Sunday, March 12, 2017

Serving Pride: The Handbook for Your Queer History Dinner Party

Harvey Milk, Sally Ride, George Takei | Illustration by Allie Kolarik

I really like this new Kickstarter project from Geeks OUT called Serving Pride: The Handbook for Your Queer History Dinner Party. Here's an overview of what this exciting endeavor is about...

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.

Larry Kramer, Keith Haring, Freddie Mercury | Illustration by Allie Kolarik

Geeks OUT wants to change that. They 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 where 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, Geeks OUT is 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.

Sylvia Rivera, Ellen DeGeneres, Divine | Illustration by Allie Kolarik

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. Serving Pride will remember the drag ball culture of Harlem in the 1920s and queer trendsetters in the arts who redefined American music, literature, and fashion.

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)

For more information and to make a donation, click HERE.