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Loud and Proud is an inspirational collection of speeches from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies that have changed our world, and the conversation.
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” —Jason Collins, first openly gay athlete in US pro sports
A sister volume to So Here I Am: Speeches by Great Women to Empower and Inspire, this seminal collection places the loud and proud voices of the vibrant LGBTQ+ community center stage. From equal marriage to gender definitions, bullying to parenthood, the issues covered in these speeches touch on all aspects of LGBTQ+ and reflect the diverse and multi-faceted nature of this community.
Experienced public speaker and Creative Director for Google's Creative Lab Sydney Tea Uglow introduces each speech with a concise bio of the remarkable person who delivered it. Paired with powerful illustrations, the unique personality of each speaker is brought to life. A ribbon keeps your place in the book.
We are stronger when we stand together, and this collection encourages us to do just that and to celebrate the beauty of all our rainbow hues.
The voices: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs; Robert G. Ingersoll; Theodora Ana Sprungli; Bayard Rustin; Franklin "Frank" Kameny; James Baldwin; Marsha P. Johnson; Sally Gearhart; Harvey Milk; Harry Hay; Vito Russo; Mary Fisher; Tammy Baldwin; Paul Martin; Wanda Sykes; Sally Ride; Lady Gaga; Lana Wachowski; Jason Collins; Laverne Cox; Debi Jackson; Lee Mokobe; Janet Mock.
About the Author
Tea Uglow is Creative Director for Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney. She works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the space between technology and the arts and what can happen when they intersect.
An experienced public speaker, Tea’s TedX talk on the contrast between the screen-based world we live in and the organic world we say we love, has been viewed over 1.5m times. In May 2016 she spoke at the Sydney Writers Festival on Doubt as a creative catalyst; during the talk Tea acknowledged that she was transgender and transitioning, the talk was made into a book and is available as a podcast.
In May 2018 Tea was celebrated as one of Australia’s #OUT50LGBTQ Leaders by Deloitte.
Peter Tatchell has campaigned for human rights, democracy, global justice and LGBT+ freedom for over 50 years. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. To find out more about Peter and his Foundation's life-changing work visit PeterTatchellFoundation.org and follow Peter on Twitter @PeterTatchell.
Jack Holland is an illustrator and graduate of Falmouth University, UK. His work is inspired by people and the shapes and forms of everyday life.
“Loud & Proud is a fascinating and beautifully presented collection of inspiring words from some of the most important voices in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as from a number of our allies. These speeches - given by visionaries, civil rights activists, politicians and celebrities from the 1860s to the present day – are heartfelt, often angry but above all brutally honest, and open up a window on the unending fight for our rights, for our identity. It’s a book to dip into again and again, and one that belongs on everyone’s bookshelf, no matter how they identify.” - Darryl W Bullock
"this anthology reminds us of the power of words when used to fire the imagination, reassure communities under pressure and drive us forward to create a better world for ourselves and those who come after us. These words dream! Recommended.” - GScene magazine
“The power of words is in full force in this diverse compilation of speeches from LGBTQ people who have changed the conversation and, indeed, the world. A must-have for your queer bookshelf.” - Attitude Magazine
“Tea Uglow has created a visually pleasing and emphatic collection that is as educational as is it easy on the eyes! Whether you leisurely flip through the pages or devour the entire collection in one sitting, Loud and Proud will be a timeless read.” - The Nerd Daily
“Hopeful and galvanising, the anthology spans a sprawling 150 years of queer brilliance, and shows us how far we’ve come, and what work there still is to be done.” - Dazed