The Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our first BookUp site for LGBTQ youth at The Hetrick-Martin Institute, an after-school center that creates a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth, many of whom are homeless or otherwise at risk. Taught by award-winning poet and Cave Canem fellow, t’ai freedom ford, BookUp LGBTQ will run similarly to our current BookUp sites,but will focus specifically on giving the youth a richer sense of their history and the tremendous contributions of LGBTQ authors throughout time.
The youth will select books they want to read from their own list as well as a curated list of books hand-picked by LGBTQ authors, including Naomi Jackson, Garth Greenwell, and 5 under 35 honoree Megan Kruse. The field trips will be geared towards queer bookstores and historic sites throughout the five boroughs. BookUp LGBTQ is run in partnership with Lambda Literary, the longest running literary organization championing the works of LGBTQ writers.