Saturday, July 16th 2022
Saturday, July 16th
345 S. 12th Street Philadelphia, PA
Continue the 2022 Pride season into July! Join Philadelphia Asian & Queer on July 16 at the historic LGBTQ+ bookstore Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, for a reading by Michael Dumlao, author of The Wisdom of Guncles, a collective work of stories highlighting the familial relationships of people in the LGBTQ+ community.
The Wisdom of Guncles is a collective narrative of LGBTQ+ experiences, and their relationships with family — however they choose to define it. It features stories from guncles (gay uncles) as Dumlao features what various LGBTQ+ experiences teach about disrupting norms, exploring identity, and creating chosen families that affirm one’s truth.
Michael Dumlao (He/They) is an artist, author, and activist equipped with more than twenty-two years of advancing diversity, equity, and social justice through award-winning brand strategy, digital marketing, and creative storytelling in corporate, federal, academic, and non-profit environments. He led the rebrand of a Fortune 500 company as its first Director of Brand and serve as a senior advisor for leaders in government, defense, and intelligence.
A sought-after speaker on audacious authenticity, brand activation, and diversity, he is passionate about the role of creativity and the arts in making a better world. Born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Sydney, Australia, schooled in Santa Barbara, California, he now resides in Washington DC with his Peruvian husband Daniel and their rescue dog, America. He is the proud guncle to more than fifty far-flung niblings and protégés to whom his debut book, The Wisdom of Guncles, is dedicated.
About Philadelphia Asian & Queer:
Philadelphia Asian & Queer (PAQ) is a volunteer, social organization that strives to engage queer (LGBTQIA+), Asian/Asian-American folks within the greater Philadelphia area. Through a range of advocacy, social, and supportive programming, we commit to building and uniting our collective voices as a queer, Asian/Asian-American community.