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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.

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

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.

HETEROS FRAGEN. HOMOS ANTWORTEN.

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

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.

HOW TO BE GAY. ALLES ÜBER COMING-OUT, SEX, GENDER UND LIEBE

Year of publication: 2020
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.

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.

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