HarperCollins has landed The Queer Bible, a “definitive” essay collection edited by Jack Guinness pictured and featuring contributions from Elton John, Graham Norton, Munroe Bergdorf and Courtney Act among others.
Writer Paris Lees, Black Pride founder Lady Phyll, Tan France and Olympian Gus Kenworthy are also in the line-up, writing about the queer icons that inspire them. The book will be published in the UK by HQ on 10th June 2021, and in the US by Dey Street Books on 15th June 2021.
Each essay will be accompanied by bespoke illustrations from LGBTQ+ and ally artists to create “a truly beautiful celebration of queer culture”.
The essays will focus on a broad variety of icons both past and present, such as Norton writing on author Armistead Maupin, John on performer Divine, Bergdorf on the cast of “Paris Is Burning”, Lady Phyll on activist Moud Goba, and Guinness himself on RuPaul.
Guinness began his career as a model, starring in global campaigns for brands such as L’Oréal, Dunhill and Hugo Boss. As a writer, style and fashion commentator, he has contributed to the Sunday Times Style magazine, the Guardian, British GQ, Gentleman’s Journal and Tatler.
He said: “Exploring The Queer Bible is going to be such a moving and inspiring experience for our readers. It connects LGBTQ+ people with their proud history, with the legends who went before us, making our lives possible. For our allies, the book welcomes you into the queer experience. We celebrate difference and uniqueness while reinforcing our shared history. So many rich, varied, diverse lives entwine to create our community, our history, and our shared narrative. The Queer Bible writers give so much of themselves — you feel so connected to their stories. It's a book that fosters empathy, connectedness and reinforces our mutual humanity. It's a rare treat to read an essay collection that is so wise and accessible and will also make you cry hysterically and laugh until a little bit of wee comes out! I couldn't be prouder of our contributors and I'm beyond excited to share The Queer Bible with you.”