is a testimony to what can be achieved with the conviction that obstacles can be overcome, no matter the size and intensity of the odds.-- "Yvonne McCalla Sobers, educator, author, and human rights advocate"

Writing your story is a great step in documenting the heroic journey of life as a proud Jamaican Lesbian. Angeline's story is unique but yet has the power to break barriers for many who may feel that they don't have a voice. Living authentically queer under the rubrics of patriarchy, toxic masculinity, misogyny and religious violence is not an easy feat. I am particularly moved by her consistency, resistance and ability to reconcile and claim back her Christian faith regardless of the trauma.

-- "Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder & CEO House Of Rainbow"
Readers with similar struggles will find encouragement and comfort in these pages...Searing, tender, and beautifully written.-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Funny Gyal: My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica is a very brave and commendable book. Corrective rape is very rampant in our communities. It's despicable that this is still happening in 2022. We have been raised with strict Christian morals that denigrate us as people and the book brings this out clearly.

-- "Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Ugandan activist"

Angeline's life as an out and proud Jamaican woman is an inspiration to us all. I hope that young people everywhere are able to read this book and discover that they can be their authentic selves. I wish my son Matthew had had the chance to meet Angeline. I'm sure the two of them would have related to each other's struggles and triumphs.

-- "Judy Shepard, author of The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie"
Human rights and LGBTQ activist Jackson holds nothing back in this raw, inspiring memoir.-- "Booklist"