Lambda Literary has just issued a proposed boycott of the forthcoming book “Dangerous” by the notoriously controversial Milo Yiannopolous.
Yiannopolous, referred to as a “white supremacist” by Lambda Literary and notorious for his “misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and racist rants,” has just signed a $250,000 book deal with the Simon and Schuster imprint Threshold Editions, according to a press release.
Lambda Literary argues that publishers should not enable the printing and distribution of hate speech, and claim that “Dangerous” contains a rhetoric of hate directed at women, transgender people, queer people, people of color and others.
“We at Lambda Literary stand with the diverse writers and readers who believe that for a publisher to give this writer money and a megaphone is an affront to the values we all share,” reads Lambda’s press release.
“Furthermore, if Yiannopolous’s forthcoming book, ‘Dangerous,’ contains the same hateful rhetoric that got him banned from Twitter and earned him widespread censure – including from the LGBTQ community he claims to be a part of — then Lambda Literary will have to condemn the work as hostile to our mission of advocacy for LGBTQ literature and affirmation of LGBTQ lives,” the press release continues.
In addition to the call for boycott, Lambda Literary suggests reading some recently released books that “illuminate the LGBTQ experience with intelligence and compassion.”
These books include “The Angel of History” by Rabih Alameddine, “Anybody” by Ari Banias, “Here Comes the Sun” by Nicole Dennis-Benn, “Abandon Me” by Melissa Febos and many more.
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