June is a month of glory, a wonderful opportunity to focus on how we can all support the LGBTQ community. But sometimes, tradition can be monotonous, and it can be easy to move without much purpose or action. Instead, challenge yourself to go beyond the convenient stability of this arrogance, “love is love” and reaffirm your commitment to fight for the real equality and security of the LGBTQ people. We still live in a country where people are not always free to express their gender safely, where family planning for queer and transgender families is policed at every level, and where isolation and homelessness affect LGBTQ people unequally. We cannot allow large quantities of rainbow merchandise to make these issues pink, and it is important that in celebrating our glory, we will not erase these ongoing struggles for equality.
One place to start is the stories that you are reading today and every day. Visit your local LGTBQ-owned store and grab a book about your gender, sexuality and how we can create a world where every sense of the word can be liberated.
Rain Face: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought By Bryona Simon Jones
Inside The face of the rain, Dr. Briona Simon Jones has skillfully created a book of love for black women. The idea seems simple, yet in a racist and sexist world, it is an act of political resistance. At a time when public expressions of love for black women seem low and far-fetched, this collection is an ointment that shows readers that black feminism benefits all of us.
If this ovary can speak By Jamie Kelton and Robin Hopkins
When curious and transgender people want to raise their families, finding information about existing options and the advantages and disadvantages of each can be daunting. The book, turned into a podcast by Kelton and Hopkins, makes the journey feel more accessible and less lonely. By doing this, they also normalize non-traditional theatrical trips that take queer, transgender, segender and heterosexual people for parenting, reminding us that queer liberation creates more space for everyone.
Johnny Applesid By Joshua Whitehead
In this ongoing novel, readers meet Johnny, a bipartisan, bizarre aboriginal man dealing with kinship, sex work, harm, and healing. In a country where many have ancient ideas about Native Americans, jump into the story of this Native era that doesn’t revolve around whiteness.
There is no ash in the fire By Darnell L. Moore
Darnell Moore is a seer. In moments of deep hatred and violence, he saw a future for himself as a queer, black and whole person. In his advocacy, he envisioned a world where all black lives matter. And now as a creative executive, podcast host and writer, she creates a place for curious black people to see themselves as beautiful. There is no ash in the fire “Black and free age share this journey.”
Sex exceeds binary By Alok Vaid-Menon
A controversial aspect of the curiosity experience is the concept of “labels”, and even the acronym LGBTQIA + relies on labels that make many in the community feel silent and neglected. All of these penises originate from binary, and in this pocket-sized book, Vaid-Menon breaks down why the penis is not black or white.
Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr.
Based solely on modern media and publications, one might think that comedy did not exist in the late twentieth century, and certainly not for blacks. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. Inside Prophets, Jones takes readers back to a time in history when being black and witty was unspoken, and those who had the courage to love and be loved were true workers. In this poetic novel, you will meet Isaiah and Samuel, two slaves in Antebellum south fighting for autonomy and fighting each other.
New definition of reality By Janet Mock
Janet Mock has been sharing true stories through hit TV shows for years Gestures And his career as a bestselling writer. But before that, she was a young woman who was trying to make it into an art and a country, who wanted any marginalized person to keep quiet. Inside New definition of reality, Mock, a transgender black and Hawaiian woman, takes us on her journey before entering the spotlight.
Trans Like Mr. By CN Lester
In this collection of essays, Lester, a singer-songwriter, composer, and worker, explores the experiences of transgender people and skillfully breaks down our own gender and how we relate to each other. Since Segender elected officials continue to make extensive decisions about the lives of transgender people, read this book to learn about the most important issues in the community from the perspective of directly affected individuals.
The purpose of power By Alicia Garza
Too often, black women are erased from the details surrounding the work of racial justice. What we now know as the Black Lives Matter movement began as Alicia Garza, a digital love letter posted on Facebook after the assassination of Trivandrum Martin. His words will become hashtags tweeted around the world and a rallying cry for a generation. In this book, he shares the lessons he has learned about organizing and organizing people for church change.
Unprepared By Charlene A. Carruthers
To know where we are going, we need to examine the movements we have come in and come out of Unprepared, Carruthers just that. As the founding national director of Black Youth Project 100, Caruthers has mastered some of the skills to create safe workspaces for curious black youth – and here, he brings his vision to a book that can serve as a guide for any organizer.
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