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'Harley Quinn' writer to give virtual talk during Pima Library's LGBTQ+ series

'Harley Quinn' writer to give virtual talk during Pima Library's LGBTQ+ series

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Tee Franklin, the first Black woman to write "Harley Quinn," will discuss book "Bingo Love" during Saturday's virtual talk hosted by the Pima County Public Library's LGBTQ+ Services Committee.

The DC Comics and Image Comics author was nominated for 2022 GLAAD Media Award.

As a female creator who is queer, disabled, autistic and a person of color, Franklin weaves her experiences of being a parent, a member of the LGBTQ+ community and experiences of love and marginalization into her queer romance graphic novel, "Bingo Love."

"Bingo Love" was published Valentine's Day of 2018. The story follows the relationship between Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, who met at church bingo and fell in love at first sight. However, that was in 1963 and being a queer woman of color wasn't acceptable. Instead, they each married men and had their own families. They met again decades later— again at bingo — and realized their love for each other wasn't a thing of the past and was still alive.

The virtual event will be held on Zoom, 10-11 a.m., Saturday, June 18. Advance registration is required to attend.

Bianca Morales is’s Cultural Expression and Community Values reporter, and a Report for America corps member supported by readers like you.

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