According to the recently released Top 10 Banned Books in America list compiled by the American Library Association, five out of those ten books have been banned because of LGBTQIA+ content. Books for children by queer writers or featuring queer characters are being removed from shelves all over the country which makes it more important than ever to publish more books that show all children that LGBTQIA+ folks are worth celebrating. These new books from two highly respected queer activists, Arabelle Sicardi and Riyadh Khalaf, offer just that: a celebration of queer folks throughout history and today
This beautiful, bold book celebrates the achievements of LGBTQ+ people through history and from around the world. It features dynamic full-color portraits of a diverse selection of 52 inspirational role models accompanied by short biographies that focus on their incredible successes. From Freddie Mercury’s contribution to music, Emma González’s brave and powerful message, Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic legend, Harvey Milk’s refusal to stay quiet and so many more inspiring queer heroes and icons and their tapestry of stories. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, this extraordinary book will show children that anything is possible.
About the author: Arabelle Sicardi is a queer Asian American writer whose work focuses on beauty, fashion, politics, and identity. They’ve written for teenVOGUE, them., ROOKIE, ALLURE, i-D, NYLON, and other publications. They were previously the Beauty Editor at BuzzFeed. Now they work full-time as a freelancer so they can spend time working on books, like this one.
Title: Queer Heroes Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes From Past and Present! │ Price: $22.99│ Author: Arabelle Sicardi │ Illustrated by: Sarah Tanat-Jones │Format: Hardback, 64 Pages│ISBN: 9781786034762 │ Publisher: Wide-Eyed Editions, an imprint of The Quarto Group│ Ages: 10+
Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? By Riyadh Khalaf
In this personal and heartfelt guide for young queer guys, broadcaster, YouTuber and LGBTQ+ advocate Riyadh Khalaf shares frank life advice about everything from coming out to first relationships, as well as emotional support for those suffering from bullying or unsupportive parents.
Through voicing his own difficulties, such as coming out to his Iraqi-born, Muslim father, Riyadh shares valuable life lessons that he wishes he had known sooner. The book has LOADS of hilarious, embarrassing and moving stories from gay boys from around the world and exclusive content from inspirational gay men who share the advice they would give to their younger selves.
RIYADH KHALAF is a journalist, YouTuber and LGBTQ+ advocate. He is best known for fronting groundbreaking BBC docuseries Queer Britain. He first came to prominence on YouTube where his comedy and LGBT+ videos soon made him a “gay big brother” to younger viewers looking for inspiration and help with their identities. His channel has amassed over 45 million views and been featured on outlets including CNN, NBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Riyadh is now a regular host on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks and Unexpected Fluids shows. @riyadhk
Title: Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? A Gay Boy’s Guide to Life │ Price: $14.99 │ Author: Riyadh Khalaf │ Illustrated by: Melissa McFeeters │ Format: Paperback / softback, 224 Pages│ ISBN: 9781786033659 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group │ Publishing: April 18, 2019 │ Ages: 11+