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Queer Intentions

A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture

Amelia Abraham


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Abraham shares unique personal stories which serve to create a powerful collection of reflections on queerness. The writer describes queerness through honest conversations with people across multiple identities: genderfluid, transgender, nonbinary, asexual and intersex individuals. Mixing real conversation with academic research and some well-placed comic relief, Queer Intentions helps the reader to understand the nuances of identity politics whilst offering a contemplation on our shared human needs and desires too. The author encourages readers to think about how society dictates what it means to be queer. She also emphasises the importance of visibility and uplifting voices that have been silenced in favour of more prominent stories.In the last chapter, Abraham tries to highlight the fact that there is no wrong way to be queer and she says: I suppose I had been confused about what the LGBTQ+ people before me had been fighting for: the right to be the same as everyone else, or to be different. Now, I realise it was both. It was the ability to choose.'

This immersive, accessible and thought-provoking book takes the reader on a journey to explore the pros and cons, the myths and realities of life for LGBTQ+ people today.

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020

‘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, author of The Establishment

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, in Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer right now. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the reader 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.

'A landmark exploration into what it means to be queer today' – DAZED

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 06 Aug 2020
Dimensions: 130 x 196 x 27 mm
ISBN: 9781509866175