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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:

Queer: A Graphic History, Wednesday 23rd February 2022

On Wednesday Feb 23rd from 7.30pm, we will discuss “Queer: A Graphic History” online via video-call. Please click to contact us for the details. You can 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%).

“Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action…”

“A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop culture, film, activism and acaedia… guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped queer theory. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do, and how culture can shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’.” – book jacket

It’s harder than usual to create a focus text this month, but as ever we welcome people who are not able to read the book (or read it in full). If you can’t access the book, please try to watch the videos below. People are always welcome to come along and listen if they’ve not had time to engage with any of the content

The first video is under 3 minutes and offers a very quick glance and overview of the book:

The second, 20 minute, video features an interview with Meg-John Barker on a tour of places that are important to them –  queer and trans friendly hairdressers Open Barbers, LGBT health and well-being centre London Friend where Meg-John works as a counsellor once a week, and the Open University branch in Camden where Barket often attends events or hosts meetings. They talk about “lots of topics including therapy, love, gender, sexual and relationship diversity, the need (or not) for labels, kink, and what kind of cake I prefer!”

February is LGBTQ history month in the UK, coinciding with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28 (which prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities – effectively banning discussion and presentation of resources).