Last week, the white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos, notorious for his misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic, and racist rants, announced he had signed a $250,000 book deal with the Simon and Schuster imprint Threshold Editions.

While publishers undeniably have the right to acquire and profit from any book they wish, they also bear an essential responsibility to promote civil discourse and reject hate speech that is often a precursor to violence. Even as publishers tout the diversity of voices they publish, they should not enable the work of a writer whose diatribes bludgeon women, transgender people, queer people, people of color, or anyone else.

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. Furthermore, if Yiannopoulos’s forthcoming book, Dangerous, contains the same hateful rhetoric that got him banned from Twitter and earned him widespread condemnation—including from the LGBTQ community he claims to be 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.

Lambda Literary calls on readers and reviewers to ignore his book. Instead we encourage everyone to read these recently released and forthcoming books that illuminate the LGBTQ experience with intelligence and compassion:

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3 Responses to “Lambda Literary Condemns Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal”

  1. 11 January 2017 at 11:33 AM #

    Why are you telling us what to read? Milo is arguably harsher than he could be, but aren’t we exaggerating his views just a teeny, weensy bit? Ranting is just his way of expressing himself. He may mock many of his fellow LGBTQA+ compadres, but like Trump, his words are empty at the core. Maybe simply ignoring, and thereby silencing, ranters like Milo is the best thing to be done for those of us who care what they think. However, I would encourage readers to sample his book, and find out for themselves exactly what’s wrong with Milo and why. We shouldn’t put labels on others if we expect not to be labeled ourselves. I personally want to take a close look at his message in the book (although it may be difficult to sort from all his angry ranting) and weigh his words against my own judgement. Maybe his book is trash. So what? I want the satisfaction of dismissing it myself, without input from others. Of course, I intend to read some of the books recommended on your list of alternatives as well.

    • 17 January 2017 at 1:12 PM #

      So this is what passes for open minded for you people?

  2. 30 March 2017 at 2:49 PM #

    This blurb seems to me nothing more than a call for censorship couched in politically correct terms. While I come down on the liberal or leftist side of most political issues, based on watching virtually all of the Milo clips available on u-tube I find your characterization of him (white supremacist, misogynist, etc.) unjustified. Indeed, it exemplifies the charge he levels, along with others on the right, that leftists who cannot effectively address his arguments simply label him with negative terms. I find him intelligent, articulate, and a very skilled debater. His major fault, in my opinion, is a shifting between the roles of entertainer and journalist as it suits his polemical purposed. Milo has said that when his book sees the light of day (and it will given the profits any publisher can anticipate from the controversy he generates) his critics will be surprised by its analytical and even-handed nature.

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