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Songs of Irie  Asha Ashati BromfieldWednesday Books$20 Jamaica; 1976; warring political factions are coming to violence pre-election around the lives of Irie, whose Daddy runs a record shop in an impoverished area of Kingston, and Jilly, privileged daughter of a wealthy politician living in a mansion on the heights of the capital city. They’ve just graduated…

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Q+ Equality Foundation Expands Q+ Workplace Designation

Launched in Q4 2022 as a 501(c)(3), the mission of Q+ Equality Foundation is to empower Q+ talent and cultivate workplaces where inclusivity thrives, and every identity is celebrated. Q+ Equality Foundation strives to serve as a nexus between students, colleges, businesses, and Q+ professionals. Currently, over 1.2 million Q+ individuals join the workforce each year…

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Books: 741

Night of the Living QueersEd. Shelly Pag and Alex BrownWednesday Books$12 YA Horror anthology with 13 tales spanning a rainbow of frissons; goose-bump raising to slapstick candy corn. Some end happily, others…don’t. Ryan Douglas’s “Knicknack” concerns a revenant party clown, killed by a boy’s cruel prank, who now kidnaps and kills local kids. Tonight, he’s…

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Inverse Cowgirl: A MemoirAlicia Roth WeigelHarperOne$18.99 Moving, powerful; a lived look at the least understood position on the GLBTQIA+ spectrum. An earlier amniocentesis had shown XY chromosomes, yet baby Wiegel appeared with a vagina (though no ovaries or uterus). Doctors diagnosed with “complete androgen insensitivity syndrome” (CAIS). The ”problem” was, and is still to a…

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Dreaming HomeLucian ChildsBiblioasis$16.95 One chance instant can reverberate through decades, for good or ill. Cruel or kind may hinge on the flip of a coin. Here, 12-year-old Rachel and her pal find Kyle, Rachel’s 15-year-old brother, drawing from a gay porno magazine. Teasing might have done for some sibs, but Rachel and Kyle are being…

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The Search For Love: An Interview With Raymond Luczak

Here’s a funny, gay, “small world” story. In the 1990s, years before I actually met Raymond Luczak, we were both published in the long-running (1976-1995) gay culture magazine Christopher Street. In fact, “Lincoln Avenue,” the short story of mine published in the issue of Christopher Street which featured Luczak’s “Notes of a Deaf Gay Poet” article…

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Light Come Out of the Closet: Memoir of a Gay SoulRoger Leslie, PhDParadise Publishing House$19.95 Leslie grew up in a close-knit, Polish-American family with parents committed to their children’s Catholic schooling. His firmly held three absolutes: “I love God; I love my family; I am gay.” He adroitly leads the reader through the fear and…

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Drag Story Time Happening in Chaska This Saturday

There will be a Drag Story Time in Chaska. It is happening regardless of what you’ve seen on social media. It will take place at a children’s clothing store, called Little Roo’s on Saturday, July 8 at 11:00AM. Local drag performer Miz Diagnosis will read two books at this free event. One of the books…

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Birnam WoodEleanor CattonFarrar, Straus and Giroux$28 A guerilla gardening group–or at least its leader, Mira, schemes to use of a farmland isolated by a landslide that has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island. Mira is ruthless in her usurpation of other folks’ land to grow renegade crops, but is she up to…

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Fat Off Fat On: A Big Bitch ManifestoClarkisha KentFeminist Press$19.95” Clarkisha Kent is angry. Very angry–with good reason. This memoir details her journey to date, an Olympian marathon melding humor, rage, pain, in frank, fraught language, all wielded with a fencer’s keen, cutting edge. A first-generation American of Nigerian parents, Kent was bound by their…

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