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Celebratory Reads for LGBTQ+ History Month


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As part of our ongoing celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, Jess asked various members of the Lighthouse team a question that gave rise to a whole variety of enticing scenarios.

Given a day entirely to yourself this month to celebrate queer joy and inspiration, what's the book you'd spend the day with? Where would you read it, if it could be anywhere in the world?

Beagle: It would be The Breaks by Julietta Singh- and i would spend it on a little boat in the midst of the Shetlands’ sea, hoping to meet a walrus (or any other sea creature).

Rachel: I've been wanting to read One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. I would read it on a cozy sofa in a room with a fireplace anand lots of tea and snacks.

Lindsay: The Animals at Lockwood Manor in a cosy cafe with lots of coffee

Jessica: I want to re-read The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson about five years after my first read. It would be in spring sun by Hunter's Bog (close to Arthur's Seat) hoping a crow or jackdaw might come and make friends with me.

It would either be that or The Breaks but Beagle got there first!

Noor: A Desolation Called Peace. I’d read it lying in a hammock tied between two trees in a sunny meadow in a dark sky park. I’d have my keep cup with coffee at my side. At night when the stars are out, I’d be that much closer to the story.

Christina: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, while eating donuts and chips and bowling with a group of friends who don't mind that I'm sitting in the corner reading.

Peach: Sex Ed by Ruby Rare, and somewhere most would think inappropriate, probably in a cafe or on a bus, looking out of a rainy window (main character energy).

Mairi: This year it will be Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown, definitely in a bath with a bag of crisps (in this dream the bath never gets cold and the bag of crisps never empties) .

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