Queer Community Book Club
2020 hit us all pretty hard. Many of us were struck with deep isolation and a desperate need for community. Worse yet, lockdown came at a time of increased political hostility toward (and within) the LGBTQ+ community. People needed connection more than ever. That's where James Young (He/They) - co-founder of Queery, educator and activist - stepped in and created Queer Community Book Club (QCBC)!
QCBC is founded on 4 core principles -
Community is core - We are a community first and foremost, that uses books to lead us into discussions and connections and a book club second.
Your voice matters - We utilize literature as a means of exploring new perspectives, as well as a way of exploring our own lived experiences.
There is always something new to learn - and that's a beautiful thing!
No book? No problem! - Come as you are and jump into the conversation as the readings we discuss are about our lives. Through the generous donations of supporters, QCBC has offered books to club members. Not being able to afford a book QCBC is reading should NOT stop you from participating if you wish to. Click Here Queer Community Book Club Book Request to find out more about how to get a book donation. If you don't have time to read or don't have a book yet, come for the community instead!
The next few novels we will be reading.
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
By Eli Clare
First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics. Eli Clare's revelatory writing about his experiences as a white disabled genderqueer activist/writer established him as one of the leading writers on the intersections of queerness and disability and permanently changed the landscape of disability politics and queer liberation. With a poet's devotion to truth and an activist's demand for justice, Clare deftly unspools the multiple histories from which our ever-evolving sense of self unfolds. His essays weave together memoir, history, and political thinking to explore meanings and experiences of home: home as place, community, bodies, identity, and activism. Here readers will find an intersectional framework for understanding how we actually live with the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance. At the root of Clare's exploration of environmental destruction and capitalism, sexuality and institutional violence, gender and the body politic, is a call for social justice movements that are truly accessible to everyone. With heart and hammer, Exile and Pride pries open a window onto a world where our whole selves, in all their complexity, can be realized, loved, and embraced.