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60 LGBT who have changed the world

A tribute to LGBT + heroes and heroines who have changed our lives

Über den Projekt

History is filled with LGBT+ heroes who aren’t often talked about.

In school, our history or citizenship classes never mentioned any LGBT+ historical figures, which made it seem like there were none. It felt like, for the whole of history before us, there were no remarkable people who were visibly LGBT+, who fought for rights and respect. Of course, this is partly because it had been illegal to be LGBT+ until very recently, so it would be hard for heroes to be visible in the past.

The United States has been celebrating LGBT History Month for over twenty years. French illustrator Florent Manelli launched the similar project in France - through a book, an exhibition, a website - to make known LGBT + people who have changed the history, the world, and therefore our lives.

ALL THE PROJECT (the book, the exhibition, the site) will be translated into ENGLISH, ENGLISH and FRENCH. HERE IN ULULE, you can support the financing of the project.
Each support will bring money to an NGO that fights against LGBTphobias (SOS Homophobie), and you can also choose a level of support that allows offering a book in a library where children and adults can know those heroes and heroines who "changed the world"…
Obviously, there are millions of people who did that, but those are the inspiring ones that we should know first.


Florent Manelli has painted 60 portraits of LGBT + people (lesbians, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex ...), activists or artists, unknown or super-popular, living or dead. Among these drawings are key American legends, such as Marsha P. Johnson, trans woman, one of the initiators of the Stonewall riots in 1969, or Brenda Howard, bisexual woman who organized the first Pride March in New York. But also activists from all over the world, like Jean Chong, a lesbian woman who advocates in Singapore for the rights of homosexuals where she faces life imprisonment; the lawyer Alice Nkom who is fighting in Cameroon against the criminalization of homosexuality; Bamby Salcedo helps trans latinas people to emigrate to the United States ... The artist also gives a spotlight on the pioneers of French LGBT history, via Jean Le Bitoux, Guy Hocquenghem or, as well as the "today's" like Adrian de la Vega or Giovanna Rincon ...

Each portrait corresponds to a biography, written in collaboration with  the journalist Jérémy Patinier, allows a contextualization, a discovery or even a re-discovery of these lives ... The colors of color chosen to accompany the portraits take the colors of the LGBT flag . The different graphic styles of the artist will come to make the portraits alive, and almost iconic.

Pedagogical, informative, sensitive, this book will pay tribute to the merit of those who fought for the LGBT community, to remember the path traveled and those who have traced this path but also the one that remains to Browse. This book will dramatically highlight those who have fought and are fighting every day to create a more inclusive and tolerant world.


In this global project, which includes a book, published by LGBT french editor “DES AILES SUR UN TRACTEUR” (54 books : ), an exhibition available for associations and a website that will promote "the month of LGBT history +", will be put to the honor first 60 people :

  • From Europe: Guy Hocquenghem, Didier Lestrade, Jean Le Bitoux, Nikolaï Alekseev, Olly Alexander, Pedro Zerolo, Louis-Georges Tin, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Igor Kochetkov, Giovanna Rincon, Daniel Defert, Adrian de la Vega, Clemence Zamora Cruz, Anne-Marie Thus and Helene Faassen, Magnus Hirschfeld
  • From North America: Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Keith Haring, Brenda Howard, Mary Bonauto, Anohni, Harvey Milk, Craig Rodwell, Bayard Rustin, Gilbert Baker, Faisal Alam, Alexis Musanganya, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Renee Richard, Kye Allums, Aydian Dowling, Edith Windsor, Larry Kramer, Sylvester, Blair Imani, Hida Viloria
  • From South America - Caribbean: Bamby Salcedo, Marielle Franco, Dexter Pottinger, Joleen Mataele
  • From Asia: Jean Chong, Chi Chia-Wei, Manvendra Singh Gohil, Harish Iyer, Xulhaz Mannan, Hiroko, Taiga Ishikawa, Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
  • From Africa and the Middle East: Hande Kader, Alice Nkom, George Azzi, Hamed Sinno, Mounir Baatour, Bouhdid Belhadi, Frank Mugisha, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Zanele Muholi, Bertho Makso, Simon Nkoli

Wofür ist das eingesammelte Geld?

  • Edition: proofreading, graphic design, translation
  • Expeditions: Envelope management, envelopes, miscellaneous expenses related to shipping (subscription to the Dilicom bookseller network, mailings to the BNF, Electre ...)
  • Printing: almost 5 € per copy (the more orders we have, the more we can lower the printing price, the shipping costs of our printer ...)
  • Copyright
  • Press relations
  • Promo on social networks
  • Distribution
  •      Ulule fees
  •      Editing goodies

Über den Projektträger

Originally from Perpignan in the south of France, Florent Manelli, 28 years old, shares his time as an illustrator with the GoodPlanet Foundation of Yann Arthus-Bertrand. At the age of 14, upon discovering the work of Andy Warhol, he decided to take an interest in the visual arts.
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"Craftsman Publisher" specialized in LGBT +++ book projects, "wings on a tractor" give visibility to popular or intellectual and militant projects, without restriction of form: essays, chronicles and debates, comics, books for children and books of artists ...

The publisher already has two years and more than 50 titles in the catalog ! 10 have been realized thanks to crowdfunding on ulule.
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