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LGBTQ+ Reading Group

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.

Spring 2021 – Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Our spring 2021 reading group will be reading the novel Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. We will be accepting the first 30 students that sign the form below into this semester’s reading group and receive a free copy of our semester pick. All participants are required to attend at least one discussion group meeting of the book at the end of the semester, with several opportunities available. We are excited to have guest lecturers and facilitators from across the Volunteer family join us, so make sure you sign up ASAP! The form will close automatically once we have hit capacity.

About the book: “Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to

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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. 

Program Schedule:

  • Monday, January 18: book sign-ups begin until Friday, February 5 -OR- 30 participants are reached, whichever happens first
  • February and March: reading period
  • Tuesday, April 6Wednesday, April 7, 6-7pm: book discussion dates



Previous reads

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.


Program schedule:

  • August 17, 2020: Registration opens
  • September 4, 2020: Registration closes
  • Books distributed
  • early November: Book discussion, with date chosen by the group participants