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“Dumlao’s The Wisdom of Guncles is a loving, empathetic ode to queer people and the emotional power they have to teach and guide their own families to make a better world.” — Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, authors of Legendary Children
Are you the black sheep in your family who chafes at traditions and seeks examples of how to redefine them?
The Wisdom of Guncles is about queer people and their relationship with family — however they choose to define it. Featuring a diverse pantheon of gay uncles (“guncles”) and other queer mentors, their stories offer unique perspectives about life, love, and personal empowerment.
With each chapter, Dumlao examines what various LGBTQ+ experiences teach about disrupting norms, exploring identity, and creating chosen families that affirm one’s truth. Readers will ponder questions such as:
- How do I challenge and change traditions that hide those that are different?
- If I choose to never dim my light, will I become a beacon for others lost in the dark?
- How will recovering past stories and unsung heroes help us create a better future?
- How can I leave a space more welcoming that how I found it?
The Wisdom of Guncles shares ten powerful journeys, each bearing knowledge honed through struggle and triumph, on living with audacious authenticity and compassion. While these narratives are unapologetically queer, they hold universal lessons about the human condition that, like all stories about family, are grounded in love.
“The Wisdom of Guncles gifts us ten stories of queer lives and celebrates the diverse perspectives and lived experiences they have to offer the next generation. I’m grateful to Michael and these ten souls for living out loud and sharing their wisdom, and you will be too.” — Steven Rowley, bestselling author of The Guncle
“Bold, powerful, and immensely inspiring. Through the stories in The Wisdom of Guncles I feel not just seen and accepted, but celebrated and valued.” — Andrew Gelwicks, author of The Queer Advantage
About the Author
Michael Dumlao (he/they) is an artist, author, and activist equipped with more than twenty-one years of advancing diversity, equity, and social justice through award-winning brand strategy, digital marketing, and creative storytelling in corporate, federal, academic, and non-profit environments. He led the rebrand of a Fortune 500 company as its first Director of Brand and serves as a senior advisor for leaders in defense and intelligence.
Michael was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sydney, Australia, schooled in Santa Barbara, California; residing in Washington DC with his Peruvian husband Daniel and their rescue dog, America. He is the proud guncle to more than fifty far-flung niblings and protégés to whom his debut book, The Wisdom of Guncles, is dedicated.