The second local authors’ reading and book signing was held at the Raleigh LGBT Center on Sunday afternoon October 13th. I participated in the first one in August. This event included three very different authors. Jimmy Creech’s book “Adam’s Gift” recounts his experience as a former United Methodist Church pastor and his crusade to change the official doctrine of the church that classifies the LGBT community as second-class members who are restricted in many opportunities for membership and service and specifically prohibited from marriage in the church. He has done many book tours all across the country and is well known for his position as a martyr because he was forced to give up his credentials after many years of service.
“AD 2040” is the work of a pen name author Grantham West, who wrote a science fiction novel speculating on the take-over of the United States by the radical right in a theocracy. The American Economy has suffered its second depression, gone through bankruptcy and the collapse of the Federal Government. The long-neglected HIV/AIDS epidemic is ravaging the country. The religious right fundamentalists have dictated mandatory testing and proposed a shocking solution to the problem in the police state of America. The situation in the 2007 book seems strikingly similar to today’s headlines. The author has worked as a volunteer with the local AIDS Service Alliance.
Melody Moezzi was perhaps the most surprising selection since she is a straight Iranian-American Muslim woman who also is a lawyer. She also suffers from the BiPolar disorder, and her memoir “Haldol and Hyacinths: a Bipolar Life” describes the many forms of discrimination she has faced. Even her personal appearance defies the passive stereotype since she looks more like a rock star than a lawyer.
Authors, Librarian, and leader of Affirming Faith Forum at LGBT Center