Date Tuesday 28 February 2023
Location The Darkroom Bar, London College of Communication
The Queer Liberation Society will be hosting a snack and chat meet at the end of the month, to discuss the selection of suggested reads for LGBTQ+ History Month, and explore queer literature in general, to kickstart their new society activities going forward.
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You can find the society's list of reading recommendations for this history month here:
(please note you do not have to have read any to attend the event, we will be having a casual meet, greet, and eat and sharing a love of literature which is open to anybody!)
How To Survive a Plague - David France
An incredibly detailed history of HIV/AIDS and activism.
The Celluloid Closet - Vito Russo
A seminal text on queer representation in film.
Youngman - Lou Sullivan
The diaries of Lou Sullivan, the first ever recorded gay trans man, who passed of AIDS.
Black On Both Sides - C. Riley Snorton
History of the interconnectedness of black and trans identities.
The Transgender Issue -Shon Faye
A modern text that is a quick and easy accessible read on the state of trans rights in the UK and how we got here.
Stone Butch Blues - Leslie Feinberg
A famous semi fictional semi-autobiographical novel about lesbianism and trans identity.
Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin
A famous gay novel from the 1950s.
Angels In America - Tony Kushner
A 7.5 hour epic play from the 90s that spoke on themes of death vs life, HIV/AIDS, religion.
Orlando - Virginia Woolf
The iconic classic novel on gender and sexual fluidity.
De Profundis - Oscar Wilde
Wilde’s prison writings including letters, poems and essays, speaking on anarchism, incarceration, aestheticism and the criminalisation of queer identity.
Whipping Girl - Julia Serang
A manifesto about trans-femininity, popularised the theory that transphobia is rooted in sexism and racism.
The Mark of Gender - Monique Wittig
A seminal work discussing how language naturalises cultural ideals of gender, how the feminine is 'marked' in relation to the male, and how gender neutral pronouns revolutionise this system.
Gender Trouble - Judith Butler
An in depth look at the systems of gender, discussing how gender falls out of a matrix of compulsory heterosexuality, and how its essential quality is simply performance.
Ways Of Seeing - John Berger
A collection of purely visual and written essays that discuss the place of 'women' within systems of observation, largely in relation to art and advertising.
An Apartment On Uranus - Paul Preciado
An incredibly emotional collection of short essays by Paul Preciado over the course of his transition.