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Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

"In Man Alive, McBee asks, “What does it really mean to be a man?” by focusing on two of the most impactful men in his life – the father who abused him as a child, and a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these fallen icons of manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.

Man Alive engages an extraordinary personal story to tell a universal one – how we all struggle to create ourselves, and how this struggle often requires risks. Far from a titillating, transgender tell-all, Man Alive grapples with questions of legacy and forgiveness, love and violence, agency and invisibility. Written with the grace of a poet and the intensity of a thriller, McBee’s story will haunt and inspire." --Goodreads

We’ll use fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege.
We won’t be sticking exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We hope to discuss texts that are not traditionally viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation. This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

Later Event: February 16
Spiritualism Saturday