Book Discussion: Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives, by Walt Odets

Discovery Community San Francisco Bay Area
Discovery Community San Francisco Bay Area
Public group

Every 2nd Sunday of the month

Private Residence

7 blocks from the downtown BART station · Berkeley, CA

How to find us

The address will be shared once you RSVP


This month's selection is a moving exploration of how gay men construct their identities, fight to be themselves, and live authentically. Walt Odets's profound sensitivities to the dimensions of the closet, the plague years, survival, and rebirth have resulted in a monumental and mature painting--a giant mural of where we have been and where we stand. There is loss and humanness, and there is hope in the despair he charts. There is communion and commonality, and ultimately, there is celebration of how outsiders insist on being known and seen. All the stories--from those closest to Odets to those at a slight clinical remove--form a quilt that drapes over a culture that is still learning what comes next after the worst has happened.

These events are casual gatherings of gay men on the second Sunday of the month: we have fun and stimulating discussions about quality gay literature while sharing a potluck meal. Books are selected by participants several months in advance, and the only requirements for attending are to RSVP, to bring food and/or a beverage to share, and to have read a substantial part of what’s being discussed.

If you're coming, please add a "comment" on this page saying what you'll be bringing for the potluck so we're less likely to end up with only one type of food. The potluck's not a cooking competition, and store-bought food is fine!

Gather at 6:00 for potluck; discussion begins at 6:45 and ends by 8:30.

Note to all Discovery Community members: Want to host an event? Please fill out this google form with all the pertinent info and submit to the event committee, or one of the Meetup organizers.