It’s June, and that means it’s time to celebrate Pride Month, held every year in honor of the Stonewall riots of 1969. These early protests by the LGBTQ+ community were instrumental in shaping the history of Pride in the US, and across the world. Whether you’re looking to learn more about the movement, or you just want to enjoy books and other media that are created by queer voices, we are happy to supplement your Pride Month with these titles and more.
For younger readers, there are several titles that can introduce them to the movement. Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders is a good telling of the story that introduces readers to the people instrumental in the riots. Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, also by Rob Sanders, goes into the history of the now iconic rainbow flag.
For adults, there is a wide array of fiction titles that you can read to celebrate LGBTQ+ people. Might we suggest the book Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, which explores the complexities of relationships. For mystery lovers, there’s Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia.
And of course, we have plenty of options for teens and young adults. Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk is about the adventures of two young women in love, and All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown is a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre.
For those using the ebook app and website Hoopla, there is a dedicated page to LGBTQ+ books to read or listen to this Pride Month.
And as long as you’re reading, you can join in on this year’s Summer Reading Challenge! We’re encouraging participants to read 600 minutes, earning a chance to win a grand prize raffle at the end of the challenge on August 8th. Earn extra chances to win by completing a wide variety of activities, too.