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Pride Month

Posted over 2 years ago by April S

LGBT Pride Month is observed every year in June and has sparked year-round celebrations, events and nationwide efforts to increase awareness of issues important to the LGBT community. LGBTQ History Month is observed in October, which is dedicated to celebrating and teaching LGBTQ history.

Why is Pride Month celebrated in June? - To honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots, which ensued in response to police brutality aimed at the Gay community gathering at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. This was a significant tipping point in history that ultimately led to the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement. And while progress has been made with LGBT+ social movements the fight for equal rights continues to this day.

We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity. ~ George Takei
When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free. ~ Barack Obama

Biographies / Autobiographies / Memoirs

Karamo : my story of embracing purpose, healing, and hope / Karamo Brown with Jancee Dunn
Love wins : the lovers and lawyers who fought the landmark case for marriage equality / Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell
Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more / Janet Mock
Boy erased : a memoir / Garrard Conley
The Book of Pride : LGBTQ heroes who changed the world / Mason Funk
Tomorrow will be different : love, loss, and the fight for trans equality / Sarah McBride
When we rise : my life in the movement / Cleve Jones
Queer, there, and everywhere : 23 people who changed the world / Sarah Prager, illustrations by Zoë More O'Ferrall
Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Mark Langthorne, Matt Richards
Hiding Out : a memoir of drugs, deception, and double lives / Tina Alexis Allen

General History and More

We are Everywhere : protest, power, and pride in the history of Queer Liberation / Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown ; foreword by Eric Marcus
We Make it Better: The LGBTQ Community and Their Positive Contributions to Society by Eric Rosswood and Kathleen Archambeau
Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
Pride: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times
Love and resistance : out of the closet into the stonewall era / photographs by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies ; from the New York Public Library Archives ; edited by Jason Baumann ; with an Introduction by Roxane Gay
Beyond trans : does gender matter? / Heath Fogg Davis
Storycorps Outloud : Voices of the LGBTQ Community From Across America / Dave Isay
Outlaw Marriages - The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples by Rodger Streitmatter
Transgender history : the roots of today's revolution / Susan Stryker
The Gay revolution : the story of the struggle / Lillian Faderman


Stonewall: Breaking Out In The Fight For Gay Rights by Ann Bausum
The Stonewall reader / The New York Public Library ; foreword by Edmund White ; edited with an introduction by Jason Baumann
The Stonewall riots : coming out in the streets / Gayle E Pitman; Foreword by Fred Sargeant
Stonewall (2015) - movie written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Roland Emmerich
Before Stonewall - documentary directed by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg
Articles / Online Resources

LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts (CNN)

50 Years Later, What We Forgot About Stonewall (NYT)

Google Celebrates 50 Years of LGBTQ Pride with 'Living Monument' to the Stonewall Riots (Time)

Remembering Stonewall (StoryCorps)

Anti-Defamation League: LGBT Pride Month Curriculum Resources

American Civil Liberties Union: LGBT Rights

Amnesty International: LGBT Rights / Pride Month

Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Human Rights Campaign

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

National LGBTQ Task Force

PFLAG - National and Toledo

Equality Toledo

Toledo Pride

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