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Leeds Mini LGBT+ Lit Fest took place on Saturday 15th February 2020 during LGBT History Month at Leeds Central Library.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather and issues with transport, Luke Turner was not able to attend.

Yvy DeLuca

Tainted Beauty, 11am-12noon

Yvy DeLuca describes herself as a delicious Yvycake made up of an assortment of ingredients designed to stimulate the mind, as well as satisfy a hunger for self-expression. As a proud Indian transgender woman, Yvy uses written and video blogs to talk about trans issues by using #LetsTalkAboutTrans and uses her social media to spread awareness and support for the LGBTQ community.

Tainted Beauty is a heartfelt, sexy and hilarious no-holds-barred look into the life of a woman who isn't afraid to tell it like it is.

Interview by Leeds Queer Film Fest's Olivia Thomas.

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Luke Turner

Out of the Woods, 12.30-1.30pm

Luke Turner's critically-acclaimed memoir Out of the Woods, a reflection on sexuality, masculinity and the relationship between humans and 'nature' is his first book. Out Of The Woods was shortlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize for nature writing, longlisted for the Polari Prize for first book by an LGBT+ writer, and Turner has been selected by Val McDermid as one of 10 most important LGBT+ writers for a British Council and National Centre for Writing initiative. He is co-founder and editor of The Quietus and writes for a variety of publications.

Interview by Leeds LGBT+ Book Club and Leeds Bi Group's Emily Metcalfe.

Meg-John Barker

Rewriting the Rules, 2-3pm

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and If You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice.

(Photograph by Fox Fisher)

Interview by Trans Pride Leeds' Robin Clewer.

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