Community Book Discussion: Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center welcome the community to the December Community Book Discussion featuring Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Richard Blanco.

Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are engaging, participatory community events. A limited number of free copies of the book is available in advance at the center (contact Kathleen at

Discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.

Sponsored by Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Digital Humanities Initiative.

Reviews of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Richard Blanco.

"[A] witty and touching memoir. . . [A] frank discussion of the ways in which [V] felt compelled to suppress [V's] emotions, [V's] sexuality, and [V's] true identity growing up. [V] suffered a great deal, and yet [V's] tone is never self-pitying." ―New Yorker

"A story that is personal, yet undeniably universal at the same time." ―Lambda Literary

“Bond’s fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V’s] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise.” ―New York Times

"A brief yet remarkably candid memoir of growing up different. . . Poignant and funny. . ." ―Kirkus

“Thank you, Justin, for your courage in writing the truth of what you went through as a transgender child in this society. Thank you, also, for your sense of humor. This book is very important, and fun to read as well.” ―Yoko Ono, artist

“When I say Justin Vivian Bond is a true original, what I mean is, Justin doesn’t resemble anyone else on the face of the planet. When I say Justin Bond is touched by genius, I mean exactly that.” ―Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

"Tango is a raw nerve touching an electric soul, a beautiful book, written with honesty, pain, and joy from one of our great modern day shamans." ―Sandra Bernhard, comedian

"Justin Vivian Bond is a lightning rod, a solid steel structure in heels that attracts burning chaos and disciplines it into orderly submission. Am I allowed to say that Justin is God?” ―Rufus Wainwright, musician

"Tango should be in the hands of every child who can read, and of 
every adult who cares about that child." ―Michael Warner, author of The Trouble with Normal

“Reading Tango is like listening to your favorite eccentric cousin or auntie tell you hair-raising tales of innocence lost and found, friendships forged of adversity, and bullies bewildered by their own perversity. Justin spins a one-of-a-kind story that you won't be able to put down.” ―Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw
About the Author
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists.

This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.

December 18, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8pm
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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