June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. This year is the 50th anniversary of #PrideMonth (first event was a march held on June 28, 1970) to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Pride Month honors the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in our local communities, nationally, and worldwide.
Typically we would have a physical display of books in the Library this month but since we are currently closed we would like to share a resource list. We connected with the co-presidents of Fairfield Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and they shared a list of books and media that their club members have compiled over time. Great idea we must say! In addition, we have added a list of links to various reading lists and organizations.
Recommendations from Fairfield Gender & Sexuality Alliance
links to the Library catalog or WorldCat to view other libraries that provide access
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- Benjamin Alire Saenz
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous- Ocean Vuong
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Zami: A New Spelling of my Name- Audre Lorde
Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Allison Bechdel (Graphic Novel)
Giovanni’s Room- James Baldwin
Memory Mambo- Achy Obejas
Call Me By Your Name- Andre Aciman
The Raven Boys- Maggie Stiefvater
If We Were Villains- ML Rio
The Song of Achilles- Madeline Miller
Autobiography of Red- Anne Carson
History Based TV/Movies:
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When We Rise (TV)
Paris is Burning (Documentary)
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Documentary)
A Secret Love (Documentary)
Other Must-See TV/Movies:
links to our Library catalog or IMBD
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Movie)
Boy Erased (Movie)
The Half of It (Movie)
Love, Simon (Movie)
Schitt’s Creek (TV)
Work In Progress (TV)
One Day at a Time (TV)
Killing Eve (TV)
Feel Good (TV)
The OA (TV)
links to Spotify
King Falls AM (Fiction Podcast)
The Bright Sessions (Fiction Podcast)
Within the Wires (Fiction Podcast)
Alice Isn’t Dead (Fiction Podcast)
The Strange Case of Starship Iris (Fiction Podcast)
Check Please! (Web Comic)
Indoor Boys (Web Series)
Campus & Library Resources
- Fairfield Gender & Sexuality Alliance "A group for LGBTQ students and allies, which exists to promote diversity and advocate for acceptance on campus."
- Counseling Resources on the University website
- Gender Inclusive Resources at Fairfield University
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Guide Find articles, background sources, and organizations.
- Pride Month Collection of streaming videos from library databases Films on Demand and Kanopy
- Books Riot's list of LGBT reading lists Book Riot is the largest independent editorial book site in North America and a champion of diverse reading.
- Book Authority's list of LGBTQ Books to Read in 2020 BookAuthority identifies and rates books "based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment."
- Social Justice Books: Teaching for a Change Project The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators.
- Beyond Coming Out: Fantastic Books with LGBT+ Characters The New York Public Library's list.
- LGBTQ Historical Fiction, 20 Years Before Stonewall Another NYPL list.
- Trans, Non-binary and Gender Non-conforming Yet another NYPL list
- Stonewall Book Awards Sponsored by the American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table. Since 1971 books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQ experience.
Terms, History, & Resources
- Glossary of Terms Helpful vocabulary from the Human Rights Campaign "to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable."
- GLBTQ: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Encyclopedia Online encyclopedia which provides good coverage of popular culture topics.
- LGBTQ+ Studies: A Resource Guide Created by the Library of Congress and serves as an introduction into their collection of LGBTQ resources.
- OutHistory.org Tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. It includes bibliographies, oral histories, documents, and timelines.
- Digital Transgender Archive Increases the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.
- People with a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History Includes hundreds of original texts, discussions, and [soon] images, and addresses LGBT history in all periods, and in all regions of the world.
- Mapping LGBT History in NYC An interactive map that aims to give context and broaden people’s knowledge of LGBT history beyond Stonewall and to place that history in a geographical context. The map features sites that are important to LGBT history as well as those that illustrate the community’s influence on America.
- Human Rights Campaign: The largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.
- GLSEN - Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
- GLAAD - Gay, Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
- Human Rights Watch LGBT Rights page of international news, reports, videos, etc.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
- The Trevor Project- National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Recently highlighted by Daniel Radcliffe in response to J.K. Rowling's comments that have hurt the transgender community and allies.
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