Exclusive Foyles Launch
23rd October 2012, saw the exclusive launch of ‘Love Me As I Am’ at Foyles, in Charing Cross Road, London.
The launch of Love Me As I Am has been the most anticipated event on our calendar this year and when the date finally arrived, the evening exceeded all expectations, starting with an audience well-over 140 people.
The fantastic pianist Dave Roberts warmed the crowd up and set the tone for the evening. The receptive and empathetic crowd engaged in the most heartfelt and compassionate way with all the speakers, which included contributing authors Christopher Nicholls, John Holt, Robert Ramcharan and Paul Woodward, all of whom shared their letters from the book.
Paul Bradley from Diversity Role Models gave a very moving speech about the work the charity does by tackling homophobic bullying in schools, and Ade Adeniji and Darren Brady (Founder of The Quest) facilitated an insightful conversation between the audience and contributors during the Q&A.
A very special thank you goes to Foyles for their support and encouragement during the entire project, and for hosting the launch event. In particular, we want to thank Andy Quinn, Bill Samuel and David Owen.
Photographs and Audience Feedback
Tara Mahmud – “It’s been a while where a book truly inspires and motivates, giving you the self-confidence to continue your journey no matter how challenging life becomes. Love Me as I am: Gay Men Reflect on their Lives charts some of the poignant moments in the lives of 24 gay men. Their determination to become fully self-actualized, empowered and empowering gay men is uplifting. What’s more, profits made from the sale of the book are donated to charity!”
Hannah Jordan – “It was really moving, interesting and, above all else, inspiring. Sitting at the back, I could see people in the room nodding in agreement at various points, and when I left all of the comments I overheard I were extremely positive. This really is such an amazing achievement. You should be so proud of yourself. I wish you every success with the book, and the project as a whole (connecting people who can help with those who need help, the theatre event which sounds great and the discussion of where to go next).
Thanks very much for inviting me to the launch, I was really pleased to be there – sorry I cried!“
Heidi Hutchence – “It was a privilege to have been there. Thank YOU for a beautiful, moving and very special evening.”
Denise Braun – “Went to Book launch “Love me as I am gay men reflect on their lives”. All profits from book go to Diversity Role Models charity which works with young people . Several people spoke about their life experiences and I was very moved by their struggles and their bravery. Thank you Ade, Darren and Francois for enabling a beautiful evening.”
David Nathan – “A brilliant evening at the book launch for Love Me As I Am at Foyles. I feel privileged to be a part of a group of fellow gay men who are interested in having our community experience a transformation by sharing their true life stories and I thank Ade, Darren and Francois for a book that’s an important part of the journey we’re on to be fully self-actualized, empowered and empowering gay men.”
Anna Falconer – “Brilliant event…well done you!”
Yeshim Feridun Harris – “Great event, great book. Congratulations!”
Jo – “Terrific event…. What powerful letters which resonate at such a deep level. I can’t wait to read the rest of them. Congratulations!”
Bill – “It was one of the most moving, and inspirational, events I’ve been to in [the] gallery”
Niv Ben-Yehuda – “Went to this event last night, was touching, bought the book.”
Jacqueline Ann Scott-Burgin – “What a wonderful evening.”
Phil – “Congratulations. You should be very proud. It was a special evening.”
Andy – “It was the most fabulous evening.”
Temmy – “I enjoyed the book launch. You guys have done an outstanding job and people’s stories of their journeys, affirming. Well done.”
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