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Pride and Joy - LGBTQ Artists Icons and Everyday Heroes - cover

Pride and Joy - LGBTQ Artists Icons and Everyday Heroes

Kathleen Archambeau

Publisher: Mango Media

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A collection sharing stories of success, happiness, and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community. 
 
In Pride and Joy, award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ+ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse queer voices around the world. Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling, and successful lives. 
 
Inside, learn why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice, why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother, and also how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco’s life and how Ugandan activist “LongJones” escaped death threats and gained asylum. 
 
But you will also see other stories, like the bravery of a Uruguayan author who was rejected by her immediate family even as she began a family of her own. Be inspired by the audacity to fight for justice that motivates National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, a Mormon who grew up in Utah. Learn how two couples transcend time and distance to finally be together and how one NBA sports executive summoned the courage to come out. Discover the message of love from the first openly lesbian United Methodist Church Bishop. Learn the secrets of a successful, out IBM executive based in London and the rewards of Ballroom Basix founder in Harlem. See how the Maori philosophy of whanau guided the MP who won marriage rights in New Zealand and how high expectations overcame disability and bullying for an acclaimed mezzo-soprano. Meet the professional violinist and composer impacted by family tensions and the Armenian Genocide. Read about the ballroom dancers and Hungarian activists on neo-Nazi “hit lists.” 
 
Pride & Joy shows why there is hope it gets better for everyone in the queer community, including:The transgender choreographer and dancer who continues to break rules and enlighten audiencesThe Dutch singer, songwriter and independent theater producer who breaks down stereotypesThe founder of an award-winning smoking cessation programThe California political director of the Obama re-election campaignThe Russian émigré award-winning computer scientist and the Chinese folk dancer
Available since: 06/22/2017.
Print length: 249 pages.

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