Diverse Stories And Why They Matter


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Diverse Stories and Why They Matter: Author George Johnson in Conversation with Anwesha Kundu, Kristen Kolenz, and Steve Hoffman Humana Distinguished Library Lecturer Series

Join George Johnson and Centre’s own Anwesha Kundu, Kristen Kolenz, and Steve Hoffman as they discuss the imperative of reading and sharing diverse stories. Storytelling isn’t just a form of entertainment—for GEORGE M. JOHNSON, whose body of work on diversity and queer identity inspires readers across the world to “be themselves unapologetically,” writing has the power to change lives. The award-winning Black non-binary author and activist is one of the 2022 TIME100 Next, TIME‘s annual list of rising stars, as well as one of Out’s 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People. They use their inspiring life story to teach individuals, corporations, and policymakers about LGBTQIA+ activism and social justice in healthcare. Their New York Times bestselling memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, a powerful recounting of George’s adolescence growing up as a young Black queer boy in New Jersey, was optioned for television by Gabrielle Union and Sony TV and called “an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects” by the New York Times. George Johnson's book was number two on the list of most banned books in 2022.

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