Today, our blog guest is Emanuel Xavier, a colleague of ours here at Penguin Random House who works in Special Markets Sales. Outside of work, he’s a dynamo novelist, poet, performer, and activist. Below he clues us into how to support LBGT writing and publishing during Pride Month and beyond.
Lucy Silag: At Penguin Random House, you are the chair of the LGBT Network. What does the PRH LGBT Network do?
Emanuel Xavier: Random House participated in the It Gets Better campaign, and we realized the time was right for us to launch an LGBT group. We created the group to provide a supportive environment to all employees who share the common idea of nurturing workplace diversity and also increase awareness of LGBT authors and books within the community. We wanted to highlight the fact that our company publishes many LGBT books, as well as do more for the LGBT literary community. We have since taken part in The Rainbow Book Fair, sponsored the Lambda Literary Awards, marched in the NYC Pride March and raised thousands for GMHC by participating in the AIDS Walk New York. We also host in-house author events and social mixers and display our LGBT titles in the lobby for National Coming Out Day. It’s important for publishing companies like ours to visibly support LGBT literature.