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June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. These riots are considered to have marked the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement and are the reason pride celebrations usually occur during this month. In honor of that momentous event, our book selections this month include books by and about the LGBTQ community.
“LOVE AND RESISTANCE: OUT OF THE CLOSET IN THE STONEWALL ERA”
EDITED BY JASON BAUMANN
A collection of photographs that capture the activism of the fight for gay rights in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Collected from the archives of photographs housed in the New York Public Library and a companion to an exhibit currently on display at the library. Photographs featured were taken by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies known for capturing pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
“HOLD MY HAND”
BY MICHAEL BARAKIVA
Nothing has shaped Alek’s life more than being with his first-ever boyfriend, Ethan. After finding Ethan, Alek’s outlook on life completely changed – filled with confidence and in his own words: “Gay and Out and Proud.” However, when Ethan admits a potentially relationship-shattering secret, Alek must dare ask himself the question of whether or not he could ever exist in a post-Ethan world. This tender and touching novel is perfect for readers looking for a story about knowing what it means to love yourself in an often confusing and chaotic world.
“WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER”
BY HUGH RYAN
The beginning of the Gay Liberation movement is associated with the 1969 Stonewall Riots but very little has been written about the queer history that preceded. Ryan delivers a fascinating account of the queer scene in Brooklyn prior to the 1960s. His research goes back to the 1850s and tracks queer history in Brooklyn leading up to the riots.
“STONEWALL: BREAKING OUT IN THE FIGHT FOR GAY RIGHTS”
BY ANN BAUSUM
Geared for a young adult audience this is a well-researched account of the events that transpired from June 28, 1969 to July 1, 1969 inside and outside at the New York City’s Stonewall Inn. This is perfect for readers of any age looking for a fast read to learn about this monumental event in gay history.
“LIFE IS A PARTY”
BY DAVID BURTKA
For Burtka entertaining is all about connecting and making memories, the goal of any celebration. He gives tips on seating arrangements, creating the right atmosphere, and adding intimate touches to honor each guest. Also included, themes, complete menus, plan-ahead timelines, and super helpful step-by-step photos for novices and experts alike. Life is a Party, makes hosting a cinch, especially if hosting isn’t your thing.