The City of West Hollywood invites community members to attend ShopQueer.co and wayOUT’s pop-up book fair events during July 2023 and August 2023 at Plummer Park’s south parking lot, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
In response to the influx of anti-LGBTQ legislation, drag performer Adam Powell and Dr. Eric Cervini, co-founders of ShopQueer.co, created the Rainbow Book Bus in partnership with the wayOUT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating programs and opportunities for LGBTQ youth. The purpose of the Rainbow Book Bus is to elevate LGBTQ writers and authors and use literature as a transformative tool to educate and inform audiences across the nation.
ShopQueer.co and the wayOUT have made West Hollywood one of their first national tour stops. Remaining Pop-up events are as follows:
- Saturday, July 29, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, August 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday, August 11 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Proceeds raised through the Rainbow Book Bus pop-up events will largely be used to support the wayOUT’s network of LGBTQ centers, which provide much-needed resources to queer communities. Some of these resources include personal and group therapy sessions, in-house and out-house housing services, work programs, gender-affirming services, and HIV testing and medication.
ShopQueer.co is an independent bookshop based in Los Angeles that is dedicated to sharing, circulating, and amplifying the voices and stories of LGBTQ writers and authors. ShopQueer.co’s mission is to bring queer content and literature to a global audience and provide a platform for LGBTQ authors. ShopQueer.co splits all profits with the authors with whom it works. Since its launch in October 2022, ShopQueer.co has sold nearly 10,000 books. The wayOUT is a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering local organizations and entrepreneurs by advancing programs and initiatives that support LGBTQ youth across the country. The wayOUT has five local chapters and has contributed more than $1 million to support at-need LGBTQ youth centers on a national level.