NONFICTION

The New Queer Conscience

Penguin Workshop. (Pocket Change Collective). Jun. 2020. 64p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780593093689.
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Gr 7 Up–Eli’s compact manifesto is both a memoir and a stirring call to action. Readers gain a step-by-step approach to building a cohesive queer community. While Eli does not claim to be the definitive voice for the entire LGBTQIA+ community, he writes, “Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere.” Eli uses his own experiences growing up in the Orthodox Jewish community as a framework for building a community for queer people everywhere, regardless of distance. Ten principles are provided to establish and foster a strong queer community, and Eli details the importance of each tenet. These include treating newly out people with kindness and understanding. The more privileged members of society must rally behind the less privileged, creating a strong intersectional approach. The back matter lists organizations to join and support as well as other books in the series.
VERDICT A must-read that highlights the importance of radical empathy, community building, and solidarity.

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