June is Pride month. This month celebrates the amazing contributions of the LGBTQI+ community, while also acknowledging the struggles, discrimination and violence they have faced in the fight for equality.
On their website, GLADD shares that “The majority of Pride events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT movement. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons were common, but that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. While historical accounts of the night vary, the violent response ignited a national firestorm of activism that brought new visibility to the struggle for LGBT equality.”
The events at Stonewall were a critical turning point for the LGBTQI+ community and there is a great deal to learn about the activism, cultural contributions and individual expressions of LGBTQI+ people. Children and families can celebrate pride month together, and learn more about these movements through books and other media. To kickoff pride month, below are 10 titles to to share with the children in your lives.
The books below are not a complete reading list, and taking time to learn about the LGBTQI+ community should never be limited to a single month.
Use the titles below as a springboard to having conversations with your child about what it looks like be an ally, elevate the voices of others and advocate for justice.