Jack Guinness explains how and why you should immerse yourself in Queer Culture in this Pride
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“So many strange people have shaped and influenced so many of the people I am today. We are on the shoulders of giants. ”
The words of Jack Guinness
It’s all about queer culture, whether you realize it or not, and I’m not alone
Drag Race slowly taking over the world.
It has shaped our culture and history: the music we dance to, the sports we watch, the books we read, the clothes we wear! However, for too long, LGBQT + stories have been hidden, for the safety of people, or forcibly deleted. Just look at how the national hero Alan Turing was treated, until recently his legacy, cleanly cleansed.
It gives me great joy to watch projects like a TV show Mr. Jack revealed Anne Lister’s hidden lesbian story, or Pose Teach the younger generation the story of the struggles and victories of the Black, Latinx, gay and Trans communities during the AIDS crisis.
Queer Bible it’s about bringing these stories to light.
The book includes essays written by my weird heroes who changed their lives: celebrities like George Michael to unknown heroes like the Pidgeon Pagonis intersex campaign (did you know that there are intersex people like redheads in the world ?? I didn’t!).
I come Queer Bible as someone who wants to learn more about the history of my community, to get to know people who are different from me, and to explore what we have in common. Not only do queer people want to survive, they want me to move forward, knowing that they are taking the boldest, toughest, and most inspiring steps to walk the face of the planet.
The person I am today has shaped and influenced so many hero queer. The soundtrack of my life has been a queer culture: laughter with my first gay best friend Kele, calmness in James Baldwin’s writings, Walt Whitman’s magic words flew me, Bronski Beat shed tears, Audre Lord gave me strength, I sang karaoke . I worshiped George Michael’s ‘Freedom’, the stars of ‘Paris Is Burning’, which I drank with Drag Queens at the age of eighteen when I fled to New York until the sun shone.
In these politically unstable times, LGBTQIA rights are under threat around the world
celebrating the book and queer culture couldn’t be more necessary: connecting through our shared history and allowing people to tell their stories with their voices.
I saw it from the beginning Queer Bible as a platform to raise, celebrate and enhance the voices of our community. Also, the most important thing is a celebration! These stories will make you want to hear, dance and dance to your favorite weird melodies! Pride began as a protest, but it is also a celebration of silence.
I am very happy that this collection is not being given the attention or recognition that our community members deserve so much. I look forward to the bunch of voices, multiple stories, and shared memories that speak to the richness and diversity of our queer world community. We are on the shoulders of giants.
IMMERSE THIS PRIDE IN QUEER CULTURE:
First of all, here are some of my favorite LGBTQ + books:
Orlando Virginia Woolf – anticipating her time, gender, sexuality and
personal continuity over time. If you want to see the movie, Sally Potter’s version stars Tilda Swinton TitanicBilly Zane is a genius.
Velvet Rage By Alan Downs – This book saved my life. It examines how downs grow
the queer world of direct harms you and offers you a path to healing and self-acceptance.
Reading this book makes you a better person.
The Book of the Prophet’s Strange Prophets – A collection of Ruth Hunt’s reconciliation and struggle essays
with religion and sexuality.
Ni Elton John – Queer Bible Collaborator My Dream Comes True Marks His Epic Life
excellently written memory. THIS MAN IS ALIVE. A story about hiding from Andy Warhol
it exposed me a bit. Add to the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and
you have a living legend for yourself.
Go and visit your favorite place – help your local drag queens!
My favorite places are The Glory, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The Queen Of Adelaide.
I can’t wait to dance in a sweaty nightclub again.
See Strange Bible collaborator Mae Martin Feel good On Netflix – hilarious, relevant and brilliantly written. Plus, Lisa Kudrow has it … it doesn’t get any better!
QUEER BIBLEEdited by Jack Guinness, published hardcover on June 17,
eBook and audio download (HQ, £ 20)