Social Justice Third Sunday Discussion + ACTION Group

Date(s) - 06/19/2022
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Social Justice Committee (SJC) invites you to join the Social Justice Third Sunday Discussion + ACTION Group to focus on LGBTQIA+ Justice for the month(s) of Pride. In June we will read and discuss the award-winning graphic memoir Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns. We will meet in the sanctuary after the service from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19 following worship service. At the end of the discussion we will select an action to take in July in support of the queer community.

From the publisher, “Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.”

Gender Queer is also the most challenged book of 2021. As noted by Kelly Jensen’s Censorship News Update on Book Riot, “Among the most banned books in the past year are those which highlight sex, sexuality, and gender. PEN America’s report on book bans in US schools shows that queer characters and topics of sexuality are two of the biggest reasons a book is banned, falling right after books with protagonists of color. These categories, of course, overlap significantly, as seen through the books the American Library Association identified as the most challenged in 2021.”

Jensen goes on: “In the top 10 books challenged in 2021, Gender Queer was named because of a couple of brief moments where there is a dream sequence by a legal adult wherein Maia fantasizes about [eir] first experience having queer sex. It is developmentally appropriate and it is representative of what queer individuals can experience the first time they dare allow themselves to think with desire — something that is chemically created and controlled in our bodies and brains.”

The Tacoma Public Library does NOT have a book club kit for Gender Queer. Individual print copies are available (although there is a wait list) at both the Tacoma Public Library and Pierce County Public Library. It is also available digitally through both library systems’ ebook apps on Libby & Hoopla. There is no wait for Hoopla. You may also choose to support local independent bookseller King’s Books or the bookstore of your choice. (Even large retailer Barnes & Noble is facing litigation to restrict sales in VA Beach.)

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