4* Review: We Can Do Better Than This – Amelia Abraham (Ed.)

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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If like me, you’re a fan of reading books which speak to lived experiences – this is the book for you.

Split into six sections:;

  • Safety
  • Visbility
  • Dating, Love and Family
  • Health and Social Care
  • Beyond the Binary
  • Community and Organising

with 35 unique voices all with a story or insight to share, We Can do Better Than This details deeply moving and often personal stories which seek to answer the question ‘How do we shape a better world for LGBTQ+ people?’. With stories and arguments organised into the above six sections, this is a great book to dip in and out of at your leisure.

For every person who says ‘I’m cool with gay marriage’ there is still someone who isn’t. A lot of people might support our rights in theory, but they still aren’t comfortable seeing us holding hands, kissing or being affectionate in public.

…Why, before we go on holiday somewhere, we have to google ‘Is it safe to hold hands in public’ about wherever we are going.

Shura, Kissing in Public (We Can Do Better Than This)

A large part of the reason I read these types of non-fiction books is to educate myself about other people’s views, perspectives and experiences first hand; in particular from individuals within the LGBTQIA community with whom I interact least with in my day to day life. From the intersectionality of queer Black people, to how asexual individuals navigate invisibility within our own community, to transgender rights and the role of fashion in breaking down the gender binary to our collective safety; this book is a varied and inspiringly powerful depiction of how we might shape a better world for every letter of our queer community.

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