June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month throughout the United States to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, often cited as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. Teens can show their pride, too!
This year’s Denver Pride celebration will be held on June 16-17, and is sponsored by the The Center, the GLBT community center of Colorado. The weekend of events includes a Family Field Day and a parade. While you plan on celebrating your pride at the festivities later this month, check out some of these books, both fiction and nonfiction, especially geared towards glbt teens:
The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Letters to Their Younger Selves, Sarah Moon, editor
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily Danforth
The Difference Between You and Me, Madeleine George
Huntress, Malinda Lo
Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Alex Sanchez
Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up, Steve Berman, editor
Swimming to Chicago, David-Matthew Barnes
With or Without You, Brian Farrey
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan
Sleeping Angel, Greg Herren
Gemini Bites, Patrick Ryan
Stick, Andrew Smith
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, Kathy Belge
I Am J, Cris Beam
Mystery of the Tempest, Sam Cameron
Pink, Lili Wilkinson
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, Bil Wright
If you’re interested in learning more about GLBT history, check out The Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America through DPL’s Gale Virtual Reference Library, or search Stonewall Riots or Gay Rights Movement in the MAS Ultra for High School Research database (both available through denverlibrary.org with a DPL library card).
If you want to check out local resources and other places you can go with questions, take a look at the list of GLBT resources on DPL’s Teen Web Site. It includes The Center’s Rainbow Alley, with programs and services just for GLBT youth and their allies aged 12-21, hotlines, and other organizations that are there to support you with good information!
Happy Pride Month!