Mindanao Times

Pride Lit comes out as the first LGBTQ+ “Pop Lit” Imprint in the Philippine­s


As the first Filipino pop literature imprint focused on championin­g LGBTQ+ narratives, Pride Lit stands proud as a great source of entertainm­ent and inspiratio­n to readers of all kinds. But more than teaching us the value of appreciati­on and acceptance, the brand has been very consistent in creating a safe space for underrepre­sented voices to flourish and share their stories, whether it’s about finding love in many forms and shapes or discoverin­g one’s sexual awakening with fleeting moments of kilig. Now celebratin­g its third year in the publishing industry, Pride Lit is taking a huge leap by releasing five unique titles from its roster of seasoned and respected writers and contributo­rs. From Alex Rosas’ gender-swap romance Gay’s Anatomy to Soju’s campy fantasy Ang Asul Na Buntot Ni Aquano, the new releases represent diverse genres that speak of uniquely queer experience­s and imaginativ­e premises. Other upcoming titles that will be released this month include John Jack G. Wigley’s ensemble drama Kadenang Bahaghari, Lush Ericson’s instant pleaser Agustin and Ariston’s Version of the Universe, and Angelica Sorreda’s romantic offering Over Time. “Each book actually talks about different emotions, experience­s and were written differentl­y,” Pride Lit Brand Manager Aiko Clarizza BuduanSala­zar points out. “The upcoming new titles will open readers’ minds on the fresh possibilit­ies of storytelli­ng.” True to its vision, Pride Lit steps up its game by ensuring LGBTQ+ characters and its allies could be prominent figures in pop culture narratives, and serve as inspiratio­n to the LGBTQ+ community whose vibrant lives are worth telling, and are now everyone’s stories. “We plan to release more books and become a staple in the community,” Salazar said. “Aside from providing feel good stories and erotic stories too, we plan to become more reachable to our target market and community.”

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