Hello Out on the Shelf members! Here is a recap of what's been happening at OOTS this past month, along with the upcoming month's programs and events.

Before we shout out community happenings, we want to take time to reaffirm our solidarity with Indigenous communities and their struggle against the historic and continued violence of the settler-colonial state of so-called Canada. Queer liberation is incompatible with the settler colonial state. 

Some places to donate to:

Tomorrow on July 1st, there's also a local #CancelCanadaDay action at 2:00 PM which starts at the Basilica of Our Lady at 28 Norfolk Street, Guelph. For more solidarity actions and information, check out Idle No More.


📖 Book of the Month: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

(book content warning: death, food)

Published in 1988, Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. As the three of them form an improvised family that soon weathers its own tragic losses, Yoshimoto spins a lovely, evocative tale with the kitchen and the comforts of home at its heart.

Request a free copy to borrow by July 13th for our next book club on July 15th at 7:00 PM.

For more information contact programming@outontheshelf.com 

📅 Programs & Events

07. 05 | 2SGBTQ+ Guy's Group

07. 12 | Rainbow Crafters

07. 14 | OOTS Board Meeting

07.15  | Book Club

07. 19 | Gender Intersect

07. 20 | Gaymes Night

Event Calendar

✨ Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to get more involved with Out on the Shelf? We are currently seeking:

Join us and meet new people, learn new skills, and help us grow!

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📰 News and Updates

New Board of Directors 👋

At our last Annual General Meeting, we voted in a new slate of Board of Directors. As you can see from our list of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors, many board members are returning, but we also have new faces! 

We also want to say a heartfelt thank you to our retiring board members Odesia and Peter for all their contributions to Out on the Shelf and Guelph Pride, running virtual pride festivals, connecting us to other community organizations, coordinating donation of books, training volunteers, and more! Thank you so much💗

On the Radio 📻

OOTS was on CFRU 93.3 FM twice this month! First, listen to a mini-interview with Student Volunteer Connections at the University of Guelph about volunteering from June 14, 2021. Second, listen to a panel conversation about Pride in Guelph from Breezy Breakfast from June 28, 2021.   

Queer Fiction Podcasts📈

Did you know that our most frequently visited page on our website is Queer Fiction Podcasts? Check out actual play, comedy, drama, sci-fi/fantasy, and horror podcasts for your listening pleasure! We also have put together nonfiction podcasts, webseries, and youtube channels.  

    💰 Fundraising

    Pride Month Fundraiser Goal Met! 🌈

    Thank you to the generosity of all our donors, big and small! We raised over $1,000 dollars this month due to donations from friends, community members, teachers' unions, and local businesses. This money will help us increase our collections by purchasing books by and about LGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and racialized folks; provide ASL interpreters for more events to increase accessibility; compensate local LGBTQIA+ community members for their knowledge, talent, and expertise; and help us continue to grow and serve the Guelph and Wellington community. 

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you🥰

    While our fundraiser has ended, we welcome donations year round, whether it's a one-time donation or a monthly donation.


    🏆Community Spotlight(s)

    This month we're recognizing our good friends at ARCH. ARCH provides "anti-oppressive, sex-positive, inclusive care, treatment and prevention services in the area of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections through innovative health promotion strategies and community engagement." ARCH has not only been a great community partner, but many folks from ARCH have been involved with OOTS and Guelph Pride throughout the years.

    You might already be familiar with their Voices of Value program from earlier newsletters. Check out their weekly Trans & GNC Online Community Chats or Gender Journeys Guelph for the Fall.   

    We're also shouting out our friends at Black Lives Matter Guelph who have been doing amazing mutual aid work in Guelph. BLM Guelph is a "coalition of Black community members in Guelph resisting anti-Black racism, state-sanctioned and institutional violence, and fighting for Black Lives." 

    In June, BLM Guelph has been highlighting amazing Black Queer people in Canada! Donate to their GoFundMe to help them continue programs such as the Parkwood Gardens F.O.O.D. program and other community initiatives.

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