The Queer Advantage: Conversations with LGBTQ+ Leaders on the Power of Identity (Hardcover)
Meet the LGBTQ+ dealmakers, trailblazers, and glass-ceiling breakers in business, politics, and beyond.
The people who are creating national public policy, running billion-dollar tech enterprises, and winning Olympic medals. Andrew Gelwicks interviews the leaders who have forged their own paths and changed the world.
- Channeling anger in a positive way -- using it as rocket fuel to succeed
- Leveraging your difference to beget new ideas and strategies
- Bridging generational gaps
- Accessing resources to conquer crippling denial, internalized homophobia, and doubt
- The power of the Internet as a tool of self-discovery
- Using your sensitivity and attunement to read the room, deciding when to fit in and when to stand out
- Finding a queer tribe and learning to help and lean on one another
About the Author
Andrew Gelwicks is a celebrity fashion stylist. He started in the fashion department at GQ, and later worked in celebrity booking for Teen VOGUE. He also has extensive experiences in public relations, marketing and celebrity relations at Hearst Magazines, Michael Kors, and Starworks Group.
His clientele in New York and LA includes a mix of young Hollywood elite and seasoned stars. His extensive portfolio includes working with Tommy Dorfman, Brandon Flynn, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Sistine Stallone, KJ Apa, Nicole Scherzinger, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Lisa Rinna, Tove Lo, Dascha Polanco, Dominique Jackson, Chloe Lukasiak, the Queer Eye cast, Gigi Gorgeous, Josie Canseco, and more.
Andrew has been featured internationally in Forbes, WWD, The Hollywood Reporter, InStyle, Town & Country, People, Life & Style, Amuze, and El País, among others. He was recently named by Bumble as one of the 100 Most Inspiring New Yorkers.
His writing has been published in The Hollywood Reporter, OUT, The Huffington Post, Harper's BAZAAR, Teen VOGUE, among others.
"The search for love, purpose, and identity, is one that we all face and The Queer Advantage is an empowering tool in helping us to find those answers within ourselves."
"Bold and powerful."
"The voices in The Queer Advantage will help us navigate toward the queer future that we urgently need. This important book arrives at the perfect time."
"This collection... feels less like a book of tips from queer power players and more like a series of intimate chats between good friends-that is, if your good friends were LGBTQ+ icons like George Takei, Adam Rippon and Margaret Cho. Offering deeply affecting anecdotes from queer leaders and the life lessons they learned in real time in the worlds of business, tech, sports, entertainment and more, The Queer Advantage encourages readers to find power in their identities."
"I felt understood and seen within seconds of reading The Queer Advantage. Our biggest weaknesses in life can ultimately propel us to our highest potential. This book creates space for queer people to find their community and fosters self-healing, helping to silence the damaging voices we project on ourselves. If I had access to this book in my youth, I would've protected it at all costs."
"From one once-confused Midwestern Jewish kid to another, Andrew Gelwicks has collected powerful personal stories and created an insightful guide to breaking free of confusion and frustration to be our best selves. This book is one that I'll keep coming back to."
"Throughout The Queer Advantage, Andrew Gelwicks and the people he is interviewing make clear that being fully oneself is an advantage, an edge, a benefit to one's individual life and our shared humanity. To be anything but one's full, glorious, gorgeous self would be less than whole and cheapen all of us. This is a book for anyone and everyone, bursting with dynamic conversations and revelations, and challenging all of us to own who we are, love those we love, and expect the best and most out of ourselves, our families, our friends and our society. It is well worth your time. Prepare for laughter, tears, reflection, and hope."
"A really interesting collection of interviews....I'm thankful that the book brought some new faces to my attention....While The Queer Advantage doesn't shy away from the traumas that many queer people face, the focus of the book is on the flip side....It's an interesting read for anyone, as these industry leaders provide some interesting insight into their experience. Of course, I'd especially recommend it for queer individuals who might be inspired by the way these leaders refuse to let their identity hold them back."
"A testament to manifesting the negative energy of being different, wrong, or strange into work that is beautiful and evolutionary."