September Pride

September Pride

LGBT

Literature

Surviving as an Outsider

Saturday October 13, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204

Two writers show how LGBTQ characters can survive in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara is a debut novel that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning. Booklist reviews that “Cassara has done a superb job of re-imagining a world that will be foreign and even exotic to many readers.” Some Hell by Patrick Nathan is a wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide that shows how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves. The New York Times Book Review describes Some Hell as “a very different literary thriller, one in which the mystery is not who killed the victim, but how those who kill might live with what they’ve done.”

Finding Love in a Hopeless Place

Saturday October 13, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204

Two authors come together to discuss finding love in LGBTQ young adult novels. Pulp by New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley is told in dual narratives, weaving together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of pulp fiction. Dahlia Adler describes the novel as a, “incredibly creative exploration of queer literary history.” Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin details a romance between two teen boys struggling to harness their identities in a world of poverty, drugs, and suffocating masculinity. YA Interrobang writes, “Are you a fan of The Outsiders and Perks of Being a Wallflower? Now imagine them mashed together. That’s what awaits you in Burro Hills.”

Sexualities, Intimacies,         Walking Through

Queer Migrations                 Identity

with Eithne Luibéid   

Wednesday, October 10, 4:30pm – 5:45pm                          Friday, October 12, 6pm – 7:15pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Fl., Meeting Room E                            Fenwick Reading, 2nd Floor, Fenwick Library

In her talk, Eithne Luibhéid argues that                                 If You Need Me I’ll be Over There by Dave Madden
queer migration scholarship and activism                             is a collection of short stories starring
are strengthened by addressing queer                                 outsiders in the American Midwest. 
characters and their identities as sexualities
and intimacies as interlinked but distinct
grounds of struggle against unjust immigration
enforcement. She discusses the overlaps and
differences between sexualities and intimacies                        View More Events Like This   
and explores how the U.S. government uses
sexualities and intimacies to govern immigrants
and reproduce a (settler) colonialist, racist, and
heteronormative nation and citizenry. Luibhéid
suggests that addressing sexualities and intimacies
together reframes possibilities for scholarship
and activism on urgent contemporary issues.
These include the experiences of LGBTQ migrants,
separated migrant families, mixed status
families, detained asylum seekers, and struggling
U.S. citizens. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.