LGBTQ+ History Month

Friday, October 7th – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services

What is LGBTQ+ History Month, and how is it different from Pride Month (celebrated in June)? LGBTQ+ History Month was started in 1994 by a high school history teacher named Rodney Wilson, right here in good old Missouri. They picked the month of October (my favorite month) to coincide with the first march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights in 1979 (October 14th) and National Coming Out Day (October 11th).

Pride Month, on the other hand, commemorates the Stonewall Uprising which occurred on June 28th, 1969. On this day, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a known safe space and club for people in the LGBTQ+ community, and caused six days of protests and confrontations with law enforcement. A year later saw thousands of individuals marching from the inn to Central Park. This has since been considered the first-ever gay pride parade and years later, people still commemorate the occasion with their own parades during the month of June. 

How should we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month? I always recommend learning more. And what better way to learn more than by stopping by the library and grabbing a book? 

Some places try to recognize one important LGBTQ+ icon for every day of the month. I don’t have the time or space to do that here on our blog (though I would love to!), so here are some books about different people and events in LGBTQ+ history:

*Real Queer America by Samantha Allen
*The Stonewall Generation by Jane Fleishman
*Gay & Lesbian History for Kids by Jerome Pohlen
*Transgender History by Susan Stryker
*Black on Both Sides by C. Reily Snorton
*The Gay Revolution by Lillian Fadderman
*When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
*The Stonewall Reader by Jason Bauman
*Be Gay, Do Comics! by Matt Bors
*Don’t Tell Me to Wait by Kerry Eleveld
*The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Barry Adam
*The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser
*The Queen’s English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases by Chloe Davis
*We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Reimer
*A Queer History of the United States for Young People by Michael Bronski
*Love Wins by Debbie Cenziper
*The Right Side of History by Adrian Brooks
*Love and Resistance by Kay Tobin
*Then Comes Marriage by Roberta Kaplan
by Robert Fieseler
*Yes, You Are Trans Enough by Mia Violeta



*Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark
*Binge by Tyler Oakley
*The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
by Julie Decker
*The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
*Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Dale
*Naturally Tan by Tan France
*In The Shadow of the Bridge by Joseph Caldwell
*Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen
*The Natural Mother of a Child by Krys Malcolm Belc
*Ace by Angela Chen
*Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager
*No Way, They Were Gay? by Lee Wind
*Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi
*Deaf Utopia by Nyle DiMarco
*Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
by Emily Bingham 




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