A night of speed dating for ladies seeking ladies who’d rather be judged by their book cover, I Like Your Glasses: Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating with coverspy is back on Tuesday, June 24! Glasses not actually required, of course. Get your ticket now, our speed dating events always sell out.
Poster illustration and design by artsparrow.
What would you do if marrying the person you love meant 14 years in jail? What if something as simple as holding hands with someone of the same sex meant losing your right to health care?14 years in jail? That is the situation LGBT individuals in Nigeria now face following the passage of one of the most punishing anti-gay laws ever seen. Housing Works is standing in solidarity with LGBT Nigeria. That’s why we’re heading to the Nigerian consulate to demand the repeal of this horrific law. But even if you cannot join us you can still join the fight against Nigeria’s harsh anti-LGBT law.
Housing Works is taking action by providing housing, health care, and legal support to LGBT activists from Nigeria, Uganda, and other nations who have come to the U.S. to escape imprisonment and violence for the way they live. To change social norms at home, these individuals must live openly and in safety, so we are doing our part to help them continue their vital advocacy work.
You can help! With you by our side, we will ensure that the hatred and violence Nigerians are facing abroad doesn’t last. Let’s build a sanctuary where love can’t be threatened.
Donate to the project at Housing Works Asylum Project | RocketHub. Every little bit helps!
What would you do if marrying the person you love meant 14 years in jail? What if something as simple as holding hands with someone of the same sex meant losing your right to health care?
14 years in jail? That is the situation LGBT individuals in Nigeria now face following the passage of one of the most punishing anti-gay laws ever seen. Housing Works is standing in solidarity with LGBT Nigeria. That’s why on Friday we’re heading to the Nigerian consulate to demand the repeal of this horrific law. (via Love’s Sanctuary)
I know we mostly talk about books and other things here, but this is a reminder of what’s behind everything we do here at the bookstore, which is the advocacy and life-saving services of Housing Works. This fight is important, and you can help. Click the links above for more information about Nigeria.
"The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things."
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Anonymous said: John Green voice but with genderqueer and/or lesbians at least in their twenties. Is this a thing that exists?
It totally exists. Although I’m not sure what “John Green voice” is, but here’s a stab:
Terry Castle’s The Professor is non-fiction, but definitely addresses young, non-teen, queer love. The title essay is about Castle’s relationship with a female professor while she was in graduate school.
Are you cool with comics? You might try Calling Dr. Laura, which is partly about weird family issues, but partly about a 22-year-old in a lesbian relationship. It’s also very much about Portland, which is fun. Also Love and Rockets, Alison Bechdel, if you like comics.
It’s almost definitely not John Green voice, but Eileen Myles’ Inferno: a poet’s novel. Give it a shot. Also you should just subscribe to Emily Books.
Any other ideas, Tumblr?
"The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."
A night of speed dating for ladies seeking ladies who’d rather be judged by their book cover (glasses not required)! Bring your current or favorite book and meet other readers. Hosted by CoverSpy. Tickets are $15 and include a drink (beer or wine) and 10% off all books that night; 100% of proceeds go to Housing Works’ mission to fight homelessness and AIDS. Registration required, so we can make sure there’s someone for everyone to check out (library pun intended). Open to all ages and literary tastes. You will be asked to submit age and some information about your reading preferences with the ticket confirmation information and will be seated according to those details. (via I Like Your Glasses: Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy - Events — Housing Works)
This is TOMORROW! There are still a few spots left, don’t miss your chance at literary love.
This week at the bookstore! Pride, music, and novelists!
- Tonight we welcome Dawes and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irions for a sold-out benefit concert. Sorry, no tickets will be released at the door. Don’t miss the next show, sign up for our newsletter!
- Tomorrow, Tuesday, we host "The Audacious Debut" with Bill Cheng (Southern Cross the Dog) and Derek Palacio (How to Shake the Other Man). Sure to be an interesting conversation based on this GIF by Ben Tuttle, don’t miss it.
- And on Wednesday our I Like Your Glasses with CoverSpy is back with a special Pride Week Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating! We have a handful of tickets left (registration is required so we can match y’all up) for this event for those who totally judge by the book cover.
- Thursday we welcome a novelist, memoirist, and poet for our Pride Week Reading! How can you resist the combination of a retelling of Shakespeare, poems title Hustler Rave XXX, and a memoir about growing up butch in the Bronx? You can’t.
A handful of tickets left for I Like Your Glasses: Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating this Wednesday! The last installment of this event in February was an absolute blast, attendees told us it was the best speed dating event they’d been to. Get your ticket now!
Illustration and design by the ever-amazing Andrea Sparacio.