When you're queer, no one ever sits you down and says "This is our story." Sure, you hear snippets. Friends tell friends what they know, terrible movies provide some context, but you don't often get to share the experience of learning history together.
Geeks OUT wants to change that. We want to create a fun, inclusive, community-oriented way to invite friends, family, and anyone else to learn our story together.
Learning queer history doesn’t just help us remember we come from. It helps us think about where we want to go, and how to get there. As we enter uncertain times, creating a ritual that connects us, and teaches queer history feels more important than ever.
To make this happen, we're going to publish Serving Pride: The Handbook for Your Queer History Dinner Party.
In the model of the Passover Haggadah, Serving Pride will guide a group of dinner guests through a ritual meal where history is retold through readings, songs, games, recipes, and artwork.
Serving Pride will tell tales of groups like the Daughters of Bilitis, who subverted gender norms and dared to create a proud queer community where before there had only been the closet.
We’ll yell chants from Stonewall, and sing songs about queers who rattled the establishment, fighting for the rights of the oppressed.
We’ll remember the drag ball culture of Harlem in the 1920s and queer trendsetters in the arts who redefined American music, literature, and fashion.
It will be will be fully illustrated by some of today's most amazing queer artists, and will contain original songs and recipes to make the evening as delicious and fun as it will be informative.
Some of the creators already signed on to contribute to Serving Pride include:
- Allie Kolarik (Comic Book Afterlife)
- C. Edwards (Abel Boddy)
- Fyodor Pavlov (Bash Back)
- Rogan Josh (modHero)
- Tana Ford (Silk)
- Will Varner (Buzzfeed Comics)
with more to be announced soon!
We want to make this book affordable for every queer who wants one, so in addition to printing a full-color version of the book, we’ll also be publishing a free printable PDF of the book, so you can be completely DIY about it if you like.
We want everyone to be able to get a copy of the book in time to enjoy it during Pride season 2017, starting in June.
So what do we do need to do this? $9,500.
- $4,500 to cover printing and shipping costs
- $2,000 for artwork
- $1,500 to hire a researcher
- $1000 to hire a copy editor
- $500 for the Kickstarter fees
Obviously, no dinner party can cover the entire American Queer experience, but we'll be building a bibliography of our sources, so it'll be easy to look up more information about the parts of the dinner that interest you most.
We hope the Serving Pride dinner party will become a colorful new tradition in every queer household, where we can all raise a glass to those who have fought for our freedoms, knowing that their work may not be finished, but their legacies continue to inspire us.
Please help fund Serving Pride!
Risks and challenges
Time is the biggest factor here, with book printing costs being what they are, getting a completed, color filled book in time for June 2017 is going to be hard.
We've got the right team in place and have good contacts for book publishing, so while it will be tight, we believe we can overcome this easily.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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