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TEAM ZOELLA JULY 3, 2021

June Book Club: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson

Not only is this manifesto a fierce and defiant reclaiming of space for young black queer people, it’s a clarion call to fight for your right to live a full and authentic life.

In their best-selling memoir-manifesto, All Boys Aren’t Blue, LGBTQIA+ activist, acclaimed author and journalist, George M. Johnson, explores the reality of growing up queer and black in America.

Through a series of powerful and unflinching essays, George unpacks a plethora of timely subjects such as gender identity, institutionalised homophobia, consent, toxic masculinity, family and brotherhood.

From the memories of getting their teeth kicked out by bullies at age five to their first sexual relationships and the precious bond with their grandmother ‘Nanny’, each page wrestles with trauma, triumph, Black joy and tragedy in a moving exploration of ever-evolving selfhood through a Black lens.

“Navigating in a space that questions your humanity isn’t really living at all. It’s existing. We all deserve more than just the ability to exist.”

Not only is this manifesto a fierce and defiant reclaiming of space for young black queer people, it’s a clarion call to fight for your right to live a full and authentic life.

Keep scrolling to read the team’s reviews of this emotionally frank and essential read.

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