Reviews

  • "An essential book... Part sociological polemic and part self-help book, it zones in on some of the issues that disproportionately affect the gay community, from depression and anxiety to drug and alcohol addiction and body and eating disorders. I found myself both deeply upset and hugely relieved by its candour. After reading the book, tender as it is, you can’t help but want to share your own experiences. Consider <i>Straight Jacket</i> a call to arms."

    Independent (i)
  • "Matthew Todd thought he had long since dealt with the demons surrounding his sexuality. In [his] new book, he reveals the crisis of shame facing the gay community – and how to solve it."

    The Observer
  • "<i>Straight Jacket</i> documents Todd’s own childhood experiences, and the long-term mental health and addiction issues he has suffered; he is also using it to call for a government inquiry into the experiences of LGBT children at school."

    Guardian
  • "Matthew Todd dares to shine a light on the dark legacy of gay shame [and] it’s not a pretty sight…There are some uncomfortable and downright terrifying truths to be confronted in Todd’s brilliant, essential new book. It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of <i>Straight Jacket. </i>If you are struggling and want help and don’t know where to look, this book is a great place to start. But even if you’re not, [it]<i> </i>is by far one of the most important books you’ll read this year."

    Gay Community News Ireland