Monday, February 29, 2016

LGBT writers speak out, in the most unlikely places

From the UK book dealer Simon Beattie, a tip to a fascinating article about underground publishing in the Middle East:

Lebanese LGBTQ publications: essays, magazines, memoirs and narratives

Blogger and novelist Fadi Zaghmout, together with translator Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, recently visited the British Library. His debut novel, ‘Arūs ʻAmmān (ʻThe bride of Amman’), deals with the various struggles facing young Jordanians, including sexual orientation and gender identity. With this subject in mind, we looked at different sources – both historical and contemporary – for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) history in the British Library’s Arabic collections. Some of those are presented here to mark LGBT History Month, which has been taking place throughout the month of February...

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