‘The Pink Line is not just necessary reading for those who care about justice, it ought to be mandatory.’ Sisonke Msimang
‘Hugely ambitious and brilliantly executed, it is an engrossing and essential read.’ Jonny Steinberg
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The Pink Line
How did ‘LGBT Rights’ become a dividing line across the world, bringing new freedoms and creating new fears? And what impact has it had on the people who live along this new global frontier?
Over seven years, Mark Gevisser has followed protagonists from around the world to tell one of the most startling stories of the 21st century: how a new conversation about sexual orientation has come to divide – and describe – the world in an entirely new way. A new Pink Link, Gevisser argues, has been drawn across the globe, and he takes readers to its frontiers.
In between sharp analytical chapters exploring identity politics, religion, folklore, gender ideology, capitalism, human rights and geopolitics, Gevisser provides sensitive and sometimes startling profiles of the queer folk he’s encountered along the Pink Line. They include a trans Malawian refugee granted asylum in South Africa, a lesbian couple campaigning for countrywide marriage equality in Mexico, genderqueer high schoolers coming of age in Michigan, a gay Israeli-Palestinian couple searching for common ground, and a community of kothis – ‘women’s hearts in men’s bodies’ – who run a temple in an Indian fishing village. What results is a moving and multi-faceted picture of the world today and the queer people defining it.
Eye-opening, expertly researched, and compellingly narrated, The Pink Line is a monumental – and urgent – journey of unprecedented scope into 21st-century identity, seen through the border posts along the world’s new LGBTQ+ froniters.