Celebrating Pride at Your Library
There are many ways to celebrate Pride - the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising  - and while this June marks the 50th anniversary of the of annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions (the first Pride march was held in NYC on June 28, 1970), festivities may look different than years past.  Fortunately, we can still recognize and celebrate the impact and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals with  entertaining, inspiring, and informative books, videos, and more for free with your  library card  though our  eLibrary
 
We had a great time selecting stellar titles from our  eLibrary to share with our community, but as many as we've included, there is still much more to explore . Have fun exercising your library card and however you observe Pride this year, we hope you feel safe, supported, loved, and proud! 
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Just for Kids
Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson
Through gentle rhymes and colorful photographs of adorable children, Pride Colors is a celebration of the deep unconditional love of a parent or caregiver for a young child.

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

This illustrated children's book for ages 7-11 makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children. It covers gender, romantic orientation, discrimination, intersectionality, privilege, and how to stand up for what's right. With charming illustrations, clear explanations, and short sections that can be dipped in and out of, this book helps children think about how to create a kinder, more tolerant world.

Who was Harvey Milk? by Corinne A. Grinapol
Although he started out as a teacher, Harvey Milk found himself captivated by the history-making movements of the 1960s. As the first openly gay elected politician in California, Harvey Milk advocated for equal rights for the gay community. Even though his life and career were cut short, his life and legacy continue to inspire and unite the community.

Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
When someone anonymously posts hateful memes on her school's website, Zenobia knows she's the one with the abilities to solve the mystery, all while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
Audiobook
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.

Gracefully Grayson by Amy Polonsky
Audiobook
What if who you are on the outside doesn't match who you are on the inside? Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?
Tweens and Teens
A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

Learn about the key people and events that have paved the way for the modern gay rights movement and how members from the LGBTQ+ community have joined the cause to advocate for equal rights.

The experience of publicly identifying oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) is deeply personal for each individual. But while the particulars vary, there are issues and questions shared by all. The most important thing to know is that you're not alone.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question—How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They've shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed. So they carry on in secret until Nasrin's parents suddenly announce that they've arranged for her marriage. Sahar will never be able to love Nasrin in the body she wants to be loved in without risking their lives, but is saving their love worth sacrificing her true self?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Audiobook
For Rahul Kapoor, the start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you're really good at and become the BEST at it. Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul's brain. While he's not quite sure what that special thing is, he is convinced that once he finds it, bullies will stop torturing him and he won't worry about staring too long at his classmate, Justin Emery. Rahul is ready to crush this challenge. . . But what if he discovers he isn't the best at anything?

Rick by Alex Gino
Audiobook
Rick's never questioned much and he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out. But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school's Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that . . . understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

Audiobook
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship-the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Audiobook
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. Jo reluctantly agrees before meeting the perfect girl. Now she must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Audiobook
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Audiobook
Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy's body. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on her very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community.

Adult Fiction
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson & John Sackville
Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead ... but waiting to return to life.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends—some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But over the course of a late-summer weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with an ostensibly straight, white classmate, conspire to fracture his defenses while exposing long-hidden currents of hostility and desire within their community.
Rainbow Dreams by Fabiola Joseph
Audiobook
Do you know who you are? Are you comfortable in your skin? Outed by her best friend in front of the whole neighborhood, Niya is trying to come to terms with being a lesbian. When she falls for her straight neighbor, Jamilla, there is no more denying who she really is. Niya will do whatever it takes to prove her love, even if it means taking a life. What will happen when family issues, fame, the struggle for love, and reality set in?

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman & Armie Hammer
Audiobook
A sudden and powerful romance blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Audiobook
Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes—it would be too awkward—and you can't say no—it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong?
Adult Non-Fiction
The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman
A series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City sparked the LGBTQ+ movement.

Rainbow Relatives by Sudi (Rick) Karatas
With an entertaining and educational approach to educating yourself and your peers about the issues and topics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, Rainbow Relatives will provide answers to your kids' questions and help you raise them to be open-minded and accepting adults.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Graphic Novel
In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.
by Mason Funk
Audiobook
The true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, captured through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen .

Audiobook
StoryCorps OutLoud sets out across the country to record and preserve the stories of LGBT individuals, along with their families and friends. OutLoud is a project undertaken in the memory of Isay's father, psychiatrist Dr. Richard Isay, credited for helping to persuade the mental health community that homosexuality is not a mental disorder.
Movie
Four preteen drag queens come together for the biggest performance of their young lives. As they prepare for the big show, they struggle to claim a place of their own on the fringes of a fringe culture.

Emily, a plucky pre-teen (and violin virtuoso) is entrusted with her young neighbors' most private and cherished secrets. Every Wednesday, Emily sets up a booth in her backyard, which regularly attracts the guilty young souls of the neighborhood. But comedic complications ensue when the Secret Keeper -normally so trustworthy - suddenly finds it difficult to keep all of her neighbors' secrets to herself.

GBF
A story of two best friends, Tanner and Brent. One longs for the spotlight, convinced coming out will make him instantly popular. All seems to go according to plan as the girls in school battle for their newest must-have Gay Best Friend! Little Secrets
Emily, a plucky pre-teen (and violin virtuoso) is entrusted with her young neighbors' most private and cherished secrets. Every Wednesday, Emily sets up a booth in her backyard, which regularly attracts the guilty young souls of the neighborhood. But comedic complications ensue when the Secret Keeper -normally so trustworthy - suddenly finds it difficult to keep all of her neighbors' secrets to herself.
For generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a sassy cross-dressing cabaret singer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory!

Based on Puccini's classic opera La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York's East Village.
MISFITS is a coming of age-doc about three teenagers from conservative Tulsa struggling with isolation and instability in a heartfelt story that portrays family bond, poverty, survival, love and the consequences of coming out as a young LGBT in the Bible Belt.

As the grandiose issues of the LGBTQ movement become part of the political theatrics and under debate in the highest courts in the land, it is the stories of those most directly impacted that can be the most moving. Hear the views of young people who are children of LGBTQ parents on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family.

For gay and lesbian teens, coming out can be a complicated and difficult process. They may be isolated, alienated from their family and peers, and feel the dangerous threat of homophobia in their community. Watch real interviews with gay and lesbian teenagers and their parents as they share their experiences of coming out. And hear expert commentary on the special issues these teenagers face at home and at school, as well as the different stages and processes they and their families go through in order to fully embrace their sexuality.
A struggling New York City comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he's doing okay.

Set in the 1950s, this addictive drama series tackles issues of social class and sexuality with insight and intrigue, as it follows a wealthy family with many secrets. Handsome and extremely charming actor David Berry plays James Bligh, who is faced with the extreme difficulties of coming out in the 1950s with a homophobic family.
Music
100 Gay Anthems, Backing Track Collection

(Circuit, Deep & Big Room Anthems)

A Compilation of LGBTQ Artists for GLSEN

Todrick Hall
Activities
More Online
Sustenance for Lesbian Moms and home to some great educational videos for Younger Kids that explain LGBTQ-related topics such as family structure, gender, and more.

Championing LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. GLSEN's mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

LGBT Community Services Center in Westchester County
 
Resources for Families of LGBTQ Youth intended to help families support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth; understand what to expect; and learn how to talk about a number of issues that may be impacting their youth.

The concept of radical copyediting is based on the fact that language is not neutral. Through language we communicate values, norms, and ideals. Words matter: they can be used to harm or to heal; to perpetuate prejudice or imagine a different world; to oppress or to liberate.
 
The United States' first and largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.