• The New Queer Conscience

  • By: Adam Eli
  • Narrated by: Adam Eli
  • Length: 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.

"The new manifesto for how we as queer people could and should navigate the world. It's the holding hand I never had - but wish I did." (Troye Sivan, Golden Globe-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor)

"With the persistence of queerphobia all around the world, this book is absolutely necessary, even vital." (Édouard Louis, internationally best-selling author of History of Violence)

"To Eli's credit, all of the rules are rooted in considerations of conscience and kindness and, if observed, will make a better world - as will this book." (Booklist starred review)

"A must-read that highlights the importance of radical empathy, community building, and solidarity." (School Library Journal starred review)

In The New Queer Conscience, LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli argues the urgent need for queer responsibility - that queers anywhere are responsible for queers everywhere.

Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today's leading activists and artists. In this installment, The New Queer Conscience, Voices4 Founder and LGBTQIA+ activist Adam Eli offers a candid and compassionate introduction to queer responsibility. Eli calls on his Jewish faith to underline how kindness and support within the queer community can lead to a stronger global consciousness. More importantly, he reassures us that we're not alone. In fact, we never were. Because if you mess with one queer, you mess with us all.

©2020 Adam Eli (P)2020 Listening Library

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Just Fabulous

Very good. In the age of information and social media connections; we queers are more aware and will not tolerate the bigotry any longer. We must look out for our brothers and sisters who are experiencing intersecting oppressions. We will Overcome. Great book.

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  • Ben Stokes
  • 07-03-21

underwhelming and frustrating

Idealistic, superficial, patronizing.

it has nothing to say except be nice to people. so if you need to be told to be nice, then this book is for you. it's really just basic decency. maybe young people do need to hear this? I'm really struggling to see its relevance.

considering how much the topic could have encompassed, the run time is like 50minutes. we get to hear that he had a crush on his straight friend, was in a Jewish family and came out at some point. theres no depth and it's not engaging. he mentions that we are not taught about queer icons or struggles, and fleetingly lists a few. Then he lists his 10 commandments. look elsewhere if you are after something informative or inspiring.

also deceiving is that the author considers Queer as a term describing all people within the LGBTQIA+ community, so if you are after a book about the "Queer" subculture, as in the "Q" within that acronym, this book is not for you.

I think the use of the word queer in the title made me expect so much more - a discussion of queer identity and social narratives.

it would be nice to have contemplated our community's role is other cultures outside or prior to the Abrahamic faiths, such as healers, medicine people, shamans etc, and consider what our uniqueness by virtue of being outside current social narratives can bring to humanity.

Considering other cultures' words to mean "gay" is also an enlightening topic.

Or gays being burnt at the stake with the witches.

Some identity building would have been welcomed. We are not just a people fighting for equal rights and to assimilate, we are a people with unique qualities and perspectives on the world with a rich history outside of the suppression endured under the Abrahamic Faith's. a missed opportunity. It really could have been a rich subject.