Time names 'Fairyland is for Everyone' project coordinator among 100 most influential people in the world


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Time magazine named Dorottya Rédai, the coordinator of the Hungarian book project "Fairyland is for Everyone" (Meseország mindenkié) published by Labrisz Lesbian Association in 2020, as one of the people on its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Rédai is also a research fellow of the CEU Democracy Institute.

The book contains 17 fairy tales by 17 contemporary authors with diverse characters from various marginalized or disadvantaged groups. The stories, based on well-known fairy and folk tales, address a number of "taboo" or "sensitive" issues, including same-sex love, gender transition, child adoption, child neglect, partner violence, death of a parent, social exclusion based on "difference", and transgressing gender stereotypes. The book aims to help parents and teachers talk about such topics with children aged 6-12. Since its first publication in September 2020 "Fairyland is for Everyone" has been sold in over 30,000 copies and will be published in eight European languages next year.

“Being included in the TIME100 list is a great honor for me and Labrisz, because it means international acknowledgement of the enormous work devoted to this project,” said Rédai regarding her inclusion in the TIME100 list. “It is a great encouragement to continue in the face of the extremely hostile political environment we are currently living in. It sends the message that what we are doing is very important, and I hope it will inspire other activists in the region to continue working on LGBT+ issues even if it is hard, exhausting and sometimes seems scary or hopeless.”

Rédai received the Emma Golden Snowball Award in 2020 for her activist and academic work, and the Hatter Award in 2021 for her work for the Hungarian LGBT+ community. Her current research interests include gender equality in education, childhood politics, anti-gender movements, the restriction of LGBT+ rights, and democratic backsliding in the CEE region.

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