The Pink Line - the World's Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S and FINANCIAL TIMES' BOOKS OF 2020
Six years in the making, The Pink Line follows protagonists from nine countries all over the globe to tell the story of how LGBTQ+ Rights became one of the world's new human rights frontiers in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
From refugees in South Africa to activists in Egypt, transgender women in Russia and transitioning teens in the American Mid-West, The Pink Line folds intimate and deeply affecting stories of individuals, families and communities into a definitive account of how the world has changed, so dramatically, in just a decade.
And in doing so he reveals a troubling new equation that has come in to play: while same-sex marriage and gender transition are now celebrated in some parts of the world, laws to criminalise homosexuality and gender non-conformity have been strengthened in others. In a work of great scope and wonderful storytelling, this is the groundbreaking, definitive account of how issues of sexuality and gender identity divide and unite the world today.
'A wide-ranging, open-hearted, beautifully told account of the radically various state of LGBTQ rights in the world. This is a book that should be very widely read, and not only read, but acted upon.' - Garth Greenwell
'In intimate, often tender prose, Gevisser brings to life the complex movement for queer civil rights and the many people on whom it bears.' - Colm Toibin, Guardian
'Powerful... meticulously researched.' - Andrew McMillan
'The Pink Line is about geopolitics, the Internet and the media; nationalism and modernity, about religion and sovereignty, ideological neocolonialism, culture wars, power and persecution. Written with a lightness of touch, often moving, always clarifying, every LGBTQ+ person should read this book.' - Uli Lenart, Attitude
Observer Book of the Week
Imprint: Profile Books
Publication Date: 2/7/2020