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Funny Gyal

My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica

Available Apr 12th 2022

Paperback
$ 15.99

Description

The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss the other girls. But as her sexuality blossomed in her teens, she knew she wouldn’t “grow out of it” and that her attraction to girls wasn’t against God. In fact, she discovered that same-sex relationships were depicted in the Bible, which she read devoutly, even if the tight-knit evangelical Christian community she grew up in believed any sexual relationship outside of marriage between a man and woman was a sin, and her society, Jamaica, criminalized homosexual sex.

Angeline’s story begins with her traumatic experience of “corrective rape” when she is lured by an online predator, then traces her childhood through her sexual and spiritual awakening as a teen — falling in love, breaking up, coming out, and then being forced into conversion therapy.

Sometimes dark, always threadbare and honest, Funny Gyal chronicles how Angeline’s faith deepens as a teenager, despite her parents’ conservative values and the strict Christian Jamaican society in which she lives, giving her the courage to challenge gender violence, rape culture, and oppression.

Contributors

Angeline Jackson

Angeline Jackson-Whitaker is an LGBT human rights activist, an HIV/AIDS educator, and the former executive director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica. In 2015, President Barack Obama recognized Angeline as one of Jamaica’s remarkable young leaders at the Town Hall for Youth in Kingston, Jamaica. She also participated on a U.S. Senate briefing panel and attended the first White House Forum on Global LGBT Rights. Angeline lives in Jamaica.

Susan McClelland

Susan McClelland is a YA non-fiction writer who has received several national and international awards. Her first book, Bite of the Mango, is the true story of a young Sierra Leonean victim of war and has been published in more than twenty countries. She is a former staff writer at Maclean’s and has written for the Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, Ms Magazine, the Guardian, the Walrus, Chatelaine, and many others. Susan splits her time between Toronto and Dumfries-Galloway in Scotland.

Book Details

Paperback
April 2022
5.5x8.5 in
240 pp
9781459749191