GenderFail Reader 1 + 2 + 3 - 23 Essays 318 Pages is a compilation of all three volumes of our GenderFail Reader series. At the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic (and now almost two years into this ongoing tragedy) we released our first GenderFail Reader. This first edition compiled essays from previously published zines and other written essays by myself (Be Oakley) and my partner Yvonne LeBien. This book is a capstone of all three volumes, including essays, artworks and ideas that have helped to formulate GenderFail during the last 6 years of the project. These essays speak to the interests, research and passions that drive GenderFail and highlight the powerful agency behind self and small publishing. My hope is that these essays inspire you to future actions, dreams, hopes and new worlds that center people and communities fighting for a world without colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism and heteronormative oppression.
Be Oakley, (formally known as Brett Suemnicht) Born 1991 in Clearwater, Florida; is an writer, facilitator and publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. Oakley's projects looks to what Fred Moten calls "the politics of the mess" by framing their identity as a white non-binary queer person in its intersections with failure and internationality. In 2015 they started GenderFail, a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. Their work has been shown in programs and exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (NYC), the Studio Museum of Harlem, The International Center of Photography (NYC), Vox Populi and Sediment Arts. Their publications can be found in the library collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Met Museum, The Center for Book Arts and many others.