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The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the February discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Black Boy Out of Time by 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow Hari Ziyad, as part of the center's recognition and celebration of Black History Month.
Black Boy Out of Time is an eloquent, restless, and enlightening memoir about growing up Black and queer in America, reuniting with the past and coming of age their own way. One of nineteen children in a blended family, Hari (he/they) was raised by a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. Through reframing their own coming-of-age story, Ziyad takes readers on a powerful journey of growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, navigating the equally complex path toward finding their true self in New York City. Exploring childhood, gender, race, and the trust that is built, broken, and repaired through generations, Ziyad investigates what it means to live beyond the limited narratives Black children are given and challenges the irreconcilable binaries that restrict them.
Library Journal writes, "An unflinchingly honest assessment of the ways in which the lives and experiences of Black children are devalued. Recommended for readers interested in anti-racism.”
Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, you can buy the book here -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
The discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz and is sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
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at Bayard Rustin Way
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