Community Book Discussion: S/he


Please note: At the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center, all programs and services for adults are cancelled through May 15, 2020. Some supportive services and the community book group will be offered in virtual formats, please check the event page on their website to know if the program is happening virtually or if it is cancelled.

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to attend the April community book discussion at the center on April 21, 2020 - featuring S/HE by Minnie Bruce Pratt. S/HE, issued by Firebrand Books in Spring 1995, was one of the five finalists in Non-Fiction for that year's American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Book Award, as well as one of the three finalists for the Firecracker Award in Non-Fiction.

In these lyrical vignettes, Pratt expands the boundaries of gender and its theory. She explores the inconsistencies, the infinities, the fluidity of sex and gender, and asks intriguing questions: How many ways are there to be girl, boy, man, woman?

Is there a connection between feminine, masculine, lesbian, heterosexual, between desire and liberation? How many ways can the body's sex vary---by chromosomes, hormones, genitals? How many ways can our gender expressions multiply---between home and work, at the computer and when we kiss someone, in our dreams and when we walk down the street? What is our dream of who we want to be? Pratt's stories are part of new theory appearing at the intersections---of the feminism of U.S. women's liberation, the writings of women of color in the U.S. and internationally, the queer ideas of lesbian and gay liberation, and the emerging thought of transgender liberation. S/HE helps move these ideas into action by giving us theory that has flesh and breath, that exists in all of our eccentric, complicated, daily lives.

Free copies of the book for the first ten community members to sign up!

Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are facilitated by Mary Foltz and are sponsored by Let's Play Books and by Lehigh University's South Side Initiative and Digital Humanities Center.

Library events at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are sober social events. No alcohol will be present.