“I felt that blush in my chest as we talked stupid talk never quite revealing our queerness to each other but somehow wordlessly generating volumes of desire like some kind of sublanguage that makes you want to splash into it even with all its tensions.”
Recently, I asked tumblarians to suggest adult LGBT books, and boy, did they! I’ve compiled all of the suggestions into one easy-to-use goodreads list. I encourage you to vote your favorites to the top (currently they’re in alphabetical order by author) and add others to the list.
Even head-to-head with our friends at Hey Queen! we had a good crowd and raised some funds for the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and your support is greatly appreciated.
The Bureau is still seeking a permanent home, and in the meantime you can visit them at their pop-up shop at the Cage to buy some books, and you can still donate online here.
…All of the writers mentioned in this paragraph, whose books occupy the very top level of prestige and repute, are straight.
Even those gay writers who are successful and able to bring LGBT characters to the shelves at bookstores and the pages of book reviews most often represent a very specific sort of experience. “A marriage plot novel about privileged white gay men is not going produce the same apprehension as a novel about the struggles of a transgender anarchist,” said Justin Torres, the openly gay author of the novella We the Animals. “I, for one, would happily curl up with either, but would both books, if equally well written, receive the same reception from mainstream publishing?”
Read more about queer lit, prestige and diversity at the link, including thoughts from Justin Torres, Tom Léger, Alexander Chee, Sarah Schulman and more.
First, a huge, huge round of applause to the Continental Lounge in Chicago for opening their doors for us at the very last minute, and all of our fantastic performers, volunteers, and attendees for taking the change in stride and helping get the word out. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Comics week at Lambda Literary was kicked off today with a great bunch of comics creators listing their favorites! There’s some obvious classic picks, but also a great number of books I’ve never heard of! Check it out!
Once again, we have the obligatory blog post about what you need to do at this year’s ALA Annual Conference. If you want more information you can check out the official ALATT party list from Lauren Bradley and my partner Jp Porcaro already put together his list of things to do at ALA so…
I started Que(e)ry three years ago, because I was inspired by the work of our sister organization The Desk Set. (The Desk Set is a group of New York City area librarians, archivists, bibliophiles and other bookish types who meet informally to explore and enjoy literary resources, connect with like-minded folks, and raise money for institutions who promote literacy.) At their biggest annual event, the Biblioball, in 2009, I noticed how many queer folks were at the ball and decided that NYC needed a party for queer librarians. At the same time, I saw an email on an archives listserv from the Tom of Finland Foundation pleading to the community for fundraising ideas so that they could keep their lights on and their collection secure. From there, Que(e)ry was born. Que(e)ry provides a safe space for LGBTQ information professionals, raises awareness about and fundraises for unique queer collections, dispels stereotypes of rigid librarians, and advocates against censorship.
Hi! I'm a big fan of Que(e)ry and I'm wondering if you ever collaborate with emerging theatre and dance companies focused on social justice. I am working on a dance play and accompanying workshop series that address relationship abuse in queer communities. Can you help us spread the word? Our show is at WOW Cafe May 9-11, and we're having a sneak preview/workshop/networking event on April 8. Thanks for considering!
Hi there, glad to hear you are a fan and feeling flattered. we would be happy to help spread the word, send us a link?
<3 Tara (random queery librarian logging in to the tumblr on Friday night).
Thanks to everyone who came to Story Time with the Que(e)ry Librarians last night at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! And thanks also to our lovely readers. We had a great time and hope you did too.
For those who asked, here’s a list of the selections we heard last night, with links to worldcat to help you find a copy in a local library or bookstore:
Barbara Gittings was a librarian, gay rights activist, and editor of lesbian magazine The Ladder, published by the Daughters of Bilitis. She marched with Frank Kameny in Washington DC, she helped get the American Psychological Association to remove homosexuality from the DSM, and she…