June is the month of pride, a great opportunity to focus on how we can all support the LGBTQ community. But sometimes tradition can be monotonous and it can be easy to go through the movements without much intention or action. Instead, this pride, challenge yourself to go beyond the convenient linoleum of “love is love” and commit yourself again to fighting for the tangible justice and safety of LBGTQ people. We still live in a country where people are not always free to express themselves safely their gender, where is family planning for strange and transgender families controlled at every level, and where isolation and homelessness affects disproportionately LGBTQ people. We cannot allow an abundance of rainbow goods pinkwash these issues and it is crucial in our celebration of Pride not to erase these ongoing struggles for equality.
One beginning is in the stories you read today and every day. Go to the local store owned by LGTBQ and get a book that will expand your understanding of gender, sexuality and how we can create a world where everyone is free in every sense of the word.
Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought by Briona Simone Jones
IN Mouth of rain, Dr. Briona Simone Jones masterfully prepares an anthology of black women who love black women. The concept seems simple, but in a racist and sexist world it is an act of political resistance. At a time when public displays of love for black women are felt far and wide, this collection is a balm that shows readers that black feminism benefits all of us.
If these ovaries can talk by Jamie Kelton and Robin Hopkins
When strange and transgender people seek to increase their families, it can be overwhelmingly daunting to find information about the existing opportunities and the pros and cons of each. The podcast book by Kelton and Hopkins makes the road feel more accessible and less lonely. In this way, they also normalize the non-traditional journeys to parenthood that strange, transsexual, cisgender and heterosexual people take, reminding us that queer liberation creates more space for all.
Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
In this touching novel, readers encounter Johnny, an ambiguous, strange indigenous population who focuses on kinship, sex work, loss and healing. In a country where too many people have an outdated understanding of Indians, immerse yourself in this story of coming of age that does not revolve around whiteness.
No ashes in the fire by Darnell L. Moore
Darnell Moore is a clairvoyant. In moments of deep hatred and violence, he saw a future for himself as a strange, black and whole man. In his intercession, he imagines a world in which all black lives matter. And now as a creative artist, podcast presenter and author, he builds spaces for strange black people to see themselves as beautiful. There is no ash in the fire shares this journey of “adult Black and Free.”
Beyond gender binary by Alok Wade-Menon
A controversial aspect of the queer experience is the concept of “labels,” and even the acronym LGBTQIA + relies on labels that leave many in the community feeling muffled and ignored. All of this stems from binary gender information, and in this pocket book Vaid-Menon breaks down why gender is not black or white.
The prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
Only on the basis of modern media and publication, one can think that queerness did not exist before the end of the 20th century and is certainly not for blacks. But this could not be further from the truth. IN The prophetsJones takes readers back to a time in history when being black and weird was indescribable, and those who dared to love and be loved were real activists. In this poetic novel, you will meet Isaiah and Samuel, two enslaved men in the southern part of the anti-belum, who are fighting for autonomy and each other.
Redefining reality by Janet Mock
Janet Mock has been sharing authentic stories for years through the hit TV show Pose and her career as a best-selling author. But before that, she was a young woman trying to become an industry and a country that wanted every marginalized person to remain silent. IN Redefining reality, Mock, a transgender black woman and Hawaiian, takes us on a journey before entering the spotlight.
A trance like me from CN Lester
In this collection of essays, Leicester, a songwriter, composer and activist, explores the transsexual experience and expertly breaks down how we collectively treat our own gender and each other. As the selected employees of cisgender continue make comprehensive decisions about the lives of transgender people, read this book to learn about the most pressing community issues from the perspective of those directly affected.
The purpose of power by Alicia Garcia
So often black women are erased from stories about working for racial justice. What we now know is the Black Lives Matter movement, it all started as a digital love letter that Alicia Garza posted on Facebook after the murder of Tryvon Martin. Her words would become a hashtag, tweeted all over the world and a unifying cry for a generation. In this book, Garza shares the lessons she has learned for organizing and mobilizing people for change.
Unknown by Charlene A. Carruthers
To know where we are going, we need to explore the movements we came from and inside Unknown, Carruthers does just that. As the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100, Caruters has mastered what few can – building safe activist spaces for strange black youth – and here she puts her perspective into a book that can act as a guide for any organizer.
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