Did you know that Pride Month is celebrated in June in order to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, in which members of the LGBTQ+ community in Manhattan rose up to protest police raids on gay bars? While Pride Month at the library is a little quieter than that, here are some ways the library can help you honour the past, present, and future of LGBTQ+ communities around the world.
Whether you’re an ally looking to learn or an LGBTQ+ person hoping to see yourself reflected on the page, the library has books for you. For adults, check out our Read LGBTQ+ Booklist (also below) to see some of our favorites, or our list of Lambda Literary Award winners to see some of the best diverse reads from over the years.
If talk of pronouns has got you confused, join us for Why "She/He/They"? Understanding Gender Pronouns on Monday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. Presented by the Fyrefly Institute, attendees can learn and ask questions about the history and importance of pronouns in a safe, non-judgmental space.
If you’re at the library or Community Centre on June 24, stop by Volunteer Plaza at 12:00 p.m. for a flag raising put on by the altView Foundation. Pride is and has always been a community event, so come on out and show your colours!
Whether you celebrate Pride once a year or live colourfully all year round, the library welcomes you.
Widen your rainbow with one (or more!) of these diverse, dynamic reads.