The Pink Line


Shortlisted for the Sunday Times/CNA Literary Award for Nonfiction

Six years in the making, The Pink Line follows protagonists from nine countries all over the globe to tell the story of how LGBTQ+ rights became one of the world’s new human rights frontiers in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Gevisser’s kaleidoscopic exploration of shifting gender/sexual identities around the world marks a seminal step towards a global, intersectional, and post-colonial queer solidarity.

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The Pink Line

A groundbreaking look at how the issues of sexuality and gender identity divide and unite the world today

Between sensitive and sometimes startling profiles of the queer folk he’s encountered along the Pink Line, Gevisser offers sharp analytical chapters exploring identity politics, religion, gender ideology, capitalism, human rights, moral panics, geopolitics, and what he calls “the new transgender culture wars.” His subjects include a Ugandan refugee in flight to Canada, a trans woman fighting for custody of her child in Moscow, a lesbian couple campaigning for 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 multifaceted picture of the world today, and the queer people defining it.

Eye-opening, heartfelt, expertly researched, and compellingly narrated, The Pink Line is a monumental―and urgent―journey of unprecedented scope into twenty-first-century identity, seen through the border posts along the world’s new LGBTQ+ frontiers.