The Rainbow Book Bus
As anti-LGBTQ+ book bans sweep the country, ShopQueer.co is launching a loud, proud, and very queer bookmobile, bringing queer joy, stories, and community to the towns that need it the most.
$196,135.00 raised of $200,000 goal
The bus is built and beautiful -- and now we're fundraising to hire a full-time Tour Manager to take LGBTQ+ book fairs across the South!
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$25 - Friend
We’ll send you a collectible thank-you card and a sheet of ShopQueer.co stickers!
$50 - Supporter
Show your support for queer creators with your very own ShopQueer.co Founder's Edition tote bag! Also includes all Friend gifts.
$100 - Patron
With gratitude for your profound support of queer authors, Eric would love to personalize a signed hardcover of The Deviant’s War just for you. Also includes all Supporter rewards.
$1000 - Sponsor
Cement your place in history with your name on a plaque inside the Rainbow Book Bus! Also includes all Patron rewards.
A nationwide tour of pop-up queer book fairs, promoting queer literature and fundraising for local LGBTQ+ youth centers! Think Scholastic book fairs, but fabulous.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we’ve already purchased a school bus, stripped out the interior, and collaborated with a trans architect and nonbinary designer to completely renovate the bus inside and out. (She’s gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves.)
With your continued support, we’ll be able to keep the Rainbow Book Bus stocked with hundreds of queer books, finish planning our first tour, hire an experienced driver, and hit the road later this year — not to mention, keep paying the talented queer team who makes it all happen!
Last school year, an unprecedented 2,532 book bans were enacted, affecting 1,648 unique titles and 1,553 authors and artists. Across 32 states, 138 school districts implemented book bans, affecting nearly 4 millions students. Of these unique book titles, 41% (674 books) contain LGBTQ+ themes and/or protagonists.
Banning queer books is just one example of the onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry that’s sweeping the country, hand in hand with legislation infringing our hard-won rights. Amid these attacks, it’s essential for our community and our allies to do everything in our power to protect and celebrate queer stories.
The Rainbow Book Bus is one way that ShopQueer.co is fighting back.
We’re hoping to launch our first tour in early 2024! Of course, our timeline depends on how quickly we can raise the rest of the funds needed to get the tour in motion. *wink*
We’d love to! But before we plan our itinerary, we need the funds to get us across the country and back! In the meantime, feel free to subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page, and we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve got our first route locked in!
Because ShopQueer.co isn’t classified as a nonprofit, your contribution to the Rainbow Book Bus from this page isn’t tax-deductible.
However, you can make a tax-deductible donations to the campaign here, thanks to our nonprofit partner and fiscal sponsor, The wayOUT LGBT Foundation. We can’t thank you enough for your support!