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Jun 23

Pride Month

Posted on June 23, 2022 at 9:12 AM by Michael Lang

In June 1969, a police raid occurred at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City, that turned violent, spurring riots as the LGBTQ community demanded rights. The riots became known as the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Marches and parades were formed in the following years, spreading to be celebrated across the world. Pride Month celebrates the progress made in creating equal rights for LGBTQ people, the progress left, and helps to spread awareness and understanding. We’ve listed here a number of books in honor of Pride Month.

Fiction

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DB 107722 Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Growing up in a housing estate in Glasgow, Mungo and James should be sworn enemies--Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic. Yet against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

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DB 107006 Delilah Green doesn’t care by Ashley Herring Blake

Delilah's estranged stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding. Delilah plans to breeze in and out, but then she sees Claire, one of Astrid's stuck-up friends, and decides that maybe there's some fun (and a little retribution) to be had in Bright Falls after all. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

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DB 106391 Love & other disasters by Anita Kelly

As the first openly nonbinary competitor on America's favorite cooking competition, London Parker has enough on their mind without worrying about the klutzy competitor stationed in front of them. But Dahlia Woodson proves hard to resist. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

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DB 105930 Light from uncommon stars by Ryka Aoki

Shizuka has made a deal with the devil to deliver the souls of violin prodigies, and when she meets a talented young transgender runaway, she knows she's found her final candidate. But when Shizuka meets retired starship captain Lan Tran, her plans are soon derailed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

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DB 103312 The liar’s dictionary by Eley Williams

Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away on Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary, but boredom leads him to insert fictitious entries. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these fake words before the work is digitized. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

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DB 101806 Detransition, baby by Torrey Peters

Trans woman Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn't hate. The only thing missing was a child. But when her girlfriend, Amy, detransitions and becomes Ames, everything falls apart,Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

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DB 101143 Memorial by Bryan Washington

Japanese American chef Mike and African American daycare teacher Benson begin reevaluating their stale relationship after Mike departs for Japan to visit his dying father and Benson is suddenly stuck with Mike's mom, who becomes an unconventional roommate. Contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

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DB 98756 Girl, woman, other by Bernadine Evaristo

Twelve characters lead vastly different lives in modern Britain. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, they all intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Booker Prize. 2019.

Nonfiction

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DB 107457 Ten steps to Nanette: a memoir situation by Hannah Gadsby

Memoir of an Australian comic, best known for her Netflix comedy special, Nanette. Growing up in Tasmania, she was an outcast for both her sexuality and her autism. As she became a comic, she also began advocating for gay rights, while building a following for her self-deprecating, autobiographical humor. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

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DB 102827 Last call: a true story of love, lust, and murder in queer New York by Elon Green

Chronicle of a series of murders committed by one person in the New York City gay community at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Examines the victims and their murders, the lack of attention paid to the work of a serial killer, and impact on the community. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

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DB 99703 The deviant’s war: the homosexual vs the United States of America by Eric Cervini

An account of the subsequent court case after Frank Kameny, a federal employee, was fired in 1957 for being homosexual. The author follows Kameny's work to put together his case against the government's classification of gay men and women as "sexual perverts," drawing on firsthand accounts, FBI records, and personal documents. Contains some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

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DB 99300 Officer Clemmons: a memoir by Franc¸ois Clemmons

Memoir of an actor who appeared on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, becoming the first African American to have a recurring role on a children's television show. He shares about his early life, his sexuality, his friendship with Fred Rogers, and his career on tv and as an operatic tenor. Some strong language. 2020.

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DB 97212 They/them/their: a guide to nonbinary and genderqueer identities by Eris young

The nonbinary author discusses life outside the gender binary and how that identity can affect relationships, sense of self, use of language, and more. Examines misconceptions, definitions, information on healthcare, the history of nonbinary identities, and gender-neutral language. 2020.

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DB 95686 When Brooklyn was queer by Hugh Ryan

Explores the LGBT history of Brooklyn from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s through the early twenty-first century. Profiles individuals such as drag kings Ella Wesner and Florence Hines. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

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DB 95636 The Stonewall Reader by Edmund White

Anthology chronicling the 1960s fight for LGBTQ rights and the activists who spearheaded it. Contains firsthand accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles documenting the years leading up to and following the Stonewall uprising. Foreword by Edmund White. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

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DB 93950 Tinderbox: the untold story of the Up Stairs Lounge fire and the rise of gay liberation by Robert W. Fieseler

Chronicles the deliberately set fire that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman at a New Orleans bar in 1973. The aftermath--including families ashamed to claim loved ones and the Catholic Church refusing proper burial rights--led to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.