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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
6500 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-8030

BTQ group

lesbian group

gay men's group

BTQ Group

The BTQ discussion group focuses on bisexual, transgender, and queer topics. Newcomers are welcome! No preregistration is required. Starting in December the group will be meeting at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark.

Readings through December 2013 are:

October 18 The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humor and grace, these essays deal with issues from women's spaces to the old boys' network, from gay male bathhouses to lesbian potlucks, from being a child to preparing to have one. Throughout, S. Bear Bergman shows us there are things you learn when you're visibly different from those around you-whether it's being transgressively gendered or readably queer.
November 15 Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
Depicted as duplicitous, traitorous, and promiscuous, bisexuality has long been suspected, marginalized, and rejected by both straight and gay communities alike.
Bi takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics-from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice of labeling those who identify as bi as either "too bisexual" (promiscuous and incapable of fidelity) or "not bisexual enough" (not actively engaging romantically or sexually with people of at least two different genders.
Informed by feminist, transgender, and queer theory, as well as politics and activism, Bi is a radical manifesto for a group that has been too frequently silenced, erased, and denied-and a starting point from which to launch a bisexual revolution.
December 20 Jesus in Love by Kittredge Cherry
What if Jesus knew how it feels to be queer? Surprising answers come in Jesus in Love, a novel that re-imagines Christ's legendary life as an erotic, mystical adventure in first-century Palestine. Jesus has today's queer sensibilities and psychological sophistication as he lives out his mythic story. Readers can relate to the struggles he faces: He feels like his real self is both male and female. He falls in love with people of both sexes. Society doesn't understand him.

Lesbian Group

The lesbian group is currently on sabbatical.

Gay Men's Group

The gay men's group has moved to the Center on Halsted as of 10/11/2012.

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is supported in part by the Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation and by a CityArts Program 1 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

This page was last updated November 22, 2013.