I’m been waiting a long time to announce this.
Longtime readers may be familiar with Camille Beredjick, who used to write quite a bit for this site about LGBTQ rights. Her posts were easy to understand even for people who didn’t follow the issue, critical of those getting in the way of equal rights, and always on the side of reason and compassion.
Last year, we embarked on a more long-term project involving that topic. Specifically, we wanted to explore how the LGBTQ and atheist communities overlapped, where the comparisons broke down, how religion hurt (and helped!) LGBTQ people, and why atheists can’t ignore this issue.
The final product is a really powerful book we’re calling Queer Disbelief.
I can’t overstate how much research she included, how many conversations she had with people willing to bare their souls and share their experiences (including those who are LGBTQ and deeply devout), and how much of her own story she poured into these pages.
We’re currently raising funds on Kickstarter to take the book over the finish line, and any contributions would be appreciated. More details are on that site.
Why Kickstarter? Well, we had the option of using a traditional publisher for this book, but I’ve gone down that route before. I know what the benefits are. I know the shortcomings. And for a project like this, the advantages of doing this ourselves outweigh the risk. (At least if we hit the fundraising goal.) That’s why we’re giving this method a shot. It’s the first book to be published through Friendly Atheist Press, and if it goes well, I hope it’s the first of many.
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to ask in the comments. I’ll be posting updates and excerpts over the next few weeks.
More than anything, if you find this project worthwhile, please consider sharing the Kickstarter link on social media. Thanks for your help and support!