Author(s): Michael Amherst
Michael Amherst makes a powerful argument that the enforcement of strict categories of sexuality, even when intended to be liberating, is restrictive and othering.
At a time when half of all young people in the UK identify as not exclusively straight, Go the Way Your Blood Beats is a timely exploration of how we talk about love and desire.
Discussions of sexual and gender fluidity are increasingly common and nuanced in the public sphere. Yet we still so often insist on fitting people’s experiences into one of, at best, three categories – gay, bi or straight.
In fact, even bisexuality is often dismissed as an experimental phase, or a stopping point on the way to coming out as gay – an erasure that comes from gay as well as straight communities. Should we then refuse labels? Or with sectors of society (most recently the Birmingham LGBT education controversy) still insisting sexuality should be kept behind closed doors, is it important to claim them?
Winner of the 2019 Stonewall Book Award: Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Book Award, celebrating exceptional LGBT literary talent.
Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His work has been published internationally, including in the Guardian, New Statesman, the Spectator, The White Review, and Contrappasso magazine.
He was shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Prize and longlisted for the 2014 BBC Opening Lines and 2015 Bath Short Story Prize. His work has also featured at Stroud Short Stories, the inaugural London LitCrawl and the Accidental Festival at London's Roundhouse.