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Lecture: My Grandparent’s Honeymoon-Stories for Queer Babes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "My Grandparent’s Honeymoon and other Stories for Queer Babes" and will be presented by Gabby Rivera.

Gabby Rivera is the visiting author of “Juliet Takes a Breath,” the featured novel for the Rainbow Center Book Club this year. This event is co-sponsored by the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center.

Using her novel, Juliet Takes a Breath, as a guide, Rivera will explore issues of self-discovery, the importance of investigating family histories, and all the ways she’s learned to navigate being queer and Latinx. But all lecture and no play isn’t very fun so be prepared for a reading from her book, some time to write down thoughts and feels, while also creating a small blueprint to examine aspects of your life. You might even come out of this lecture with the beginnings of your own wild weirdo novel, and that’d be pretty sweet, right? So come join the nerdburger party, and let’s do this.

Gabby Rivera is a queer Latinx writer from the Bronx. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for Women’s History Month, and it was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina Magazine. Put simply by Roxane Gay, it’s “F***ing outstanding.” Gabby Rivera (she/her/hers) is also the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN, a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ education support. She has also worked with Autostraddle dot com, the Sadie Nash Leadership Institute, the Brooklyn Museum and other such groups to develop workshops, conversations, and content that speaks to her experience as a queer person of color, with specific focuses on youth and fiction writing.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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