Launched in fall 2020, our LGBTQ+ Reading Group is for students from across campus to learn more about gender, sexuality, the LGBTQ+ community, and identity through engaging novels, educational volumes, memoirs, and more.
Summer 2021 – Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar
For our summer 2021, we will be reading Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar. Up to 30 members of our campus community can sign up to join this summer’s group and receive a free copy of Felix Ever After. By signing up, participants agree to attend at least one discussion session later this summer.
- March 29: sign-up period begins and runs until either 30 participants are reached or until Friday, May 14
- late April: books are shipped to participants or picked up at Pride Center
- May and June: reading period
- TBD dates in July: discussion sessions meet
About the book: Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.
If you don’t hear from us about your book pick-up/shipping within 3 business days of registration, please register below again and email us. We have had a few instances of “I signed up but never received my book” when we had no record of registration. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
In spring 2021 our pick was Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.
About the book: “Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to
her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself. Check out more about this book at Gabby Rivera’s website.
Our fall 2020 book selection was Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by author and activist Janet Mock. We had 89 students receive a copy of this book. For more information on the book, check out Janet’s website.