SPEAK ITS NAME! Quotations by and About Gay Men and Women


SPEAK ITS NAME! Quotations by and About Gay Men and Women

EDITED BY CHRISTOPHER TINKER    Book Number: 87596    Product format: Hardback

'My declaring myself gay wasn't a story; them finding me out would have been.' - Simon Callow. Emotional, amusing and inspiring, this is a collection of quotes by and about gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people from across the years, celebrating the improvement of gay rights in the country, but also describing the battles fought to get here. With a beautiful introduction from Simon Callow, the book shares the thoughts of individuals from all walks of life, including King James I of England and VI of Scotland, Tom Daley, Sandi Toksvig, and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Quotes range from Baron Chris Smith of Finsbury speaking at a protest meeting in Rugby about how approximately 100 members of parliament were gay like him, even if they wouldn't admit it openly, Sir Ian McKellen's comment that he had never met a gay person who regrets coming out, to E. M. Forster's assertion that the public disliked talking about homosexuality more than the idea of it. The book shares the philosophy of André Gide that it is better to be hated for what one is than loved for what one is not, and the witty memories of Rosa Bonheur who found women's clothing a bother and solicited the authorisation to wear men's clothes from the prefect of police. This collection of quotations includes brilliant images of each contributor, whether that is artwork of writer and social reformer Edward Carpenter by Roger Fry, writer and translator Dorothy Bussy by Rachel Pearsall Conn Strachey, and actor, playwright, singer, composer Sir Noël Coward by Clemence Dane, or stunning photographic portraits of female impersonator Danny La Rue, American tennis champion Billie Jean King, and politician Baron Peter Mandelson. A compendium of meditations, personal experiences and declarations that celebrates and supports the LGBT+ community. Colour and black and white images, 338pp.
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ISBN 9781855147256
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