July 07, 2019
AS the first Filipino popular literature imprint focused on championing LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) narratives, Pride Lit stands proud as a great source of entertainment and inspiration for readers of all kinds.
But more than teaching readers the value of appreciating and accepting nonstraight people, the imprint has been very consistent in creating a safe space for underrepresented voices to flourish and share their stories, be it about finding love in many forms and shapes or discovering one’s sexual awakening with fleeting moments of kilig.
Now celebrating its third year in the publishing industry, Pride Lit is taking a huge leap by releasing four unique books from its roster of seasoned and respected writers and contributors. These books — Alex Rosas’ gender-swap romance Gay’s Anatomy, John Jack G. Wigley’s ensemble drama Kadenang Bahaghari (Rainbow Chain), Lush Ericson’s crowdpleaser Agustin and Ariston’s Version of the Universe, and Soju’s campy fantasy Ang Asul na Buntot ni Aquano (Aquano’s Blue Tail)/Angelica Sorreda’s romantic offering Over Time — speak of uniquely queer experiences and imaginative premises.
“Each book actually talks about different emotions, experiences and were written differently,” Pride Lit Brand Manager Aiko Clarizza Buduan-Salazar said. “The upcoming new titles will open readers’ minds on the fresh possibilities of storytelling.”
True to its vision, Pride Lit steps up its game by ensuring that LGBTQ+ characters and their allies would be prominent figures in pop-culture narratives, and serve as inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community, whose vibrant lives are worth telling, and are now everyone’s stories.
“We plan to release more books and become a staple in the community,” Salazar said. “Aside from providing feel good stories and erotic stories, we plan to become more reachable to our target market and community.”
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