In this short and powerful book, Adam Eli draws on his Jewish and Queer identities to form a guide for current and future members of the queer community and their allies. Adam uses the idea that “all Jewish people are responsible for one another” to reflect what is needed to unite the LGBTQIAA+ community, “Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere.” Adam advocates for the need to not only stand up for LGBTQIAA+ rights, but the rights of all marginalized groups whether or not they intersect. Adam’s words remind me of a saying of Rabbi Hillel’s, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” The New Queer Conscience is about creating a collective understanding of each other in order to create a safer place for future generations.
The New Queer Conscience is part of the Pocket Change Collective Series published by Penguin Random House. Check out the other books here.
Pub Date: June 2nd, 2020
Page Count: 64
Audience: Young Adult