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Reading recommendations

From autobiographies to business literature, you will find interesting recommendations from the LGBT*IQ universe by the PROUT AT WORK-Team.

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Ich bin Linus: WIE ICH DER MANN WURDE, DER ICH SCHON IMMER WAR

Year of publication: 2020
Author: Linus Giese
Languages: German only

Him being trans ist something Linus suspected since he was six years old. But out of shame and ignorance about terms like queer, trans* and non-binary he hides his true self for a long time. In 2017, he freed himself from his old life by saying “I am Linus”. Now Linus Giese openly talks in his book about the ups and downs of his journey on which he repeatedly encounters hate, especially on the Internet.But that doesn’t stop him from standing up for the rights of trans* people.

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Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family

Year of publication: 2018
Author: Garrard Conley

Nineteen-year-old Garrard Conley is unwillingly outed to his parents. Since his father is the church’s Baptist preacher, Garrard faces a life-changing decision: Does he bend to his parents’ will and begin therapy, or does he stand by his sexuality and risk losing his old life? A moving story about the dichotomy of religion and homosexuality.

FANTASTISCHE QUEERWESEN UND WIE SIE SICH FINDEN

Year of publication: 2019
Author: Stef, Sven Hensel
Languages: German only

Diversity for all! 36 slam poets tell the story of their queer existence, of searching and finding not only love, but also their own identity. This book lets you look deep into the world of the LGBT*IQ community, beyond heterosexuality and the classic binary gender classification – and recognize what role diversity actually plays.

Gayme Changer – THE ECONOMIC POWER OF HUMAN RECOGNITION

Year of publication: 2021
Author: Jens Schadenfroh

“In GaYme Changer, the first book of its kind, Jens Schadendorf has traced the LGBT+ community and an increasing number of their allies across the globe to discover the start of a revolution in businesses and economies. With fascinating stories around individuals, companies, nonprofits and a fast-growing cohort of other organizations, he describes the emergence of a strong ecosystem accelerating the rise of global LGBT+ equality. Supported by up-to-date research, he also shows how investment in LGBT+ diversity and inclusion delivers a powerful return.”

HETEROS FRAGEN. HOMOS ANTWORTEN.

Year of publication: 2017
Author: Anja Kühne, Nadine Lange, Björn Seeling, Tilmann Warnecke
Languages: German only

In 50 columns, the Queerspiegel team has explained the gay world to the readers of the Berliner Tagesspiegel week after week. In this book, the accumulated knowledge of these experts brings light into the darkness: questions that many would otherwise not dare to ask are answered with professional competence, journalistic care and humor. The authors test the truth of stereotypes and dispel myths and prejudices.

Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined

Year of publication: 2020
Author: JJ Bola

Is there such a thing as gender justice? The roles of the tough man and the delicate woman are still anchored in social thought structures. However, movements such as #MeToo show that some forms of masculinity are not necessarily perceived positively today. This book is about finding out how complex masculinities really are and what it can mean to be a man.

this book is gay

Year of publication: 2014
Author: Juno Dawson

No more stereotypes and pigeonholing! With statistics, definitions and personal stories, Juno Dawson explains not only the LGBT*IQ ABC, but also how it feels to be part of the community and what exactly it is about one’s own sexual orientation. A book full of profound questions and honest answers.

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