Be Part of Autostraddle’s Queer in the Stacks Gallery!

Our June-July Queer IRL gallery was Queer on Holiday, a vitalizing journey through some of your best summer days. We saw you at the lake, on your honeymoon, jumping on the beach, going to Pride with your friends, and generally just being cute and queer and full of life. Maybe go ahead and bookmark that gallery now so you can come back to it during the chilly winter, when you just can’t go for a topless swim, no matter how much you want to.

Hey are you ready for August’s theme? COOL LET’S DO IT.

August’s Gallery Theme: Queer in the Stacks

You might think I’m talking about a public library situation here, but I’m talking about you and your personal bookshelves! Your bookcases! Your books your books your books. You’ve got ’em, now go take a picture with ’em!

Instructions

1. Take a large, high quality picture of you and your bookcase. This is doable with most smartphones, so don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy camera. You know what else works and is super fun? Disposable cameras. I keep mentioning this because I just don’t want you to forget it.

Photos should be between 1024-3024 pixels wide so they’ll look nice on a full screen. Please don’t send anything smaller than 1024 pixels wide.

2. Send your picture and info to me at laneia@autostraddle.comwith the subject QUEER STACKS. Copy/paste this mini form into your email and fill in the blanks with your info!

NAME / AGE* / LOCATION

Details: Tell me about your bookshelf, your favorite book, how you’ve got the books organized, what other beloved items are you showing off on these shelves?

*Optional but cool.

I reserve the right to edit your sentence/s for length or spelling errors. (I’m a pretty good editor though, so.) Your photo will appear in a full screen gallery on Autostraddle.com β€” the main site, not A+ β€” and might be used on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr) to promote the gallery. If you don’t want your photo to appear on social media, please make a note of that with your submission. You reserve full rights to your photo. Photos will not be used to promote anything other than this exact gallery, and will not be used in any other future post.

Deadline: Monday, August 28

FAQ

1. What is a bookcase?
A bookcase or a bookshelf or a book table or a book tower are all just places where you’re keeping and displaying your books.

2. What is a queer person?
Queer people are lesbians, bisexuals, queer and otherwise-identified women, trans and non-binary folks.

3. Do you want us to be in the photo?
I do, yes! Yes please! I’d love that. You don’t necessarily have to be in it, but I think all your other queer person-reader friends would appreciate seeing another queer person staring back at them from their electronic screen situation. I know I do. Please be in your photo!!

4. What about my friends or my pets? Should they be in the photo?
I’d be mad if they weren’t.

5. What if my ‘bookshelf’ is really just a modest pile of books on my nightstand? What if I want to make this about my public library and not my private collection?
If you have any number of books gathered together in one location, I think that counts! If you want to make this about your public library, DO IT. Be sure to include the name of the library and why you chose it.

6. Wait wait wait, I have like 15 bookshelves! Do you really want 15 pictures?!
Thank you for checking, no I do not. It’s true that 15 photos would be outlandish. Why don’t you choose your favorite bookshelf? Or maybe your three favorites.

6. How sexy can we get here? Also tell me about your nudity policy.
We shan’t show nipples, genitalia, or simulated or actual sex. Sex toys or nude art are totally permitted.

Deadline: Monday, August 28

Leave your questions in the comments and if you have an idea for a future theme, let me know! laneia@autostraddle.com


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Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and she thinks you're fucking rad. She's 36, has two kids, two dogs, one Megan, some personal essays and a lot of emails in her inbox. More at LaneiaJones.com.

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33 Comments

  1. Another Sophia here with bookshelves in various rooms, including built-in bed bookshelves, two under-the-desk sets of shelves, a locker in the university library, shelves and piles at my desk at said university, and a few regular shelves two rows deep with books and sometimes with piles on top…all of which I keep wanting to re-organize. I love this theme!

    • Dude, downsizing and using a Kindle are not things to frown over! Kindles are amazing. I have like 500 books on a tablet the size of a smallish book. And it doesn’t use any paper. And, you don’t have shelves full of books collecting dust. Anyone who claims to hate Kindles but love books is a liar, or more into the appearance of books than actually reading.

      Maybe my submission will be a picture of me and my Kindle.

      E-reader for life.

  2. I am debating participating in this. Not because my two teeny tiny shelves packed with books are bad or anything like that. I’m just more afraid of putting my face (being a pre-HRT trans woman) out there on the web.

    But!!

    I feel like pairing my face with something I love (books and talking about books!) may be a really great way for me to confront this discomfort and dysphoria I feel. So I’m kind of just going to give myself some time to think about it. But this is really cool that ya’all are doing this. πŸ˜ŠπŸ“š

  3. I didn’t even know that this was the gallery I’ve been waiting for, but this is the gallery I’ve been waiting for!

    / I just moved and about 3/4 of my 15 boxes’ worth of books are all in (highly organized and alphabetized!) piles on the floor, so thanks for the added motivation to get to ikea and give them a more appropriate home. And also added motivation to fill the empty space in the middle of my Harry Potter collection, because an ex refuses to return books 4 & 5. :'(

  4. I’m excited to take my photo for this! I felt I couldn’t participate in the last one because I was in the wrong hemisphere for a summer photo.

    I’ve got a long shelf I’ll be trying to get into one photo, along with a Kindle, a few video game art books on my table (no room for a coffee table else they’d totally be coffee table books), and three accordion files of comics.

  5. i might submit a photo of myself curled up in my dark storage locker, spooning the boxes full of books i won’t be able to unpack until late september when i get the keys to my new place. it’s been 3.5 years since i’ve seen many of them and there WILL be reunion photos when it happens. just not in time for this gallery!

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