The inspiring story of Angeline Jackson, who stood up to Jamaica’s oppression of queer youth to demand recognition and justice.

Product Code: 8964
ISBN: 9781459749191
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Pages: 232
Published Date: 06/07/2022
Availability:In stock
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Price: $15.99

When Angeline Jackson was a child, she wondered if there was something wrong with her for wanting to kiss the other girls. But as her sexuality blossomed in her teens, she knew she wouldn’t “grow out of it” and that her attraction to girls wasn’t against God. In fact, she discovered that same-sex relationships were depicted in the Bible, which she read devoutly, even if the tight-knit evangelical Christian community she grew up in believed any sexual relationship outside of marriage between a man and woman was a sin, and her society, Jamaica, criminalized homosexual sex.

Angeline’s story begins with her traumatic experience of “corrective rape” when she is lured by an online predator, then traces her childhood through her sexual and spiritual awakening as a teen — falling in love, breaking up, coming out, and then being forced into conversion therapy.

Sometimes dark, always threadbare and honest, Funny Gyal chronicles how Angeline’s faith deepens as a teenager, despite her parents’ conservative values and the strict Christian Jamaican society in which she lives, giving her the courage to challenge gender violence, rape culture, and oppression.


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Writing your story is a great step in documenting the heroic journey of life as a proud Jamaican Lesbian. Angeline’s story is unique but yet has the power to break barriers for many who may feel that they don’t have a voice. Living authentically queer under the rubrics of patriarchy, toxic masculinity, misogyny and religious violence is not an easy feat. I am particularly moved by her consistency, resistance and ability to reconcile and claim back her Christian faith regardless of the trauma. - Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder & CEO House Of Rainbow

Readers with similar struggles will find encouragement and comfort in these pages...Searing, tender, and beautifully written. - Kirkus Reviews

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