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Virtual Event: Grace Perry and Greg Mania
June 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
JOIN US ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3 AT 6PM PT WHEN GRACE PERRY IS JOINED BY GREG MANIA TO DISCUSS HER BOOK, THE 2000S MADE ME GAY: ESSAYS ON POP CULTURE, ON ZOOM!
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Praise for The 2000s Made Me Gay
“Millennials grew up in such a chaotic cultural moment but it all seemed inevitable and normal because we had nothing to compare it to, and Grace’s witty and honest book helped me appreciate just how uniquely bizarre a time it was. It’s mind-blowing to see that I wasn’t the only weird teen girl who did the weird teen girl things I did. It’s fun to look back with her guidance. Her writing is so honest, funny, smart, and illuminating.” —Anna Drezen, co-head writer of SNL, author of How May We Hate You?
“A gay hike through the media that shaped my little gay life, revisiting all of the big questions of my adolescence.” —Sarah Pappalardo, editor in chief and co-founder of Reductress
“Grace Perry’s debut essay collection is the peak of pop-culture–peppered Millennial reflection. This masterful first book will cut deep.” —Joel Meares, editor in chief of Rotten Tomatoes
“Perry specializes in the kind of writing that makes you feel like you’ve known her for years. [W]hip-smart…hilarious and sneakily thought-provoking.” —Morgan Olsen, editor in chief of Time Out Chicago
About The 2000s Made Me Gay
From The Onion and Reductress contributor, this collection of essays is a hilarious nostalgic trip through beloved 2000s media, interweaving cultural criticism and personal narrative to examine how a very straight decade forged a very queer woman
“Honest, funny, smart, and illuminating.” —Anna Drezen, co-head writer of SNL
“If you came of age at the intersection of Mean Girls and The L Word: Read this book.” —Sarah Pappalardo, editor in chief and co-founder of Reductress
Today’s gay youth have dozens of queer peer heroes, both fictional and real, but former gay teenager Grace Perry did not have that luxury. Instead, she had to search for queerness in the (largely straight) teen cultural phenomena the aughts had to offer: in Lindsay Lohan’s fall from grace, Gossip Girl, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” country-era Taylor Swift, and Seth Cohen jumping on a coffee cart. And, for better or worse, these touch points shaped her adult identity. She came out on the other side like many millennials did: in her words, gay as hell.
Throw on your Von Dutch hats and join Grace on a journey back through the pop culture moments of the aughts, before the cataclysmic shift in LGBTQ representation and acceptance—a time not so long ago, which many seem to forget.