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Name's Forrest. I'm a licensed, QWOC Atlanta-based librarian, #blerd, and published poet. My love for reading fuels my passion to circulate Black and Queer History, and Literature. Celebrate reading with me! You are not alone. There is a book out there for you. Check out favoritelibrarian.com for more!

Favorite Librarian, the Podcast Forrest Evans

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Name's Forrest. I'm a licensed, QWOC Atlanta-based librarian, #blerd, and published poet. My love for reading fuels my passion to circulate Black and Queer History, and Literature. Celebrate reading with me! You are not alone. There is a book out there for you. Check out favoritelibrarian.com for more!

    BONUS: "Never Been Played, Played Along"

    BONUS: "Never Been Played, Played Along"

    From traveling to southeast Georgia to visit family, working in her community to consistently posting Black and LGBTQ People of Color literature, and resources-- in this episode, Forrest shares her personal experiences and insight about Gender Expression, identity and sexuality.

    The conversation continues with exploring pivotal elements of Heteronormal spaces, femme privilege and sexuality possibility-- along with Your Inner Teenage and the Importance of Friendships. 

    "Power: The Rise of Black Women in America" by Charity C. Elder, "Reclaiming Two Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal and Soverneighty in Native America" Gregory D. Smithers and "Set Boundaries, Find Peace" by Nedra Glover Tawwab are just a few suggested titles come this episode. 

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    BONUS: The Restorative Act of Not Giving A Good Damn

    BONUS: The Restorative Act of Not Giving A Good Damn

    This podcast episode is to create, build, and share practice healing and liberation in Black Queer, Queer and Trans Communities-- through my insight, findings and personal stories.

    Breaking down this episode into 4 sections, jump into this conversation:

    Defining the Types of Trauma and Their Symptoms
    The Restraint of Emotional Labor
    Archived harm within the body
    Healing the Mind, Body and Soul

    Before holiday season, check out this resources to support your journey.  Continue reading!

    THE NATIONAL QUEER AND TRANS THERAPISTS OF COLOR NETWORK(NQTTCN) https://www.nqttcn.com/
    LGBTQ Holiday Survival 2022 Guide |LGBTQ Holiday Survival Guide https://www.mainlinehealth.org/blog/lgbtq-holiday-survival-guide

    YOGA WITH JESSAMYN STANLEY http://jessamynstanley.com/

    THE ROOTED COLLECTIVE http://bemorerooted.org/
    ALLY.WIKI http://ally.wiki/


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    BONUS Healing: The Angry Part of Trauma and Wrestling with Ourselves

    BONUS Healing: The Angry Part of Trauma and Wrestling with Ourselves

    Join Forrest, Your Favorite Librarian for an impromptu and informal conversation. Consisting of b-roll, new audio clips and personal recordings-- jump into the dialogue with Forrest.

    From exploring Grief and shame, the usage of both and how they effect expressions of sexuality and identity to rediscovering self in new environments. Forrest doesn't stop there, the conversation continues with paired personal stories and memories.

    From defining and understanding spiritual trauma and abuse, respectability politics and honoring other's and their needs over self, this episode is more than a BONUS. With Forrest, explore what healing and self-identification looks like in the American South and Queer spaces, and also as a Queer person of color.

    Forrest also discusses self-repression and the effects of voluntarily erasing self in an effort to be tolerated and ultimately accepted. From how not to use trauma and shame to how to copy with trauma and shame--- examine Forrest's suggested tools and tips, and recommend resources.

    Episode's Suggested Books
    1. "This (Boi)want Body: Narratives of a Queer Black Boi & the Waters that Carry Them" by Bobbi Kindred
    2. "In Visible Archives: Queer and Feminist Visual Culture in the 1980's" by Margaret Galvan
    3. "Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement" by Jennifer Patterson 
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    BONUS: Queer Christians and When to Shut Up

    BONUS: Queer Christians and When to Shut Up

    This "phantom season" consists of b-roll and other, new audio recordings of Forrest, Favorite Librarian. Without a script or outline, see what is on Forrest's mind, heart and current reading list.

    Check out "Sexuality and Black Church: A Womanist Perspective" by Kelly Brown Douglas  and while you're at it also check out "Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where Black Meets Queer" by Kathryn Bond Stockton and "Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future" by Brandi Collins-Dexter. 

    Walk through this informal conversation with Forrest, a whole hour with Your Favorite Librarian. 

    Until Season 3's release in June 2024, continue reading and check out all episodes of Favorite Librarian, the Podcast everywhere-- on all streaming platforms. Stay connected on Instagram at @FavoriteLibrarian or www.favoritelibrarian.com.

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    Ep. 20: You Are Okay... And on to the Next

    Ep. 20: You Are Okay... And on to the Next

    Wrapping up Season II of Favorite Librarian the Podcast, join Forrest for this year's last podcast episode. Paired with Toni Morrison's National Best Seller " Self Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations," jump into this week's episode. Broken into 4 sections:

    I. Atlanta Pride
    II. Self Regard and Discipline
    III. Holiday Blues and Anxiety
    IV. Community Building, Consistency, Reading

    October celebrates so many communities for its monthly celebration like Intersex Awareness month. part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Pilipino Heritage Month, and most importantly Gullah Geechee Heritage Month. As a low country native, Gullah Geechee history is gem Your Favorite Librarian adores circulating.

    Stay in the loop of great Black and LGBTQIA+ Literature, and resources, by following Forrest-- Your Favorite Librarian on IG at @favoritelibrarian or www.favoritelibrarian.com.

    Be sure to share, like and leave a comment about how you enjoy, or provide any suggestions, for this great podcast. 
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    Ep. 19: Intentions, Self Discipline, and Balance

    Ep. 19: Intentions, Self Discipline, and Balance

    This week, after meeting Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Nikema Williams, and State Representative Park Cannon-- Your Favorite Librarian has been on cloud nine.

    Paired with "DapperQ Style: Ungendering Fashion" by Anita Dolce Vita, jump into this conversation with Forrest. Divided into four portions, check out this episode.

    1. Friends, Family, and Foes
    2. Routine
    3. Introverts vs. Extroverts
    4. Apply, Obtain, Use and Repeat

    With only one episode left of season II, be sure to leave a review or what you like the most about this season. 

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