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Aesop unveils Queer Library in Sydney and Melbourne stores

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To celebrate Australia’s pride festivities, Aesop has opened a ‘Queer Library’ in Melbourne from February 2 to 8 which will be followed by another in Sydney from February 23 to March 1.

Aesop stores in Fitzroy and Paddington will be cleared to showcase over 5000 copies of works from 60 LGBTQIA+ authors and allies. The genres will span fiction, non-fiction and poetry in order to raise awareness and empathy. Visitors will be able to take home a complimentary book of their choice, regardless of whether they buy anything.

Works from transgender writer and historian Dr Yves Rees and author Ellen van Neerven, of Mununjali and Dutch heritage along with writer Benjamin Law, indigenous author Gary Lonesborough and poet and filmmaker, Jazz Money of Wiradjuri heritage are some of those who will be showcased as part of this installation. 

To compose the Aesop Queer Library, the company’s staff across retail and office teams around Australia were asked to recommend their most-loved queer authors and titles. The books have been purchased from queer bookstores such as Hares&Hyenas in Melbourne and The Bookshop in Sydney as a way of supporting independent businesses.

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