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A Queer Alphabet: The A-Z of gender & sexuality

Thursday, Apr 18 2019
20:00 - 21:00
Morgan Lev Edward Holleb
location: Lighthouse

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Having correct and accurate terminology to describe oneself can be empowering, especially with words and phrases that describe gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, as well as slang relevant to LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination, queer activism, gender-affirming healthcare and psychology.

We are thrilled to host the Edinburgh launch of The A–Z of Gender and Sexuality, a new publication from the fantastically diverse and inclusive press Jessica Kingsley Publishing. It’s a text which connects the histories, victories, and institutional struggles of queer people with the broader landscape of radical politics.

Written in a traditional A-Z glossary style, Morgan has written a guide which will serve as a quick reference for looking up individual words, as well as an in-depth look at queer history and culture. By dispelling myths about “correct” language, this guide will serve as an accessible introduction to more informed conversations around gender and sexuality.



Morgan Lev Edward Holleb is a freelance writer, editor, and artist; he is a jewish anarchist queer who writes on the politics of gender, violence, and accountability. Morgan works full time as an advocate for improving LGBT+ healthcare on NHS Scotland, and runs a support group at Glasgow’s Category Is Books called Not Your Fault for men and non-binary people who have experienced sexual violence. His writing has been featured in the book Queer Privacy, several wonderful zines,The Guardian and Morning Star— The A–Z of Gender and Sexuality is his first book.



“In his introduction the author talks of not ‘neutralising’ queer terms but to ‘arm queer youth and newly identified queers with the language which to describe themselves, so that they may articulate their needs, throw this book in the bin, set it on fire and create new words and definitions from the ashes.’ My hope is that they don’t throw this wonderfully enriching book onto the fire but pass it on to another. Language really, really matters, it always has, but in these times being able to self define and feel confident and present in the words that describe is quite literally often life. -Juno Roche, writer, author of Queer Sex.

Holleb deftly transforms vast areas of community knowledge into something compact and accessible enough to leave out on the family’s kitchen table in the wake of coming-out conversations. At once an authoritative and yet highly readable book, it covered all bases and uncovered questions I didn’t yet know I needed to ask. This book will be immensely useful to the queer community.-Juno Mac, author of REVOLTING PROSTITUTES; The Fight For Sex Workers’ Rights


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