Vernal Scott was born in 1960's London to Jamaican parents, and is a Christian, gay dad. In the 80s, he initiated the then popular Peoples Group in London, and in 1987, was appointed Head of HIV services for a London borough. He organised the highly successful Reach Out and Touch HIV/AIDS Procession with Flowers, featuring stars such as Whitney Houston. A year later, he invited Dionne Warwick to open his project, the Brent HIV Centre. In 2003 he joined another London borough as their Head of Equality and Diversity, and more recently, joined Naz Project London as a Sexual Health Coordinator. In addition, Vernal is a freelance trainer on unconscious bias and a regular media commentator on Arise TV (UK).
God's Other Children: A London Memoir
A contender for the coveted Polari First Book Prize (UK), this non-fiction emotional roller coaster is earning high praise (see Amazon UK). Vernal Scott's writing is soulful, raw, and unashamedly human.
A deeply engaging 520 pages, the overall mood could be described as dark or even disturbing in places, but the issues are always starkly human: love, hate, and loss; sex, sexuality and ‘coming out’; religion and homosexuality; domestic violence and borderline child chastisement/abuse; divorce; prejudice and equality challenges at home and abroad; gay/lesbian baby-making and parenting; family court; teen depression and suicidal bids. Even voodoo and the paranormal make a surprising (and very convincing!) appearance, as does the likes of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, and celebrities such as Whitney Houston and others. In their respective forewords, Peter Tatchell, refers to it as “painful and shocking in its exposure of raw prejudice.” Sir Nick Partridge describes the book as “remarkable, sobering and powerful.”
Scott relives the truly horrific impact of HIV and AIDS on both gay and heterosexual communities. With 75 million people directly affected around the globe, his book captures the essence and relevance of World AIDS Day and the actual experiences of the men, women and children behind the horrendous statistics. It makes tearful, heartbreaking reading...especially when AIDS comes home...