In honour of Pride Month, we want to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community by organizing another Book Club! As such, we will read Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture by Amelia Abraham.
Join us around the world as we read Amelia’s journey around the Western world and the vastly different experiences and rights of the LGBTQIA+ communities. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey’s underground LGBTQ+ scene, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.
How can we build an inclusive society in which everyone is valued and respected, no matter a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation? Together, we’ll read about LGBTQIA+ issues, discrimination, intersectionality, and the long road that must still be paved for many people to be themselves.
Every Book Club that we’ve organized at Xenolearn strives to both educate and empower. That’s why we will donate 50% of the proceeds to the LGBTQIA+ organization, Colored Qollective. More information about the Colored Qollective can be found below.
Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced?
Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, in Queer Intentions, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer right now. With curiosity, good humour and disarming openness, Amelia takes the reader on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey. Join her as she cries at the first same-sex marriage in Britain, loses herself in the world’s biggest drag convention in L.A., marches at Pride parades across Europe, visits both a transgender model agency and the Anti-Violence Project in New York to understand the extremes of trans life today, parties in the clubs of Turkey’s underground LGBTQ+ scene, and meets a genderless family in progressive Stockholm.
We encourage you to purchase the book from local and BIPOC stores as much as possible.
American Book Center (Netherlands)
Amelia Abraham (b. 1991) is a journalist from London. Her main interest is LGBTQ identity politics, and she has written on or around this topic for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, ES Magazine, VICE, i-D magazine and Dazed & Confused. She also writes about feminist issues, human-rights issues, health policy, arts and culture, and sex. Queer Intentions is her first book.
It still happens far too often that LGBTQIA+ people of color are not fully understood, seen or recognized, and that we still feel (implicitly or explicitly), excluded and isolated. Therefore, Colored Collective wants to create an environment that feels safe and welcoming for all. Colored Qollective is a self-organized, nonprofit organization, founded in October 2018 for and by LGBTQIA+ people of color. It aims to provide a platform to queer people of colour, to connect and create, and to feel safe. Our goal is to strive for an inclusive society in which there is more tolerance and acceptance towards each other and for people to feel safer to be themselves.
Xenolearn is a virtual learning hub for diversity, equity and inclusion. We flip the script on xenophobia: from fearing the "other" to learning about and loving each other. We offer a book clubs, resource hub, podcasts, classes and coaching.
The Hague Peace Projects (HPP) is an international human rights organization with its headquarters in ‘The International City of Peace and Justice’, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The cost of participating in the Book Club is €20.
50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Colored Qollective.
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