February 2017 brought an educational LGBT History month and the second Lush Summit, in which Lush provided a platform in the form of a pop-up Queer Café; a place for queers and queer alliee share stories, start debates and conversations and act as a safe space to discover the campaigners and communities shaping the fight for equality.
Amongst exclusive pieces of art and films, workshops and talks we gathered an extensive collection of books, which we think should have happy homes on wonderfully full bookshelves and we’d like to suggest a small selection to you now!
Guapa by Saleem Haddad
Over 24 hours, Guapa guides you through the life of Rasa, a young Middle Eastern, gay identifying man living a life of secrecy from the world around him. More than just a gay story, the perspective of Rasa makes for a very real experience for people similar to him, in areas where freedom isn’t as accessible as we’d hope. Fast-paced and full of moments to pause, Guapa offers the reader an opportunity to reflect and take in a multidimensional perspective without the usual stereotypes of modern media.
The Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
This tragicomic is a graphic novel-memoir that chronicles the story of Alison Bechdel’s childhood, growing up in rural Pennsylvania. Imagine a house in which sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, fraught relationships, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family life and figuring you who you are, are all hot topics.
Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Baker and Julia Scheele
Queer: A Graphic History explores themes of sex, gender and sexuality and the modern way in which we view them; where misleading points of view came from, how they’ve shaped the culture surrounding us. This book is great for those who are new to understanding queer theory, activism, and concepts but also a welcome addition to the shelves of anyone within the community.
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jaques
Thirty years old, Juliet Jaques who is going through a transition, has her sex reassignment surgery and throughout kept a detailed account of her experience in the form of her newspaper column. Trans: A Memoir takes the reader through her life to present date; sharing stories of childhood, finding her identity and the ups and downs of political gender discussion.
Trans: A Memoir includes an epilogue from Shelia Heti, author of How Should A Person Be.
David Bowie Made My Gay: 100 Yeas of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock
Music has always had its place in the LGBT+ community and the artists who have created the soundtrack to our lives have always been put above others as Gods in their own right and now this book uncovers the lives of those who made these iconic songs possible. Spanning back to Jazz and Blues, the use of music in underground clubs and celebrates the openly LGBT+ performers we’ve grown to love today: Elton John, George Michael, Freddie Mercury and Boy George.
Pansy Boy by Paul Harfleet
In this graphic novel in rhymed couplets, a young boy tackles homophobia in school by planting pansies at the site of homophobic attacks, taking strength from the flowers he loves. The power of his actions empowers his school to value what is delicate and different. The book comes to life in vivid graphic art and comes complete with a personal field guide to the flowers and birds included in its pages.