Reading the Rainbow: Like a Love Story
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
**This meeting will be at the Carnegie Center for Art and History where squares from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display August 1-19**
Join us to discuss an LGBTQ+ themed book each month with leader Christopher Proctor, IU Southeast Librarian. This discussion is open to all adults; members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies are welcome. This meeting will be held in person at the Carnegie Center for Art and History or online via Zoom. You’ll receive a Zoom link the week of the meeting if you register. Print copies of the books are available at the Floyd County Library Upper Customer Service Desk and at the IU Southeast Library. The book is also available on ebook and downloadable audiobook from the Indiana Digital Library.
It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing.
Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He’s terrified that someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge about himself. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS.
Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS who devotes his time to activism as a member of ACT UP. Judy has never imagined finding romance…until she falls for Reza and they start dating.
Art is Judy’s best friend, their school’s only out and proud teen. He’ll never be who his conservative parents want him to be, so he rebels by documenting the AIDS crisis through his photographs.
As Reza and Art grow closer, Reza struggles to find a way out of his deception that won’t break Judy’s heart—and destroy the most meaningful friendship he’s ever known.