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The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook by Ashley Molesso & Chessie Needham

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The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook by Ashley Molesso & Chessie Needham

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The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook by Ashley Molesso & Chessie Needham 

The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook is a joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s development, history, and culture, packed with facts, trivia, timelines, and charts, and featuring 100 full-color illustrations.

Compiled and designed by queer power couple and illustrators extraordinaire, Ashley Molesso and Chess Needham, founders of the popular stationery company Ash + Chess, The Gay Agenda is an inviting and entertaining guide that pays tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. Filled with engaging descriptions, interesting facts, helpful features - such as historical queer icons and events and LGBTQ+ acronym definitions - this fabulous compendium illuminates the transformation of the community, highlighting its struggles, achievements, landmarks, and contributions. It also salutes iconic members of the LGBTQ+ community - the celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens who have made a notable impact on gay life and society itself.

The Gay Agenda is a nostalgic look back for older generations, an archive for younger people, and a helpful introduction for those interested in learning more about the community and its contributions. From James Baldwin and Emma Goldman to Marsha P. Johnson and Jodie Foster; the Pink Triangle and the Rainbow Flag to Stonewall and the AIDS crisis; Matthew Shepard and Pulse Nightclub to Sodomy Laws and Obergefell; Drag and Transitioning to The L Word and The Kinsey Scale, Freddie Mercury and Ellen Degeneres to Laverne Cox and David Bowie, this magnificent digest is a keepsake honoring all LGBTQ+, and the ongoing fight to gain - and maintain - equality for all.

  • Pages: 176
  • Book Binding: Hardcover


"This book is the perfect housewarming gift or coffee table book for LGBTQ+ friends. I know a lot about queer history and I am so happy to find a book that really dives deep in a fun and educational way. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire read and think it's important for LGBTQ+ kids to pick this up when they realize their school systems don't educate about famous queer history. I cannot recommend this book enough!" - Dennis

"There were a few issues with this mainly its hyper-focus on the US and iffy descriptions of asexuality and bisexuality. However, the ever-changing vocabulary of queerness could be attributed to this. This is definitely the best non-fiction book on queerness that I have found in regards to the respect it holds to the community (though the errors it makes, it must be held accountable for) so I believe we should all support books like this so that publishers know that our history and our lives will not be silenced." - Lewis

Ashley Molesso & Chessie Needham
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