It has been a while since I posted here, but now that the Against Equality book is published, things will start winding down and I will be posting with the same regularity. Much has been happening, and here are just a couple of highlights.
In this week’s news: I was a finalist in the first Curve magazine Annual Lesbian Awards (category: Print Media Journalist). The award went to Victoria Brownworth, but I was in pretty good company with the other finalists: Achy Obejas, Ariel Levy, Deb Price, and Louise Rafkin. I couldn’t have remembered my third-grader teacher's name (probably for good reason) for the acceptance speech, should I have received the “Curvey,” but thanks for the nomination, Curve! My picture's on page 26 of the 20th anniversary issue.
There’s more: the book tour for Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage kicked off last week, and I was interviewed by Time Out Chicago’s Books Editor Jonathan Messinger in anticipation of the Chicago release event. Messinger and I talked for over half an hour, and the resulting piece is a very cogent distillation of our conversation. I especially love his description of it as “the most amicable discussion about smashing capitalism in history.”
You can read the entire interview here: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/books/89644/gays-against-gay-marriage#ixzz11dT3w4xv
Here’s a description of the Chicago event, from TOC, which promises to be exciting, dramatic, and unique!
WHERE: Chicago Public Library, Bezazian Branch
1226 W Ainslie St (at Broadway St)
Library phone: 312-744-0019
El: Red to Lawrence. Bus: 36, 81, 151
DESCRIPTION: Writer Yasmin Nair and activist and editor Ryan Conrad host a lively (and perhaps heated) roundtable discussion about the merits of same-sex marriage and their new book Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage. [Note: John D’Emilio, UIC historian and contributor to the anthology, will not be joining us as scheduled due to a death in the family]
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2pm
For more details about Against Equality, the book and the tour, go to the Against Equality tab or http://www.againstequality.org