Penguin Random House UK marks Pride with a celebration of LGBTQ authors


Penguin Random House UK is launching Penguin Pride, a campaign to celebrate LGBTQ authors past, present and future to coincide with the start of this summer’s UK Pride events.

Throughout June, Penguin Random House UK will curate and showcase the seminal books from LGBTQ authors that have inspired, informed and supported readers over the years, across and its Penguin Books and Penguin Platform social channels.

Authors Andrew McMillan and Matthew Todd, among others, will publish brand new and exclusive content as part of the online campaign - from revealing their essential LGBTQ reading lists, to essays on sexuality and the gender debate. Others, including Colm Toibin and Ali Smith, will share extracts from books such as Giovanni’s Room and How to be Both that have played an important role in shaping positive attitudes within and towards the gay community.

Independent bookshops across the UK will be taking part in Penguin Pride too. Editors within Penguin Random House UK have created an ‘essential LGBTQ reading list’, which will be available to buy in a number of bookshops nationwide during the Pride summer celebrations. Twitter and Instagram users will be invited to share selfies with books from their LGBTQ reading lists under #LGBTQLibrary throughout the summer.

Penguin Random House UK will also invite young adults to join the weekly #UKYA Twitter chat with book blogger Lucy Powrie to talk about their LGBTQ heroes, the books that they’d give to their younger self, and which LGBTQ classics are on their to-read pile on Friday 10th June, 8pm-9pm.

As part of the campaign, transgender YouTuber Alex Bertie will be talking about books and the importance of seeing personal experience reflected in culture on Penguin Platform, and Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, will contribute a guest piece to

Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK, who earlier this year pledged to help make the publishing industry more inclusive by 2020, commented: “We are celebrating the authors and books that have had an enormous influence within the gay community and beyond over the years - books that have inspired, educated, and comforted; books that have the power to change lives. I hope our Penguin Pride campaign
will introduce readers to voices they may not have heard before, and perhaps even inspire a new generation of brilliant LGBTQ writers.”

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Notes to Editors:

• Content will be available to extract and some authors may be available to write features
• Penguin Random House UK has committed to helping make the publishing industry more diverse as part of its Creative Responsibility strategy. Find out
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• A Penguin Pride team will join the London Pride march on 25th June, handing out branded bookmarks to spectators along the way.

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