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Summary

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020 

Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced?

Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer in 2019. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the listener on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey’s underground LGBTQ+ scene and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.

©2019 Amelia Abraham (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"Eloquent, empathetic and passionate, this book will not just resonate with a new generation of queer people, but with all those who seek to be their allies. A brilliant book." (Owen Jones) 

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such a captivating listen. so insightful and honest. I can't wait to listen to 'we can do better'. Thank you Amelia.

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Some very interesting questions, but a lot of very questionable opinions stated as facts. Maybe that's a good thing - to be thought provoking? the ultimate summary that queer rights activists have been fighting for the right to be both the same AND different depending on choice seems sound.