Straight Jacket

Straight Jacket


'This is an essential read for every gay person on the planet' - Elton John
'A really brilliant and moving read for everybody, especially LGBTQI+ people' - Olly Alexander, star of It's A Sin

Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be - and if not, why not?

Meticulously researched, courageous and life-affirming, Straight Jacket offers invaluable practical advice on how to overcome a range of difficult issues. It also recognizes that this is a watershed moment, a piercing wake-up-call-to-arms for the gay and wider community to acknowledge the importance of supporting all young people - and helping older people to transform their experience and finally get the lives they really want.


'Insightful, inclusive, clever and engaging' - Jeremy Langmead
'Utterly brilliant' - The Guardian


  • This is an essential read for every gay person on the planet.
    Elton John

About the author

Matthew Todd

Matthew Todd is one of the UK's leading gay writers. He was the editor of the UK's bestselling gay magazine, Attitude, between 2008 and 2016 where he won three British Society of Magazine Editors Editor of the Year Awards, a Stonewall Journalist of the Year Award and was given the Freedom of the City of London. Prince William made history by sitting for the cover of Matthew's final issue as editor.

Matthew's first book, Straight Jacket was voted Boyz LGBT Book of the Year 2017, and has been called 'an essential read for every gay person on the planet' by Sir Elton John, 'utterly brilliant' by Owen Jones and as 'game changing' and 'life saving' by readers.

He has written for national newspapers, including the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph and Sun. He appears regularly on TV and radio and is a regular speaker at conferences and events, including the Terrence Higgins Trust HIV Prevention CHAPS conference. He lives in London. His work appears in This Is Not A Drill (Penguin), Letters to the Earth (Harper Collins) and The Queer Bible (HQ). His second book PRIDE: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement (Welbeck) is out now.
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