Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh annually celebrates Pride Month in June with displays, community events, and Read Proud booklists for adults, teens, and children. The Stonewall Uprising in 1969 in Manhattan, New York City was famously led by activist Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman. If you are interested in researching more about Stonewall Inn Riots and LGBQTIA+ history, ask a librarian how to utilize our various online reference databases. While selecting LGBTQIA+ titles to celebrate Pride Month, definitely add these great authors and writers to your reading list.
These books are always available on Hoopla and free to check out with your library card. Don’t have a library card? All Allegheny County residents can sign up for one for free online. You can access Overdrive and Hoopla through our eResources page or by downloading the Libby or Hoopla app to your device. You can view tutorial videos here for more information. Are you interested in more book recommendations? Fill out our Book Recommendation form and a librarian will curate a list of suggestions for you! Contact Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on any of our social media platforms or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The following titles are exclusive to Hoopla:
Death’s Echoes by Penny Mickelbury
Police Lieutenant Gianna Maglione heads up the DC Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit. She investigates those who espouse and perpetrate acts of hatred. Mimi Patterson is the lead investigative reporter for Washington DC’s top newspaper. The evils of racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, and religious intolerance pervade every aspect of our modern society. After so many years and so much hatred, Mimi and Gianna must finally come to terms with the price paid for their personal commitments to their jobs and to each other. And this time, the violence hits close to home, and the voices of its victims live on in the minds and consciences of Mimi and Gianna.
SBF Seeking… by La Toya Hankins
Four months before her wedding, Yvette Thurman realizes this might be her last chance to have a sexual fling with a white man. But she never thought placing a personal ad would lead her to discover she was a lesbian. Yvette’s small town life in eastern North Carolina never prepared her for the personal journey she undertakes as she struggles to find her heart’s path. Through personal ads and late night visits to an adult bookstore, Yvette learns more about her own personal desires than she ever did when she was engaged to be married. If she embraces her true self, can she find acceptance and love from her family and friends?
Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimké
Rachel is a young, educated, middle-class woman. But she is born into an African-American family in the early 20th century – a world in which ignorance and violence prevail. While her family and neighbors find different ways to survive, Rachel’s dreams of getting married and becoming a mother collide with the tragic events of her family’s past as she confronts the harsh reality of a racist world. Written exactly midway between the American Civil War and the end of slavery, and the explosion of Civil Rights in the 1960’s, this hauntingly beautiful and profoundly shocking play still asks urgent questions for today.