SAN DIEGO -- Recognizing a need to represent the diverse voices in the LGBT community, Caleb Rainey started a multicultural book group held twice monthly at Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest. The group was created in part from Rainey’s thought that “literature can open up conversations,” he said.
“There seems to be a gap in regards to conversation around race and sexuality,” the 24-year-old recent graduate said. “I was hoping to start filling that gap through literature.”
Rainey grew up in Colorado, where he received his bachelor’s degree in women’s and ethnic studies. He moved to Hillcrest two years ago, and recently completed requirements for a master’s degree in multicultural gay and lesbian literature at San Diego State University.
The group began late last year, and Rainey has selected the titles each month, including “Chulito” by Charles Rice-Gonzalez and “Gulf Dreams” by Emma Perez.
January’s selection is “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough,” and is a collection of short stories and essays that represent, in part, those diverse voices turned into stories.
The next meeting is Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., where the group will continue discussing “For Colored Boys.”
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