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Celebrating Publishing Pride: Bookshops, Publishers, And More

With another June nearly over, it’s great to see individuals and companies alike coming out in support of Pride Month. Despite this, there’s still much to be done to increase LGBTQIA+ representation in the media – below are some wonderful UK publishing organisations working all year round to do just that.

“An independent publisher that amplifies writing by queer and trans-identified authors. We came about as a response to the lack of dedicated queer publishing in the UK and the fact that there are so many queer voices still unheard and so many queer stories still untold.”

“A publishing venture with a commitment to ideas, subjects and voices underrepresented by mainstream publishing, we hope to discover and celebrate original, diverse and transgressive literature and art, to challenge the status quo.”

“A London-based poetry journal, publishing the most exciting LGBT+ poets three times a year. Every issue we bring together fourteen of the best poets in the world, printing their queer takes on sex, love, race, gender and life in the LGBT+ global community.”

“Lighthouse is a queer-owned and woman-led independent community bookshop. We are an unapologetically activist, intersectional, feminist, anti-racist, LGBTQ+ community space. In 2020 we were nominated Scotland’s best independent bookshop. We celebrate diversity of thought and expression, championing voices from the margins.”

“Manchester’s Independent Gay Bookshop. Over 1,500 titles of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans & Queer focused books.”

“An independent LGBTQIA+ bookshop in the southside of Glasgow. We hope the bookshop is a space to learn about, be inspired by and share in our love of queer books, writing, histories and storytelling.”

“We champion LGBTQIA+ authors and books with queer themes or characters because we know the importance of representation and we want to celebrate all the amazing queer books in publication.”

“Queery, nerdy, indie! We sell science fiction, fantasy and all of the LGBTQIA books we can source from the UK, the US and beyond.”

“Independent queer bookshop, cafe, bar and event space in Cardiff, Paned o Gê is a social enterprise designed to highlight, promote and celebrate LGBTQ+ and Welsh talent and creators.”

“Gay’s The Word is the UK’s oldest LGBT bookshop and a touchstone for the broader LGBT community. The bookshop was set up in January 1979 by a group of gay socialists as a community space where all profits were funnelled back into the business. This ethos continues today with shelves bursting with books and the space used for book and community events.”

“A safe place for LGBTQ+ people working in the book industry to socialise, and as a way to advance the representation of LGBTQ+ people in publishing, both as writers and publishing professionals. Our network now consists of over 150 people, including agents, booksellers and publishers from across the big five publishing houses as well as independent presses and freelancers.”

“We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit and a grassroots organisation of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honours the lives of all young people.”

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