The Emporia State Diversity Book Club is celebrating LGBTQ pride by reading “The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin.
“This is our second book for the semester (and) we’re speaking on LGBTQ, that type of aspect of diversity,” said Carissa Ford, graduate assistant for diversity student programs. “Last time it was Hispanic heritage month, celebrating that culture aspect.”
The club reads books to times a semester over many diversity topics.
“We try to go by our heritage months and right now we are in Native American heritage month, but we took a break from book club so we wanted to read a book about the LGBTQ community,” said Deanna Williams, director of diversity programs.
This month’s book is about a young women who was abandoned as a baby and eventually separated from her grandmother, who acted as her caregiver, and ended up in Paradise, Jamaica with a family that had issues.
Staceyann Chin, wrote this book about her struggles of moving from house to house, coming out as a lesbian, finding who she thinks is her dad and discovering her voice, according to the book synopsis.
The club meets to discuss each of the books, according to Ford. They usually meet five times per book in the Diversity lounge with snacks and drinks.
“The next book won’t be until next year and it’ll be for black history month,” Williams said.
The club is open to everyone, and the sign up is in the Center for Student Involvement. There is a limit of 20 students because that’s how many books they have, according to Williams.
The program is inclusive and is not meant to restrict any students who want to join.
“The book is free,” Ford said. “It comes with a bookmark. Everything is free…The snacks are also free as well.”
Meetings will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27 in the Diversity Lounge in the Memorial Union, according to their information card in the CSI.