Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's LGBT Pride Month 2017

Where It Began The window reads “We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village.” Photograph by Diana Davies. Copyright owned by New York Public Library or CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Each June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. According to the Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent confrontations in 1969 between police officers and gay rights activists. The riots, sometimes referred to as the Stonewall Uprising, took place outside the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar. At the time it was illegal to be openly gay.

That June, police raided several gay bars; on the 28th officers began arresting Stonewall Inn patrons. Rather than retreat as usual, however, customers in and outside the bar were uncooperative and became violent, tossing objects at patrol vehicles, trapping officers, and “making them feel the same fear and humiliation that was a constant in [the customers'] lives” (Law and the Gay Rights Story by Walter Frank). The protest continued for more than five days as crowds grew to number in the thousands. The Stonewall Riots became the catalyst for a united and organized LGBT community, ultimately leading to the Gay Liberation Movement.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated across the nation and around the world with parties, parades, picnics, concerts, and memorials for members of the LGBT community who lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Its purpose is to commemorate and recognize the impact that the LGBT community has had on America and beyond (Library of Congress).

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month by selecting a book from the following recommended LGBT titles, all available for checkout at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Locate additional titles (electronic and print) via the TWU Libraries homepage > Catalog Search. Need help? Contact a library staff member by phone, text, chat, or email.

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewart
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Heather has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
In our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Valencia by Michelle Tea

~Joslyn Sandlin

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