Beyond Pride Month

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So you’ve perused our Pride Month displays, pored over our booklists, explored our LGBTQIA+ Staff Picks, maybe taken part in our June Virtual Book Club with a selection by a nonbinary author. Just like any of the big monthly celebrations – Black History month, Women’s History month, etc. – Pride Month should be a starting point for exploration and interest rather than a self-contained celebration.

This list was put together to accompany a blog post highlighting some of the best LGBTQIA+ Instagram accounts to follow, a podcast to listen to, and an archive to explore. Click over to see what I’ve recommended! The materials here relate to the accounts and media highlighted in that post, and focus on LGBTQIA+ history and experience through the stories of the people in the community and the images and video captured by the community.

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Cherry Grove Stories

Cherry Grove is a community on Fire Island, where gay men could be themselves and not fear censure or arrest. The documentary features stories from the residents who lived there. 

Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community

The focus of LGBTQIA+ history is often on the movements in the large urban centers, but there were communities being formed in small cities and more rural areas across the United States. The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project’s oral histories and archives help to tell the story of the community in Central Pennsylvania. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

An in-depth visual history of the Pride movement in the United States, from World War I to the present, including profiles of leaders in the movement, excerpts from speeches made by activists and political figures, and passages of important creative works. 

The Queen

The 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant presented the world with competitive drag, and the hotly contested winner angered the legendary Crystal LaBeija so much she went on to help found the ballroom scene in New York City. 

Queer City: Gay London From the Romans to the Present Day

Viewing the history of London through the gay and lesbian residents that have always lived there, historian Peter Ackroyd is able to delineate the wider evolution that the city has seen throughout its centuries at the epicenter of culture and influence. From the pleasure houses of ancient Rome through the Gay Liberation movement, Queer City places the thrust of gay history at the center of London’s story. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on Hoopla. 

Queer Japan

Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan. 

The Stonewall Reader

A collection culled from the LGBTQ archives of the New York Public Library offers perspectives on gay life before the uprising at Stonewall, first-person narratives from the night, and articles from LGBTQ publications following the event, highlighting the role of trans and BIPOC activists in the movement.