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50 LGBTQI+ who changed the World

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What a great book, it is very interesting and informative.
The illustrations in the book are good and diferent.
Aside from the art of the book, it was very informative and you can see the work behind it.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a digital copy of this book.

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I loved this book detailed , I learned a lot through this book . I would definitely recommend. The illustration are added very nice .

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2.5 stars.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of this book.

This was a pretty informative book, but sadly enough I read it at a time where I couldn't concentrate properly on what I was reading because of pain.
Would still recommend to everyone tho and might reread it in the future myself!

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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I absolutely loved this book. It provides insights into the lives and achievements of many different LGBTQIA+ people across the 20th and 21st century with people from different identities. I liked that the book not only portrayed commonly known people like Alan Turing, Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, and Peter Tatchell but also less well known people who deserve just as much admiration. The illustrations were also cool with a combination between abstract art and accurately portraying the characters.

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As someone who doesn't read a lot of non-fiction I really enjoyed this book! The short biographies allowed me to get some glimpses into the stories of many LGBTQI+ individuals. I enjoyed that the book highlighted connections between people that were featured as well.

I as pleased to see a diverse group of people featured. While I recognized some of the names and stories featured, many of them were new to me.

I really enjoyed the sketches throughout the book, as well as the real images that were included. The pops of colour throughout were also a nice touch!

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Manelli brings 50 fascinating, powerful, and empowering LGBTQI+ individuals to life in this easy-to-read, engaging, and visual book. Filled with bright colors, images, and engaging, concise, and tantalizing synopses of the lives of 50 key LGBTQI+ individuals from around the world, readers will learn some critically important names and facts from this accessible book. Manelli’s book is a marvelous introduction to LGBTQI+ studies, history, and activism, and the book includes a wide range of individuals of all sexualities, gender identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, and abilities, and the images of these figures, artistically rendered, appear lively, dynamic, and alive. From well-known individuals like Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Audre Lorde, Alan Turing, and RuPaul to others like Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Craig Rodwell, and Armistead Maupin, Manelli’s figures run the gamut, allowing many LGBTQI+ readers to find commonalities with at least one figure in this book. A must-read introductory LGBTQI+ text, this book blends history with art and creativity, a combination which engages readers from the first page and keeps their attention through all fifty figures. Manelli’s book is a wonderful, engaging, insightful, and empowering read that will teach every reader something new and help keep these important names and stories alive.

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I love books like Florent Minelli's "50 LGBTQI+ Who Changed the World" because you are given a glimpse of so many amazing people that personally puts me on a little path of investigation to read more.
What I especially loved about this particular book is that sure, we get some familiar household names, but it did not stick to all of the usual ones and gave us a lot of not as well known (yet) activists and voices from around the world.
A perfect introduction to more voices that need to be heard and more people that need to be seen!

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This book presents short biographies of 50 LGBTQI+ individuals, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a decently diverse group. While there are many familiar names and stories from both the UK and US, there are many people of color, Asian, and African individuals as well that were new to me. Art is subjective, I acknowledge, but I didn't like the sketchy illustrations of the figures in the book. Far more powerful were the colorful collages present for some, but not all, individuals. I also found the splashes of color throughout the pages distracting from the text rather than accentuating it. Still, for a beginning resource or short reads of interesting people, I think this is a decent book.

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I loved this book. While I knew quite a few of the people discussed in this book, I learned a lot through most of the reading about people I had never heard of, or just heard of through passing. The illustrations added very nicely to the bios as well. I would definitely recommend.

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Absolutely adored this, a creative but concise resource to learn about the pillars both famous and forgotten of the queer community that got us to where we are today. Whether through protest, legal action, organisation, archiving, awareness or more.

Perfect to educate all but also a cute and creative coffee table book for an queers in their new home.
Will definitely be buying a hard copy of this at some point or another

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I enjoyed reading about my favourite LGBTQIA+ celebrities and I loved being able to have the opportunity to learn more about them and their contributions to the queer community overall.

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"50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world" is, in my opinion, a fantastic resource for LGBTQ allies who want to learn more about the profound people who have helped in the fight for equity. Even as a member of the LGBTQ community, there were several names I did not recognize, and I feel more informed knowing who they are and the impact they had. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a bite size, fragmented view of LGBTQ individuals, with condensed, summarized views on each person's impact and legacy. I also enjoyed the illustrations in addition to the photo collages. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, particularly someone who wants to learn more about the LGBTQ community, although for more in depth analysis of the individuals profiled, a person should seek out (or supplement with) other materials.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this eARC to review.

Trigger Warnings for this book are; homophobia and transphobia (with violence and murder mentioned), mentionings of being imprisoned, suicide, having to flee the country for safety and more so please be careful whilst reading

This is quite an informative book and focuses on people within the lgbtqi+ community of the 1900s and 2000s who changed the world. This taught me about a lot of figures I hadn't heard of and gave me more information on figures I had heard of. Some people had only a page or so of information while others had many and each person had at least one line drawing of them. There were coloured splodges behind some text which may be hard for some people to read words on. I would like to think this is good jumping off point to find out about lgbtqi+ people but if you want super detailed accounts then try and find autobiographies/biographies on those individuals.

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There was a lot I liked about this book and a lot that interfered with my reading experience. I love that books like this are being published, and I wish I had something like this during my teen years. The text watermark over every page definitely interfered with my reading of the work, and I found the decorative scribbles distracting. I wasn't thrilled with the art style, thought many of the portraits looked similar, and the collage style needed to be more consistent. I liked the diversity of biographies, covering figures in the Civil Rights Movement to feminist activism. I also liked that this book covers the harsh reality of being gay in the 1900s and beyond. The book mainly focused on male figures, which was disappointing as so many female activists could have been highlighted in this anthology.

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I recently joined a book committee through our local school board who is reading and reviewing books that have been removed from school library shelves due to parent complaints, or removed by the governor of FL through HB 57. One book I read was Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager. I found that book lacking any interesting information and was a bit too much like a Tumbler/Instagram post. Conversely I found 50 LGBTSI+ Who Changed The World to be and engaging and educational introduction to activists in the LGBTQIA+ community. This book is suitable for all ages.

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A fun and interesting book to get as a gift or for the coffee table! This is a good book if you like pop culture or want to learn a little more about some celebrities

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This book was fairly good. I don't like that the art style doesn't show the color of people's skin because then the default is white but the art in here is very nice other than that. I found the squiggles over words pretty distracting and hard to read in some places. I really loved the collages with real photos at the end of some peoples sections. There were some amazing archival photos in here as well. Throughout, there was great quote selections as well. The selection of people was decent but could be a bit more diverse, but I do like that there were some lesser known people mixed in with ultra famous.

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This was a visually engaging introduction to the people who have worked for LGBTQ+ rights throughout the world. Profiles highlight the work each did, rather than listing the all the details of their life, which makes it a captivating and inspiring read. The writing is clear and engaging. I would place this as written for pre-teens and teens, but adults would find much here to entertain and inform.
The author does not hide the real world in these pages. There are tragedies here, but there are also many victories. The book is international in scope, although unsurprisingly, it does skew toward the United States and United Kingdom.
Highly recommended.

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Engaging, educational and completely captivating read, look at a diverse range of LGBTQI+ people who made their own huge impact on our world. I will definitely be buying this book for our Sixth Form library.

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Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me this arc!! I enjoyed reading this book, it was very informative and reading about how much our queer elders have sacrificed made me tear up. +Plus there were no grammatical or spelling errors that I noticed whatsoever:)

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