If you haven't heard of it yet, you soon will. New book OUT is a memoir that chronicles Scott McGlynn's years of being bullied and how he overcame them. Examining his childhood – growing up and learning about self acceptance, McGlynn's literary mission is to put a stop to bullying. McGlynn’s autobiographical account chronicles his challenges with peer pressure, and coming to terms with his sexuality at a young age gives readers a personal glimpse into a young man's life and his ability to accept himself. Candid talked with the writer about his first book and about his ultimate goal of inspiring people of all walks of life to be proud of who they are.
Congratulations on your new book. How long has it been in the making?
Thank you very much. It has been nearly a year, but now it's out there. The response has been amazing. Knowing I'm making a difference in peoples lives is the best feeling in the world!
Tell us about your book tour. Where have you gone? Who have you met?
It's gone great! I've done radio shows from Liverpool, Leeds, Cardiff to America; TV shows for Made with Pride and Made in Cardiff and now I'm going around libraries and youth centres doing Q&As. I have some dates coming to London soon – making it a mini UK tour.
Do you have a go-to power wardrobe for touring?
I have. When on tour, I love wearing black. I feel smart and confident. It also depends where I am at the time. I recently wore an H&M white shirt with blue jeans to an event, keeping it casual smart.
What are your favourite brands?
I love my Guess accessories – bags and sunglasses. Also I love Ralph Lauren, Fred Perry and my Calvin Klein underwear.
What’s the most revealing thing you learned about yourself when writing the book?
I have come a long way from then until now. You keep growing and learning everyday.
You aim to tackle bullying. What are your own experiences with bullying and how can OUT help?
It's an autobiographical book of my life – all of the bullying I went through from high school right up until work. The book can help and relate to anyone who has been bullied in their life. Young people today get cyber bullied a lot, which is horrific! My aim is to stop bullying all together.
Have you encountered any of your childhood bullies as a grownup?
No I haven't seen anyone from school or college, only the people I kept in contact with over the years. I'm not around a lot where I grew up and I only go back to visit my parents.
What other social issues can readers expect to wrestle with in the book?
It’s mostly about school, though I do mention moving to the city and loving the nightlife, as well as some heartbreaks and finding love.
How long to you think it will take for people to not judge people based on sexuality/care about sexuality – especially on a global scale? Growing up in a small Welsh town is no doubt difficult, but what about growing up in a country where homosexuality is still illegal?
I think it's never going to be easy. When coming to a friend or family, it's nerve-racking. I think now in work places it’s very accepting. I have friends that work at MAC and Illamasqua – cosmetics guys wearing full-on make-up. They look amazing! The world today is all about diversity and it should be worldwide!
Russia. Don't get me started! A lot of hatred is going on in that country. They should change the law so that no one lives in fear.
I did read an article this week about a gay couple in Britain getting abused and beaten up. This has to stop. It’s disgusting. We have other things in the world that need more attention than someone's sexuality or someone being different.
For many, this book is far too short. Will you be penning a sequel?
The book isn't massively long, only because young people don't really read book these days and I wanted it to get straight to the point and make it an easy read! The feedback from people has already been amazing and makes me very happy.
I have got some ideas for a sequel, yes. I’m thinking of doing a gay relationship story, more fiction-based on a true story.
Will we see you at London Collections Men?
I would love to come, as fashion is another passion of mine! I might see you there.
We have three copies of OUT to give away. For a chance to win a copy, tweet us with the hashtag #OUTwithCandid. Full Terms & Conditions below.
- Competition promoter is: Candid Magazine.
- Competition will close on June 15th. Entries sent after the closing date will not be considered.
- To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must tweet to @CandidMagazine with the hashtag #OUTwithCandid
- Winners will be selected randomly from all valid entries by Candid Magazine.
- Competition is open to UK residents only.
- Prize 1 (one) winner will receive the following: 1 (one) OUT book by Scott McGlynn.
- The prize will be delivered to the winners within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address.
- Winners will be notified via Twitter’s direct messaging service so entrants must also be following @CandidMagazine in the event of winning. If the entrant isn’t following when the winner is announced will render the competition void.
- Failure to reply to notification within two weeks renders the competition void.
- Should this product be unavailable at the time of purchase for the winner, the promoter reserves the right to substitute with an alternative of equal or greater value.
- Specifications are subject to change from the manufacturer without notice.
- All prizes will be delivered within 28 working days from the date the promoter receives confirmation of the delivery address from the winner.
- There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable may not be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
- Winner’s name, address and contact details will be requested for prize fulfilment.
- Candid Magazine’s decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered into.