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12 Books Written by Queer Authors to Read Year-Round

Another Pride month has come and gone even though it looked different this year. Pride celebrations around the United States were cancelled due to the global pandemic. As a result, digital celebrations gained popularity. One of my favorite alternatives to Pride was the programming by Lambda Literary, an organization that dedicates itself to supporting queer …

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How Music Can Be a Tool for Social Justice — Even During a Pandemic

The Montclair, New Jersey-based Women’s Fire Choir formed after the 2016 election. Drawn by equal parts hopelessness and helplessness, I attended a community singing workshop that was held in the small back room of my local independent bookshop. Pressed shoulder to shoulder with about 30 women, our chairs lined up in front of shelves filled …

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Retelling Fairytales: Feminist, Alternative, and Encouraging

We have all read fairy tales and seen Disney versions where the main character, the princess, the girl, the mermaid, or someone else, has an adventure or a problem and is usually saved by a man. Thankfully, some recent Disney films show the main female characters saving herself. Fairytales have been rightly criticized for showing …

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The Sober Lush by Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire

The Sober Lush by Amanda Eyre Ward and Jardine Libaire is “A Hedonist’s Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life–Alcohol Free.”   The Sober Lush describes various ways to lead a fulfilling, delightful, and meaningful life without alcohol. The main idea is “to redefine lushness and reclaim it.” For the authors, sober lushness is …

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