For Queer and Narcan Training
Bluestockings Cooperative, 116 Suffolk St.; 917-409-0440; bluestockings.com
Once a month, Nina Haines heads to Bluestockings Cooperative, a queer-, trans-, and sex-worker-run bookshop, to track down texts for her sapphic book club. The blue zigzagged shelves are so stocked with works by queer, trans, and BIPOC authors that Haines can consistently find titles even her very well-versed club members have never heard of — recently, Pleasure Activism, by adrienne maree brown; the anthology Queer Little Nightmares; and Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, by Kai Cheng Thom. The staff are savants at unearthing exceptional books. “Sometimes you go to a bookstore and, yes, they have independent books, but the curation feels kind of amateurish,” says professor Rosana Cabán. “Not here. Once, I grabbed Love After the End from the staff-selection shelf — an Indigenous queer love anthology I’ve since recommended to so, so many people.” The shop has a shed in the back for events, among them craft clubs, chest-binder giveaways, and Narcan training.
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