June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ) is celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City. This event marks the beginning of the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. Pride Month is also a way to acknowledge the influence and importance of LGBTQ+ individuals, foster a spirit of community among members and allies, and call attention to the continued need for equal rights and visibility. Learn more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month from the Library of Congress.

To help, here are some ways to celebrate, along with a little history,
resources both online and in-person, some books to read
and movies to watch.

 

CELEBRATE!

24 Ways to Celebrate Pride and LGTBQ Rights with the whole family

Local:

STRATFORD LIBRARY PRIDE MONTH 2022 – Join us at the library for a series of online programs and in-person events that will celebrate the history and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community.

LOVE IS LOVE: AN EVENING OF PRIDE (June 21) – A night of cabaret at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport, sponsored by The Sterling House Community Center.

PRIDE IN THE PARK – Weekly events through June presented by the Triangle Community Center, Norwalk, CT.

CT VISIT – Check-out the many Pride Month Celebrations throughout Connecticut.

U.S. & Around the World:

Gay Pride Calendar – From IGLTA, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

 

HISTORY

1969: The Stonewall Uprising

LGTB Rights Milestones Fast Facts

 

ONLINE RESOURSES

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – Works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth (The Trevor Project)

It Gets Better Project – A nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.

LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide (Drugwatch)

Trans Student Equality Resource (TSER) – A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

LOCAL RESOURCES

New Haven Pride Center – Provides educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members.

PFLAQ Norwalk – Triangle Community Center – PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

BOOK LISTS & MEDIA

Here at the Stratford Library we celebrate and support the diversity of our community. Explore the culture, heritage, contributions and achievements of folks in the LGBTQ+ community with our reading and watching recommendations:

LGBTQ Pride Books Fiction

LGBTQ Pride Books
For Teens

Rainbow Pride Books
for Kids

LGBTQ Pride Books
History & Resources

LGBTQ E-books,
audiobooks & video

LGBTQ Films

Lambda Literary YA Book Reviews – For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has dedicated itself to championing LGBTQ literature and supporting LGBTQ writers at all stages of life.

Rainbow Library – LGBTQ+ Affirming K-12 E-Books for Your Computer, Phone, Tablet, or
E-Reader.

Stonewall Wall Book Awards – The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table.

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