Queers vs. State

Being queer has never been easy, and, at least in a half of the world, is still highly dangerous. The next book club meeting on December 8th, 5 PM, will be dedicated to the complicated relationship of LGBTQ+ and state. 

What is it like to be a queer under a threat of imprisonment or death penalty? How did LGBTQ+ people survive in totalitarian states? What kind of challenges do we face by being queers in contemporary Estonia? 

Also, December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, which is a perfect time to remember the most brutal struggle for LGBTQ+ lives, which resulted in major changes in legislation worldwide. 

Check out our book and film recommendations and share your own advice in the comments! 

P.S. We have pizza! 😉 🍕



  • “Great believers” by Rebecca Makkai
  • “To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara
  • “Kalevi alt välja” by Andreas Kalkun, Rebeka Põldsam, Vahur Aabrams
  • “Bad Gays: A Homosexual History” by Ben Miller and Huw Lemmey
  • “All The Young Men” by Ruth Coker Burks, Kevin Carr O’Leary
  • “Red Closet: The Hidden History of Gay Oppression in the USSR” by Rustam Alexander


Films and TV shows:

  • Paris is burning (1990)
  • V for Vendetta (2006)
  • Milk (2008)
  • Pride (2014)
  • 120 beats per minute (2017)
  • Boy Erased (2018)
  • Firebird (2021)
  • It’s a Sin (2021)


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