Pride and prejudice: the best books to help with coming out

An exquisite kiss from Virginia Woolf, hot skin from Carol Ann Duffy Charlotte Mendelson picks books to inspire LGBTQ readers Everyone needs books, particularly the newly gay. Books make us feel less alone, and there is nothing more strengthening than reflections of our own complicated selves. Yet most of the best books that might help with coming out are simply about the private yearnings we try to hide. Bookshops rainbow-jacketed YA fiction displays will change young lives; thank God for that. But all over the world there are women and men to whom exposure would mean imprisonment, disaster. For them, and all those who arent riotously born that way, great coming out books are often those whose protagonists come out …

‘We’re afraid’: the queer Brazilian sex artists targeted by Bolsonaro

After the far-right president tweeted a video of their transgressive street performance, the two queer artists fled So Paulo but now theyre pushing back Queer people have been afraid since the president was elected, says Paulx Castello. He has been demonising us from the start but this was different. Here we were personally under attack. The artist, who has a mohican, is now instantly recognisable to most Brazilians. In March, he featured in plunged the country into a culture war. Numerous art exhibitions and theatre performances, many with queer themes, have been forced to close, either through direct political interference or from concerns about the safety of performers. Most recently, a show featuring nudity by the Rio de Janeiro collective …

Madonna gives rousing speech on why she fought for change at Glaad awards

Pop icon accepted the advocate for change award and gave both a playful and emotional speech, bringing the audience to its feet LGBT equality. Why have I always fought for change? Thats a hard question to answer. Its like trying to explain the importance of reading or the need to love. Growing up I always felt like an outsider, like I didnt fit in. It wasnt because I didnt shave under my armpits, I just didnt fit in, OK? she said. The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn. He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me, that made me feel special as a dancer, as an …

Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has written the best political autobiography since Barack Obama Imagine waking up on 4 November 2020 to discover America has elected has never slept with a porn star, and who married the very first person he fell in love with. And imagine this is someone whose spouse just happens to be a man which, as Stephen Colbert pointed out Barack Obamas Dreams from My Father. Buttigieg is the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Brimming with midwestern authenticity, he captured a large portion of CNNs audience earlier this month in his first threshold of 65,000 individual donors which governs qualification for the forthcoming debates. The son of a Notre Dame professor whose family …