Underated YA Books to Read This Pride Month


Friday, June 12th, 2020

Recommending books to teenagers during Pride month is always my favorite. As someone who reads and loves queer literature year-round, I love that there's an entire month every year where people are extra excited to get their hands on books about the LGBTQ+ community. We've all heard of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and while these are great books to start with, this year I wanted to share some of my favorite lesser known books to read this June.

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It's Pride Month

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As many of you likely already know, June is Pride Month. What you might not know, though, is that the very first "pride" was actually a riot to protest police violence against the gay community. A black trans woman threw a brick and history was made. A lot has changed since then. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was instituted and repealed. AIDS, a disease that ravaged the gay community and nearly wiped out an entire generation is now a manageable condition.

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2020 Lambda Literary Awards

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Lambda Literary Awards celebrates works that explore LGBT themes. Categories include Humor, Romance and Biography. The Lambda Literary Foundation astates that its mission is "to celebrate LGBT literature and provide resources for writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, and librarians—the whole literary community." The awards were instituted in 1988.

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2020 Stonewall Book Awards

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Stonewall Book award: A silver circle with an inverted black triangle, a pink triangle, and an open book, with the text "Stonewall Book Award" and smaller text reading "American Library Association"


Three Stonewall Book Awards are given each year, to recognize the best of LGBT+ literature, nonfiction, and YA/Children's literature.  The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

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Celebrating Pride

Thursday, June 6, 2019

My Twitter feed was all a-buzz with an image of a young man on the subway removing his pride stickers and hiding his rainbow flag as he went home from a Pride Rally.  As he got closer to his suburban home and further from the safety of the city, he knew that what he wore proudly a few hours ago could get him harassed, or worse, back home.

I tweeted that if we all wore pride buttons and stickers the harassers couldn’t attack every one of us.  So that’s what we have done.

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