June is Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month is a nationally sanctioned month for honoring and celebrating what it means to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. According to the Library of Congress June has been declared Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, widely considered a tipping point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the states. June has also been declared GLBT Book Month by the American Library Association. GLBT Book Month is a nationwide celebration of the authors and stories that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBT community. Here at APL we are proud to #readproud. We understand how important it is for readers to see their experiences reflected in literature. We know that sometimes it can be hard to understand someone whose life experiences are different than yours, but we also know that one of the best ways to begin to understand is through literature. If you would like to explore LGBT literature but aren’t really sure where to start the American Library Association has some great lists. The Over the Rainbow Booklist is a great list of LGBT books for adult readers that has been compiled by a panel of librarians. The similarly titled Rainbow Booklist is also compiled by a panel of librarians, but is a booklist more suited for middle-grade and high school readers.
For more information on #readproud literature, visit the Attleboro Public Library’s Pinterest board.