Congratulations to Alexis Caught, whose debut non-fiction book Queer Up: An Uplifting Guide to LGBTQ+ Love, Life and Mental Health is published by Walker Books today.
In this empowering and uplifting book, Alexis sets out to help queer and curious teenagers explore their LGBTQ+ identity and understanding. Alongside his personal experiences are first-hand stories from notable LGBTQ+ figures, providing a inclusive account of what it means to grow up queer. With chapters on questioning, coming out, friends and family, love, sex, shame, pride and allyship, this is insightful, thoughtful and reassuring book is essential reading for any questioning teen and their allies looking to support them.
Alexis Caught is an award-winning podcaster, writer, speaker, model and rugby player. His areas of passion and expertise are mental health and wellness, the millennial struggle, and the queer community. As a writer, he has had viral hits for Attitude magazine and the Mirror, while also being a featured author in the best-selling mental health book It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue, with his essay The Thread Of Sadness already being used by schools to educate on homophobia and mental health.
His podcast series, Qmmunity, a long form documentary series that explores queer topics in depth, won silver at the National Podcast awards 2019. An “ethical digital influencer”, he uses his platform to engage in conversations about mental health and wellbeing, LGBTQ+ rights, and politics – which led to him advising the emergency response line charity Shout! on how they can better support queer people with their services. He was the first queer brand ambassador for ASOS, and has been the face of GlamGlow, Ugg and Remmington.