Celebrate Pride!

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June marks the 50th Anniversary of Boston Pride and the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In honor of this month, we encourage you to explore Stonewall and its impact, and browse our Staff Picks for Pride. 

Resources

Oral Histories of Stonewall

The History Project maintains one of the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the nation, which includes more than 150 collections from organizations and individuals encompassing more than one million documents. Collections range from the records of early Gay Liberation organizations and photographs of pre-Stonewall Boston to objects such as T-shirts and buttons and materials documenting the marriage equality movement.

Videos and Documentaries

Kanopya free streaming video service offered by WFPL, includes a number of films such as:

  • Stonewall UprisingA PBS documentary of the event that marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
  • After StonewallChronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century.
  • Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer PoliticsThis film tells the story of how corporate sponsors coopted the concept of LGBTQ pride, turning it into a feel-good brand and blunting its radical political edge.
  • Coming Out: A 50 Year HistoryYoung people interview a host of LGBTQ elders who came out in different historical eras from the 1950s through today. 

Stonewall Forever is a living monument to 50 years of Pride, and includes this documentarybringing together voices from over 50 years of LGBTQ activism.

Staff Picks for Pride

In honor of this month, we asked WFPL staff about books that helped shape their views on queer politics/culture, assisted them in their process of coming out, supported them helping a friend or family member dealing with homophobia, transphobia, etc., or affected them in another way. 

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Annie on My Mind 

by Nancy Garden | "Arguably the first queer YA novel with a happy ending, this book has no doubt given many generations of young people much-needed hope and comfort." 

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla, OverDrive

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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 

by Michael Chabon | "I love this coming-of-age story: a boy spends the summer after high school falling for a girl, then falling for a boy. It gets complicated. They try to untangle the mysteries of themselves and the gritty underbelly of Pittsburgh, PA."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla, OverDrive

Fun Home

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic 

by Alison Bechdel | "This graphic novel shook me to my core. It’s an important read for folks to understand that “coming out” is not a monolith experience, and the culture and environment in which we grow up has a profound impact on our feelings of safety with coming out."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla, OverDrive

Breaking the Surface

Breaking the Surface 

by Greg Louganis | "This autobiography helped by brother in his struggle of being a gay man, during times that is was underground, not even talked about."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla

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The Stonewall Reader 

Foreword by Edmund White | "I am not educated enough about queer history…I’d like to understand the importance of the Stonewall uprising on modern day LGBTQ rights. It’s also of particular interest right now given the anti-racist protests happening across the country."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

Ramona Blue

Ramona Blue 

by Julie Murphy | "This was the book that I needed to read when I was a teenager…navigating your sexuality at any age can be a whole host of things - unexpected, fun, scary, new, confusing, but ultimately so important."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla, OverDrive

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

by Becky Albertalli | "I read this book in two days and even bought a copy to give to my parents. It’s an honest portrayal of navigating your identity, coming out, balancing friends and family and school, and finding love and your true self in the process."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla, OverDrive

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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns 

by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson | "This pocket-sized, illustrated, and fun-to-read guide is a wonderful resource for explaining they/them pronouns and the importance of not misgendering people!"

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

Im Afriad of Men

I’m Afraid of Men 

by Vivek Shraya | "In this short but mighty book, Shraya has crafted a powerful and emotional memoir illuminating how she navigates daily life as a trans woman. It’s an honest and unflinching account of gender, homophobia, misogyny, and transmisogyny."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

by Sara Farizan | "A really great discussion of family and cultural identity and what that means for her as a queer teen, but for the most part this book is just a super cute romance."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, OverDrive

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SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century 

by Ng Yi-Sheng | "Growing up queer in Singapore, finding this book in middle school was the first time I became aware that people like me existed, had survived to adulthood, and were leading normal, happy lives." (Not currently available from WFPL)

Pet

Pet 

by Akwaeke Emezi | "Emezi shows what a community that is fully supportive of and loving towards Black people, trans people, queer people, and people with disabilities could look like while also reminding us to never become complacent."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, OverDrive

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Let’s Talk About Love 

by Claire Kann | "It’s a truly phenomenal reflection of what it can feel like to be a romantically-inclined ace person in an allo society."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, OverDrive

Ash

Ash 

by Malinda Lo | "I found this book exactly when I needed it: right as I was coming out to myself, and just as I was experiencing grief for the first time. It was the perfect fit. I saw a possibility for myself that I had had to stretch to imagine in all my other favorite teen fantasy."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, OverDrive

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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding (2008 ed.)

by Sarah S. Brannen | "A patron wanted it removed from the collection because they thought it was inappropriate that the hamsters are gay. I invited him to come to request removal, and we had a discussion. In the end, he changed his mind about the request. It’s a small moment that has stayed with me."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

Jerome By Heart

Jerome By Heart 

by Thomas Scotto | "Picture books showing boys being kind and sweet to one another, let alone highlighting their love, were something I never saw as a child. The fact that they exist now, and in such high number, is truly beautiful and so inspiring."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

This Day In June

This Day in June

by Gayle E. Pitman | "I didn’t know about Pride until I was well into my teens, and I love that picture books about Pride are easily accessible for children and families now."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

Julian Is A Mermaid

Julian is a Mermaid 

by Jessica Love | "This story radiates love, acceptance, celebration, and joy - everything that I hope for for fellow LGBTQ+ friends whether with their biological or chosen families."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book

A Plan for Pops

A Plan for Pops

by Heather Smith | "This is the first one I’ve seen where the two grandpas are partners rather than in-laws! Seeing queer elders in a picture book—something I’ve never seen before—fills my heart."

Borrow it from WFPL: Book, Hoopla