Featured Readers

2:00pm: Riki Wilchins

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The author of three books on gender theory, Riki has written on philanthropy for the Council on Foundations, GrantCraft, GuideStar and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Her writing and research on gender have been published in periodicals like The Village Voice, GLQ, Research on Adolescence, and Social Text as well as anthologies like Contemporary Debates in the Sociology of Education, Gender Violence, Feminist Frontiers, Language Awareness, Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research, Out at Work, Women on Women III, and The Encyclopedia of Identity.

Riki has conducted trainings for such institutions as the White House, CDC, Office on Women’s Health, and Office on Adolescent Health and philanthropic networks like  Philanthropy NY, Jewish Women’s Fund Network, Women Donors Network, Women’s Funding Network, and Women Moving Millions.

She is currently working on a book on gender transformative philanthropy.  Riki’s work has been profiled in The New York Times; TIME Magazine selected her one of “100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century.”  

3:00pm: Nathaniel Frank 


Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America

Dr. Nathaniel Frank is an award-winning historian and one of the LGBT movement’s most respected scholars.  He is author of the critically acclaimed Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction, and helped move the Pentagon to end its ban on gay and lesbian service.  A long-time consultant to the LGBT movement and frequent contributor to Slate, he is currently the director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School, an online platform that publicizes academic research on vital LGBT public policy debates.  He has appeared on the “Daily Show,” the “Rachel Maddow Show” and many others, and in addition to Slate, his publications and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, American Prospect, Huffington Post, The New Republic, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday and Philadelphia Inquirer.  Visit his website at www.nathanielfrank.com.

About the book:

Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America (Harvard University Press) is the much-anticipated new history of the marriage equality movement, based on unprecedented access to the most influential movement leaders and grassroots activists from the brilliant legal strategists and major funders to plaintiffs like Edie Windsor to direct-action protesters inspired by the successful tactics of AIDS activism.  Written by one of the LGBT movement’s most respected historians—and a movement insider—the book tells the dramatic story of how a once-despised minority achieved a stunning civil rights victory through persistence, strategic prowess and the rising awareness of the dignity of same-sex love.  It chronicles the push and pull of how movement leaders and grassroots LGBT activists worked in sometimes competing ways to forge a successful strategy to win marriage equality.  All the while, they had to fight against virulent anti-gay opponents and capture American hearts by spreading the simple message that love is love.  


3:30pm: Anastasia Higginbotham, Tell Me About Sex, Grandma


Anastasia Higginbotham is a writer and illustrator, and the creator of the children’s series Ordinary Terrible Things.  Her first book of the series, Divorce Is the Worst, published in 2015 by the Feminist Press, was instantly embraced by children and adults for its willingness to trust kids as the authority on their own lives.  Therapists and divorce mediators alike praised the book for its child-centered approach. “As families reconfigure through divorce, the best interest of a child should be front and center,” said Abby Rosmarin, Esq., LMHC Mediation Counsel, McCarthy Fingar, LLP and Executive Director of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.  “Sharing Divorce is the Worst can help parents focus on their child’s needs as distinct from their own, encourage supportive communication, and nourish resilience for future well being.”

For 10 years, Higginbotham taught full impact self-defense to kids and adults with Prepare Inc. T Her essays have appeared in Ms., Bitch, The Sun, The Women’s Review of Books, and in various anthologies, including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.  She was a 2015 Hedgebrook Fellow.

Patiently forthcoming with lessons your parents redacted, Tell Me About Sex, Grandma stresses consent, sex positivity, and the right to be curious about your body.  The dialogue focuses on the dynamics of sex, rather than the mechanics, as Grandma reminds readers that sex is not marriage or reproduction, and doesn’t look the same for everyone.  Instead, each person’s sexuality is their very own to discover, explore, and share if they choose.

Followed by: Drag Queen Story Hour with Cholula Lemon at 4pm!

Cholula Lemon

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.  DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.  In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens regularly in LA, New York, and San Francisco, and events are popping up in other cities across the US, Canada, and the UK!

Here’s a link to when Cholula Lemon last did the DQSH: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/1382011505222303/

More updates to follow.