Free To Be Me - An LGBTQ+ Journal of Love, Pride and Finding Your Inner Rainbow BookRegular price £7.99
An LGBTQ+ journal for everyone - by writer, illustrator and utterly fabulous merman, Dom&Ink.
Celebrate Pride and celebrate YOU with this rainbow coloured journal, packed with drag queens, activities, advice and the world's sassiest LGBTQ+ dinosaur: Brett the Sassysaurus!
- Colour, design and glitter to your heart's content
- Read quotes from real-life rainbow icons
- Find out how to throw your own Pride Party
- Learn about the history of gay rights
Most importantly: celebrate being yourself and what makes YOU amazing!
Warm, hilarious, caring and insightful, Free To Be Me will fill every reader with self-esteem, confidence, colour and pride.
Straight Expectations - The Story of a Family in Transition BookRegular price £10.99
A memoir of a mother's experience of raising both a gay son and a gay, transgender son that acknowledges her own upbringing in an adopted family. Through the personal narrative of raising children from birth to adulthood, the author offers insights and further resources for other parents of LGBT children.
Ever since they were young, Peggy Cryden noticed her children's gender expression did not correspond with society's expectations of their biological gender. In this moving and honest memoir, Peggy details the experiences and challenges of raising both a gay son and a gay, transgender son and shares her family's journey of adversity and growth, which has helped inform her work as a psychotherapist.
Beginning with her own unconventional upbringing and personal relationships, the second half of the book follows her children from birth to adulthood and through their numerous experiences including coming out, depression, hate crime, relationships, school and various aspects to do with transitioning (legal, physical, medical, social) as well as their appearances in the media as a family. This book is insightful, charming and thought-provoking, and through levity and humour, offers a positive approach to parenting outside of convention.
'Cryden writes with the emotional clarity of a seasoned therapist and also as one who's done her own soul searching.'
- Ami B. Kaplan, LCSW New York City Psychotherapist and Gender Specialist.
Author: Peggy Cryden
This Book Is GayRegular price £8.99
A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious - for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality
Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author Juno Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it's like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell's hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.
Author: Juno Dawson
Trans Teen Survival Guide BookRegular price £12.99
Frank, friendly and funny, this must-read guide is packed full of advice from authors who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Readers will come away empowered and armed with practical advice on how to navigate everything from coming out, clothes and pronouns, to wearing binders or packers, hormone therapy and self-care.
The Trans Teen Survival Guide will leave transgender and non-binary teens informed, empowered and armed with all the tips, confidence and practical advice they need to navigate life as a trans teen.
Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it's like to go through cross hormonal therapy or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Fox and Owl have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know.
With a focus on self-care, expression and being proud of your unique identity, the guide is packed full of invaluable advice from people who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Having been there, done that, Fox and Owl are able to honestly chart the course of life as a trans teen, from potentially life-saving advice on dealing with dysphoria or depression, to hilarious real-life awkward trans stories.
Author: Owl Fisher and Fox Fisher
Will Young - To Be A Gay Man BookRegular price £16.99
In To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.
We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Olivier-nominee, and the first winner of the Idol franchise. But his story began long before his first audition. Looking back on a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality, Will explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had.
As Will's own story demonstrates, internalised shame in childhood increases the risk of developing low self-worth, and even self-disgust, leading to destructive behaviours in adult life.
Will revisits the darkest extremes he has been to, sharing his vulnerabilities, his regrets, tracing his own navigation through it all and showing the way for others who might have felt alone in the same experience.
Here you will find a friend, champion and mentor, breaking taboos with frank honesty, and offering invaluable practical advice on overcoming the difficult issues too often faced within the LGBTQ+ community.
Author: Will Young
Yay! You're Gay! Now What? A Gay Boy's Guide To Life BookRegular price £9.99
Yay! You're gay! Or maybe you're bi. Or maybe you just feel different… in time, that difference will become the greatest gift you could ask for. It will bring you love, a sense of identity, a new community, and eventually the freedom to be yourself. I promise!
In this personal, heartfelt go-to guide for young queer guys, broadcaster, YouTuber and LGBT+ advocate Riyadh Khalaf shares frank advice about everything from coming out to relationships, as well as encouragement for times when you’re feeling low.
There’s a support section for family and friends written by Riyadh’s parents and LOADS of hilarious, embarrassing, inspiring and moving stories from gay boys from around the world. Plus inspirational gay men including Stephen Fry, Clark Moore and James Kavanagh share the advice they would give to their younger selves.
Packed with practical advice and bright, quirky illustrations and photos, this book contains chapters on:
- Labels – what does it mean to be gay, bi, trans or queer?
- Coming out
- First crushes, first kisses and first times
- Dealing with bullies and homophobia
- Learning to love your body
- Sex ed for gay guys
- Healing heartbreak
- Finding your tribe
Yes, You Are Trans Enough - My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love BookRegular price £14.99
This is the deeply personal and witty account of growing up as the kid who never fitted in.
Transgender blogger Mia Violet reflects on her life and how at 26 she came to finally realise she was 'trans enough' to be transgender, after years of knowing she was different but without the language to understand why.
From bullying, heartache and a botched coming out attempt, through to counselling, Gender Identity Clinics and acceptance, Mia confronts the ins and outs of transitioning, using her charged personal narrative to explore the most pressing questions in the transgender debate and confront what the media has gotten wrong.
An essential read for anyone who has had to fight to be themselves.
Author: Mia Violet