Queer Intentions provides the ultimate exploration of the joys and pains of being LGBTQ+ in the West at a time when queer culture has never been so mainstream.
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, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer in 2019. 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.
In the media
It’s really interesting . . . a journey through LGBTQ+ culture . . . questioning lots of things but in a very interesting, self-effacing, relatable way and I think it’s rather cool; I think she’s rather cool actually, I like her . . . it’s a good book’
Will Young on the Homo Sapiens podcast
Immersive, funny and relatable. In the style of Louis Theroux, 28-year-old journalist Abraham uses skills she’s picked up working at VICE, Refinery29 and Dazed to find answers to the big questions in her own life. It’s quite the journey . . . A fascinating read for anyone with a passing interest in LGBTQI culture, Queer Intentions not only touches on issues in Abraham’s life, but issues many LGBTQI people in the West are facing ourselves. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this when it comes out