Thoughts on LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present by Bizuayehu Castaniere, Kirsty Farrugia

I don’t know where to start and this book. If I had to describe this book in simple terms, I would say past and present honest LGBTIQ+ in Malta. Some parts of this book were written by people I know in real life. I wasn’t expecting to be affected by this book in quite this way. First of all, he gave me the book didn’t tell me that he took part in this book, so I wasn’t prepared read his words, and that felt like a punch in the gut, but in a good way. In every section, every person answered the same questions about the activism they do.

Each chapter starts with a little cartoon of the person, and under that, a quote or a say that they like for example Ludo Tolu says “ Kale keeps being eaten by caterpillars, and it keeps growing back, be as resilient as kale!”. My friend Alex Caruana, who is a trans man like me says “To exist is to resist.” These are quotes that will stay in my heart forever.

In a way, when reading this book, you’ll get to know the place where I belong with my LGBTIQ+ community and family. I don’t think I turned the pages of any book as much as this one. On the last page, I had to take a deep breath in and a deep breath out because it made me feel so many emotions. It brings you face to face to what the people had to go through to get people like me the rights that we have today in Malta. I gave this book a five of out five stars. In short, this book is full of passion.


LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present

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