June is Pride Month! Pride Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the whole LGBTQ+ community. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary and more celebrate being who they are and being proud to be themselves in a world that doesn’t always accept them. During Pride Month we see all different kinds of families and love and they all deserve to be recognized and celebrated! Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other people in the community often feel scared that family and friends won’t accept them for who they are. Some people even try to take away some of their rights! That is why it is so important for all of us to make sure everyone knows they are loved for being exactly who they are and to celebrate all the progress that has been made and remember the work we still have to do.
There are many important people and places in LGBTQ+ history. One place is the Stonewall Inn. It is a very important part of Pride Month because it was a place for people who identify as LGBTQIA+ to be themselves and feel proud of who they are.
A riot started at the Stonewall Inn during 1969 to defend the people when police stormed the Inn to arrest the owners. That caused six days of protest and violence. People refused to give up even when the police called it “disorderly” and closed them all making it illegal. People protested till it was legal to be LGBTQIA+ in the 1970s.
Being LGBTQIA+ is a part of the person, a part of identity. You shouldn’t make it illegal to be who you are, that’s unfair to everyone.
There are so many great LGBTQ+ books for all ages! Here are a few recommendations to get you started!
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
One day on the bus Julian sees three women who are dressed like mermaids! Julian is immediately inspired to become a mermaid too! Once Julian and his abuela arrive home Julian is ready to become a mermaid- but what will his abuela think? Also check out the follow up book Julian at the Wedding!
and tango makes three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Roy and Silo, 2 penguins at the zoo are a family, but they want their family to grow! This heartwarming true story of 2 male penguins becoming fathers is sure to delight.
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Heather’s favourite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same.
Middle Grade Fiction
George by Alex Gino
George is so excited about the school production of Charlotte’s Web and George really wants to play Charlotte. The problem is that everyone thinks George is a boy and Charlotte is a girl character. George knows the truth though- she is girl. Can George show the world who she really is?
Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt
This story written all in verse and featuring 2 main characters who seem to be completely opposite on the outside explores friendship, love and sexuality in middle school.
The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy
On the advice of his grandfather Rahul believes he needs to find out what he is good at to become the best at it. If he can be the best at something that surely he can conquer middle school, the bullies and his own worries about staring too long at another male classmate. Can Rahul find what he is good at, and more importantly learn to live his truth?
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