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CLOSET CASES anthology launch party

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CLOSET CASES anthology launch party
September 11, 2020 7:00 PM
September 11, 2020 9:00 PM
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
February 20, 2020
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Join us for the launch of Megan Volpert’s Closet Cases: Queers On What We Wear. More than a dozen of the book’s contributors will be here as well. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. This is much more than a “fashion book.” It is a collection of artifacts that testifies to the power of fashion as a verb as it unfolds the complex and lovely strategies governing what we do in the LGBTQ+ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen.


Jean jackets can be armor. Bracelets, spiritual totems. Belts can save lives, or take them. As a verb, “fashion” is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion identity from and through the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire—and the statements these make. No other community allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. We don’t simply permit fashioning; we rely upon what we put on our bodies to tip off, to signal, and to serve as evidence of who we are.


Copies of Closet Cases will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at [email protected]. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!


The editor of this anthology, Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, a Georgia Author of the Year finalist and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Boss Broad (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.