LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated yearly in June, in remembrance of the Stonewall Riots that occurred in June of 1969 in a New York City gay bar. While the riots were certainly not the first demonstration by LGBTQ+ people fighting against discrimination, it is often heralded as the beginning of the gay liberation movement.
Pride month is about remembering those individuals lost in the fight for liberation, celebrating the steps they took, and those who continue to take steps towards equality for all people. This Pride month, let’s spend some time with LGBTQ+ writers not just from our modern age, but appreciate those that came before us. In 2022 we are living in a time of unprecedented production and distribution of LGBTQ+ books, graphic novels, and media. The problem has shifted from too few choices to too many choices! Salina Public Library has plenty of books to keep you busy this Pride, from fiction to YA selections, and even non-fiction resources, here are some recommendations to fill you with Pride!
If you’re looking to find friends, a community of LGBTQ+ readers, or simply don’t know where to start with LGBTQ+ books, make sure to check out the Library’s monthly LGBTQ+ Book Group! We read and discuss books with LGBTQ+ themes and serve as a safe space for people to talk about them – no matter who you are! Our book for June is “A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir” by Edie Windsor. Copies of the book are available in the Book Discussion section of the Library. Register here for our next meeting on June 9!