Celebrate 2020 Pride Month in June

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Read with Pride

Celebrate Pride month with LGBTQ+ nonfiction and fiction for adults.

Nonfiction

The Stonewall Reader book coverThe Stonewall Reader

The Stonewall uprising is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement

Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers by Anna Bianchi

For anyone eager to understand their child's gender experience, or to learn how best to accept, support, and protect them, this book will provide knowledge, reassurance and the confidence to do so.

Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? by Heath Fogg Davis

Beyond Trans pushes the conversation on gender identity to its limits: questioning the need for gender categories in the first place. Whether on birth certificates or college admissions applications or on bathroom doors, why do we need to mark people and places with sex categories? Do they serve a real purpose or are these places and forms just mechanisms of exclusion?

The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Decker

It covers the basics of what asexuality is and isn’t, explores the most common issues asexual people may be dealing with, presents some pointers for newly asexual-identified people and the people who love them, and includes some resources to find out more. It’s for the layperson, written in everyday language.

super late bloomer book coverSuper Late Bloomer: My Early days in Transition by Julia Kaye

A highly personal collection documenting the early months of artist Julia Kaye's gender transition. Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection.

Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

When We Fight, We Win: 21st Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds

Longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers, to capture the stories, philosophy, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. When We Fight, We Win! weaves together interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Nutt

The inspiring true story of transgender actor and activist Nicole Maines, whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and ordinary American family join her on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.

Nicole appears as TV’s first transgender superhero on CW’s Supergirl

Fiction

all out anthology book coverAll Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier…to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain…to forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent…and an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods, and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction in the form of Jude Fuller.

let's talk about love book coverLet’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice's last girlfriend, Margo, ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual. Now Alice is sure she's done with dating... and then she meets Takumi. She can't stop thinking about him or the rom-com-grade romance feelings she did not ask for.

Don’t Feed the Trolls by Erica Kudisch

Gaming while female is enough to incur the wrath of the dude-bros, and they’ve come for me. Instead of fighting back, I’ve created an alternate account. Male name, male pronouns. And I’ve met this girl. I’ve always liked girls, and Laura’s adorable and smart and never gives up, and she likes me back. Or rather, she likes the man I’m pretending to be. But I can’t tell her I’m a woman without the mob coming after her too.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson

An audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love.

Picture Books for Pride

As we approach June, rainbow sightings will ramp up. It’s not a weather phenomenon of course – but the LGBTQ+ community and their allies celebrating Pride month. So here’s some personal picture book recommendations to include young children in the festivities.

LGBTQ+ History

Broaching the turbulent subject of LGBTQ+ history with children can be difficult, especially addressing injustice and riots. These books are gBook cover featuring a rainbow flag and title "Sewing the Rainbow"reat gentle introductions to what Pride is and where it came from.

Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag by Gayle E. Pitman illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown. Gilbert Baker is the creator of the rainbow flag that represents Pride and the LGBTQ+ movement, and this book tells the story of how he created the flag and what the colors represent.

Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders illustrated by Jamey Christoph. This book tells the story of the police raid on Stonewall Inn leading to the revolutionary night in LGBTQ+ history when members of the LGBTQ+ community began to protest and demand equal rights. The book does sanitize the event to make it more accessible for young children, but covers why that night is important in LGBTQ+ history.

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by Kristyna Litten. A rhyming book about a Pride parade and what people will see when they attend. It’s a short and charming read about the happy festivities and celebration.

 

Accepting Yourself

These picture books are great reads that focus on being comfortable with who you are. While not outright LGBTQ+, they carry the powerful message of discovering and loving yourself.

A Peacock among Pigeons by Tyler Curry Illustrated by Clarione Gutierrez. Peter the peacock finds himself Book cover featuring a bright peacock and pigeons and the title "A Peacock Among Pigeons"growing up among pigeons and is embarrassed by his feathers. When some new friends of all different kinds of birds visit, Peter learns the importance of being yourself and embraces his colors.

Red: A Crayon’s Story (also available in ebookby Michael Hall. No matter what Red the crayon tries, the color always comes out blue! Friends and family try to help, but Red doesn’t understand why their color doesn’t work until asked to draw a sea.

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima. Kelp has always assumed he is a narwhal as he lives with his narwhal family. One day Kelp is swept ashore and discovers unicorns that look a lot like him. Now Kelp feels he has to decide between the two worlds.

 

Different Families

There are many, many great picture books out there about how families can be made in different ways, including same-sex parents. These are just some of my personal favorites.

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole. Two male penguins Roy and Silo adopt an egg together with the help of the zookeeper. It’s based on two penguins from New York’s Central Park Zoo.

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco. Three young children love their family with two moms, but the Book cover featuring two children and two mothers and the title "In Our Mothers' House."people on their block don’t understand and say they’re different. Their two mothers show that different doesn’t mean wrong and they have everything a family is meant to be.

Stella Brings the Family (also available in eBook) by Miriam B. Schiffer. A sweet story about Stella, who faces a dilemma when her school hosts an event for Mother’s Day, and she brings her two fathers instead.

A Family is a Family is a Family (also available in eBookby Sara O’Leary. A teacher asks her class what makes their family special, and as the children answer they show that families come in all sizes, colors, and relations.

 

Gender Expression

Somethings we act differently from how others expect us to act, and look to find a new way to express who we are. Childhood is all about exploring and learning, and often about yourself. Here’s some books that show different gender expression and address transgender individuals.

A House for Everyone by Jo Hirst. Friends gather on the playground to build a house together. They all have different jobs and have different ways of expressing themselves.

Book cover featuring a young boy on a man's shoulders and receiving a kiss on the cheek from a girl with the title "When Aidan Became a Brother"When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. Everyone thought Aidan was a girl when he was born, and his parents helped fix the parts of his life that didn’t fit anymore. When a new baby is announced, Aidan wants to help but is afraid of making mistakes. Aidan learns that mistakes can be fixed with honesty and communication.

I am Jazz (also available in eBook) by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. Since she was two, Jazz knew she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. Her family is confused, but with love and acceptance they help Jazz express herself. This book is based on real life experiences by one of the authors.

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian Illustrated by Mike Curato. Worm loves Worm, and they want to get married. Their insect friends all pitch in to help, but who will be the groom and who will be the bride?

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Pride month!

Teen Pride

Summer Pride: it's here, it's hot! How can you take part, right where you are, as a young person?

LGBT Fantasy Reads

Fantastical stories for Pride Month.

Escape into enthralling stories, supernatural worlds, and trascendant adventures with these LGBT+ fansty books for young adults. 

The Diviners by Libba Bray -  "Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped offBook cover featuring a broken strand of pearls and the title "The Diviners Libba Bray" to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as 'The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.'

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first."

Black Wings Beating by Alex London - "The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer―while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power."Book cover illustration of crows and falconers and the title "Black Wings Beating Alex London"

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - "A gender-fluid pickpocket named Sal auditions to become a replacement member of the Left Hand – the queen’s quartet of assassins – but must survive the competition while also putting their true reason for auditioning into motion. Revenge."

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - " Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first."

Book cover of two trapeze artists reaching for each other and the title "Pantomime Laura Lam"Pantomime by Laura Lam -  "Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.

The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?"

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