Every month Capital City Pride Book Club Members will choose 1 LGBTQ+ book to read as a group. Each month there will be suggested books for members to choose from and will be selected by majority vote. At the end of the month, Capital City Pride will host a Zoom call that members can join with a moderator to lead discussions about the book, AND we might even have the Author join us at some meetings!
LGBTQ+ Virtual Book Club is completely free to join! Click the button below to join our email group for all the latest updates and meeting times! Also, join our facebook group "MSCCP LGBTQ Book Club" as it will serve as a safe place for continuous dialogue amongst the group. We look forward to reading with you!
The eighth book we will be reading is "A Lesbian Belle Tells OUTrageous Southern Stories of Family, Loss, and Love" by Elizabeth McCain.
Based on Elizabeth McCain’s award-winning one-woman play, A Lesbian Belle Tells. . ., this riveting memoir will captivate readers with her true tales of growing up in Mississippi, coming out in DC as a lipstick lesbian, experiencing family rejection, and finding lasting love and belonging. The narrative is written from McCain’s perspective as a storyteller, humorist, feminist, spiritual counselor, and a keen cultural observer. And it’s dripping with Southern charm and drama!
"Elizabeth McCain has written a memoir of moments, tracing her journey from naive and intelligent Southern belle to a passionately spiritual and witty lesbian, still connected to her Southern roots. She is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for capturing the transgressive and touching encounters of coming out, falling in love, and claiming her place in the world. Sharing and celebrating the power of story is her calling, and we are all the better for that!"
-Carol Burbank, Ph.D., storyweaving coach, author of Storyweaving Playbook One
"I laughed. I cried. I was mesmerized. Elizabeth McCain is a tremendously gifted wordsmith.Her stories are open, honest, and will tug at your heartstrings, evoking imagery of what it was like growing up growing up and evolving within the rigid constraints of a Southern culture. Her indomitable spirit and sense of humor shine through. Each story in this memoir is a delicious morsel to relish and enjoy."
-Jamie Fox, DJ, entertainer
"Elizabeth McCain's memoir shows the vital importance that everyone, no matter who they are,needs to tell their stories. Elizabeth combines humor, sadness, gifted insight, and humility to remind us all of the power of story. While her book is about coming out as a lesbian, it is so much more. It is about how our common humanity unites us all and how much we all want to belong and be loved. It includes the life lessons we can all learn."
-Maya Kollman, Imago therapist
We ask that, if possible, you buy your books from local Mississippi Book Stores. We will call these stores in advance of any books chosen to be read to make sure that they will have them in stock. Two that we recommend are:
Lemuria Books - Jackson MS (601-366-7619)
Violet Valley Bookstore - Water Valley, MS (662-506-2750)