A gripping and profound anthology of prose and poetry - with one aim. To promote and cherish all things LGBT. Over the last 8 years, Marshall has written a two volume anthology, Part I being published in 2009 and Part II in 2011. Now he has taken all of the pieces that relate to the LGBT community and published it as a new and exciting author who just happens to be gay.
Already heralded by Gaydio Manchester during the Queen& 39;s Diamond Jubilee Weekend celebrations as being one of the most important gay anthologies for the LGBT worldwide English-speaking community, this is an exciting and ground moving commentary on gay issues, with particular emphasis on being that lifeline for the countless young people who are still discovering their sexuality, along with all the difficulties that come with that. For the older generation too, unable to find the key to the door of that dark closet, it also shines a light.
When Marshall wrote the two anthologies "Idle Thoughts" and "Meanderings" in 2009 and 2011, much of the writing was a subliminal message of hope. But in 2012, after speaking at the invitation of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation in Manchester on the subject of the LGBT and the Holocaust, he decided to not just republish the holocaust poems, but more importantly, to publish all of those parts of the anthologies as an unashamed, indeed, proud, gay anthology and to do so as an openly gay writer, adding to this work new pieces too. That decision was as if the pigeons flew from the parapets, upon a bullet ricocheting in the belfry, never to return.
Marshall& 39;s aim? Simply put, it is a very serious dream that is already afoot in the great democracies, give or take the usual pockets of resistance from communities lost in yesteryear. That the question of gender and sexuality will one day be as irrelevant and stupid as those who insisted the earth was flat despite all the evidence to the contrary, or those who insisted that if we travelled faster than 30 mph we would drop dead.
On 10-11 October 2012 we celebrate National Coming Out Day and the author agrees with Andrew Gilliver who has so kindly written the foreword to this work, that the timing of this work couldn& 39;t be more perfect - and his team are now flat out to have this available for that deadline of October 11-12. Again, if you& 39;d said to him 10 years ago that there would be such a Day he would have simply replied, “that& 39;s just not possible. We& 39;ve slipped from the closet into Alice& 39;s wardrobe. Get a grip!”
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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is the UK& 39;s largest LGBT community operating from its headquarters in Manchester and reaching out globally. It also has a magazine & 39;OutNorthWest& 39; which covers North West England in paper and digital format. The Board of Trustees comprises eleven trustees, and operates a vast network of volunteers. That the LGF is formally backing the project and has written the Foreword to the this book is strong testimony of its power and stance within the LGBT worldwide community and as a direct challenge to those who would like to see the LGBT and GLBTQ and all other such organisations disappear.
In addition, Marshall has potential backing from the international ALL OUT CAMPAIGN based in New York who have expressed considerable interest in the book and have a copy of the actual manuscript in pdf file format. Their initial response was a swift email saying & 39;Incredible!& 39; This will enable the book to be pitched to their 1,031,209 members (of which Marshall, the author, is one of the original members when it was launched 2 years ago) worldwide.
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