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Author discussion puts focus on domestic abuse in queer relationships

“If you need this book, it is for you.”

Author Carmen Maria Machado dedicates In the Dream House, her award-winning, innovative memoir of domestic abuse in a queer relationship, to anyone who needs it.

At Diverse & Resilient Appleton, we hosted a pair of discussions where LGBTQ+ community members gathered to discuss the book, share education on the patterns of domestic abuse and sexual violence in LGBTQ+ relationships, and learn about resources available to LGBTQ+ people in our community who have experienced harm.

Nick Ross reads In The Dream House

We are one of those resources. Our program provides free and confidential advocacy services to LGBTQ+ people who have experienced harm, including domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, family rejection and more. You can reach one of our Northeast Wisconsin advocates by calling or texting our resource line at 414.856.5428. If you need our program, it is for you.

Through grant support from the Community Foundation, we are excited to welcome Machado to our community, learn about her writing process, and listen to her in conversation with our director Kathy Flores.

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The author event will be at Lawrence University Warch Campus Center Cinema on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This date is special – it’s National Coming Out Day — situated comfortably in Hispanic Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will gather in person and Machado will join us virtually for a night of conversation. The event is open to the public.

If you need this event, it is for you —so please join us.

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