March 30th 2022: We Can Do Better Than This

On Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 7.30pm we will discuss “We Can Do Better Than This, 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights” edited by Amelia Abraham.

Stroud Radical Reading Group events are free to attend, online events, be held via videocall. Anyone is welcome, but we keep link details private – please contact us for the Zoom details. You are welcome to attend to listen to the discussion even if you do not have time to engage with any of the content. Free resources are listed below, but if you can, please buy a reduced copy from The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (RRP is £14.99 but add coupon “StroudRadical” at the checkout to buy a copy for £13.19 – saving £1.80 or 12%). An ebook version is available via publishers Penguin.

We will focus our discussion on 4 essays in particular. We welcome people who are not able to read the book in full, or even a single one of the 35 essays.

  • Crystal’s Make-Up by Tom Rasmussen
  • Leaving Bangladesh by Mazharul Islam
  • Kissing in Public by Shura, and
  • Kito Diaries by Vincent Desmond

Read these below or click to download 4 essays (pdf) from We Can Do Better Than This. Please be aware that the essays feature accounts that may make for difficult reading. The issues covered in the book include hate crimes, mental health, medical treatment, sex and relationships, and substance abuse. Some of these are covered in the four essays we will focus on too.

“We talk about achieving ‘LGBTQ+ equality’, but around the world, LGBTQ+ people are still suffering discrimination and extreme violence. How do we solve this urgent problem, allowing queer people everywhere the opportunity to thrive? In We Can Do Better Than This, 35 voices explore this question. Through deeply moving stories and provocative new arguments on safety and visibility, dating and gender, care and community, they present a powerful manifesto for how – together – we can start to create a better future.”

Read the four focus chapters below:

The following articles by authors of the chapters are available free online:

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