P&P Live! Pride Panel-The Pocket Change Collective—with Leo Baker, Adam Eli, Chella Man, Alok Vaid-Menon moderated by Deborah Taylor

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Join us for a discussion in celebration of Pride month with four young LGBTQIA+ advocates sharing their compelling, compassionate, and candid stories about bringing inclusivity to their professions and passions. Leo Baker, Adam Eli, Chella Man, and Alok Vaid-Manon will be joined in conversation with P&P moderator Deborah Taylor. This is the third in our series with the Pocket Change Collective.

The event is free to attend, however, we encourage attendees to consider purchasing the Book Donation ticket when they register for the event. Donated books will be given to the Sexual Minority Youth Assitance League (SMYAL). Based in Washington, DC, SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth ages 6-24 through leadership development, community-building programs, and wrap-around housing services.

Leo Baker (they/them) is the author of Skate for Your Life, a professional skateboarder, and activist. After being a staple at the X Games and Street League, they were featured in publications like Thrasher, ESPN, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. In 2019, they founded the NYC Skate Project, a queer-centric community that gives a platform to LGBTQ+ and non-male skaters.

Adam Eli (he/him) is the author of The New Queer Conscience, a community organizer, LGBTQIA+ activist, and founder of Voices4, a nonviolent direct-action group committed to advancing global queer liberation. Eli currently serves as the Editor-in-chief of Gucci’s queer zine, The Chime Zine, created to unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality.

Chella Man (he/him) is the author of Continuum, an American YouTuber, actor, model, artist, and LGBTQ activist. He is renowned for his personal documentation as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, and Jewish person of color. Man rose to wider prominence in 2019 for portraying mute superhero Jericho in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is the author of Beyond the Gender Binary, an internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming writer, performance artist, and public speaker. They explore themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition in their work. They created the #DeGenderFashion movement to degender fashion and beauty industries. They believe that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression.

Deborah D. Taylor (she/her) recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards Jury for Young People’s Literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.

An ASL interpreter will provide service for this event.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Child & Teen
Skate for Your Life Cover Image
By Leo Baker, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593223475
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 1st, 2021

The New Queer Conscience (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
By Adam Eli, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593093689
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

Continuum Cover Image
By Chella Man, Chella Man (Illustrator), Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593223482
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 1st, 2021

Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593094655
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

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