As you know, I have been trying this new thing for me where I tell you about a book I loved and share a free ebook link to that book if possible.
What I picked this novel?
The best way I can describe this book is a handbook about life by LGBT+ people. I also think it’s a way for the past to meet the present and the future since all the people interviewed come from different backgrounds and lived events uniquely to them. I think that LGBT+ allies can take something from this book too.
Once upon a time, nearly thirty years ago, I embarked on a daring trip. I joined an expedition of seventy-five people traveling by jeep and motorcycle from Portugal, in southern Europe, to the country of Angola in southern Africa, a distance of around forty-two hundred miles. After months of planning and preparation, vaccinations, and obtaining visas for thirteen countries, we set out in April 1992. But just after we’d crossed the border from Algeria into Mali on the southern flank of the Sahara Desert, our trip took a very bad turn. As we drove through a narrow valley with sandy hills on either side, six men emerged from the scrub brush, their faces wrapped in scarves, and raised Kalashnikov submachine guns over their heads. They stopped us in our tracks, and over the next hour, they went from jeep to jeep, stripping us of cash, cameras, and anything else they wanted. Meanwhile, other people came and started driving our jeeps away.
Meet the leaders and activists on the front lines of the LGBTQ movement, from the 1960’s to the present, through stunning interviews and compelling black and white photographs compiled and presented by OUTWORDS, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the stories of LGBTQ people.
The 75 individuals featured in THE BOOK OF PRIDE—including marriage pioneer Evan Wolfson, trans icon Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Stonewall-era rabblerouser Mark Segal and legendary anti-DADT activist Grethe Cammermeyer—fought battles frequently under the threat of violence and persecution.
By capturing these accounts, we honor an important chapter in American history and ensure that the story of the LGBTQ community is safeguarded for generations to come. The brave and determined activists celebrated in THE BOOK OF PRIDE inspire each of us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, and to do so with great pride.
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