365 Gays of the Year (Plus 1 for a Leap Year): Discover LGBTQ+ History One Day at a Time
A fun and fascinating compendium of LGBTQ+ icons, one for every day of the year, and a celebration of queer history - or as RuPaul would say; Herstory! Discover your queer hero
and learn something new every day
with 365 Gays of the Year
, an accessible and fun introduction to LGBTQ+ history
through the people that made it. Carefully curated
and thoughtfully researched, author
Lewis Laney assigns a person or group of note to each day of the year to form the ultimate LGBTQ+ hall of fame.
Legendary queer icons such as Marsha P Johnson
and Freddie Mercury
sit alongside lesser known but equally important names such as activist Renée Cafiero
, blood donor Barbara Vick
, and Sappho
the lesbian poet (who was doing her thing in 570BC).
All have contributed amazing achievements to the LGBTQ+ story. Each month also features one ally - inspiring heterosexual people who have all contributed something significant to the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. People like Elizabeth Taylor
who "brought AIDS out of the closet and into the ballroom - where there was money to be raised".
Each entry comprises a short biography plus a brief explanation about why that celebratory date represents an important milestone.
Lewis brings international figures to life (famous and lesser-known) with his witty
and uplifting prose
which are peppered with little-known facts
and accompanied by bright illustrative portraits
from the hugely talented Charlotte MacMillan-Scott.
This witty, unique celebration of queer history
promises to inspire and empower readers
with its wealth of bright stars.Author:
Lewis LaneyBinding Type:
White Lion PublishingPublished:
8.00h x 6.90w x 1.90dISBN:
9780711273702About the Author
Originally from Derbyshire, Lewis Laney headed to the bright lights of Blackpool in his teens and began writing queer fiction. After having his first short story published in The Next Wave: The Gay Times Book of Short Stories (2002) at eighteen, he went on to write for various publications including the iconic music magazine The Face. His first book The Little Book of Pride was published in 2020 and immediately topped Amazon's LGBTQ History category. Lewis works in publishing and lives in London, where he works with local establishments to provide safe spaces for queer meet-ups.
Charlotte McMillan-Scott is a pen and digital illustrator based in the UK. Her lively works explore empowerment, visibility and identity. They are full of bright colours, bold lines and famous characters. She also creates stickers.