June is Pride Month in the United States, a time to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals have had on history. Check out these BadgerLink resources to learn more about that history and share with your library users and students this month and all year long.
The gay rights movement is a civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. (The initials are also often rendered as LGBTQ, with the “Q” standing for “queer” or “questioning.”) The movement calls for an end to discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life.
To help teach students about Pride Month and the gay rights movement, Britannica’s Curriculum Expert Team has put together a few activities and resources at https://britannicalearn.com/pride-month/
Literary Reference Center Plus: This full-text literary database provides a complete collection of reference works across all genres and time periods. It includes biographies, plot summaries and literary criticism for the works of several LGBTQ+ writers, including W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes and Tennessee Williams.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center: This rich full-text database contains thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides as well as high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets. Enhance classroom instruction during Pride Month using Poetry Showcases by The Paris Review for Anaïs Duplan, Raquel Salas Rivera, Danez Smith, CAConrad and Ocean Vuong. Each showcase includes a biography, three poems for discussion, and an interview with the poet.
- MasterFILE Complete Publications
- Advocate Articles, commentary, personality profiles, reviews and book reviews representing a wide variety of gay and lesbian ideas and perspectives. Full text available from 09/17/1996 to present.
- Lambda Book Report Articles, commentary, reviews and book reviews representing a wide variety of gay and lesbian ideas and perspectives. Full text available from 01/01/1995 to 04/01/2009.
- Check out TeachingBooks’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection for author inteviews, book readings, guides, activities, and lessons on books written by LGBTQ+ authors and with LGBTQ+ characters, any time of the year.
- Behind the Books: "Why LGBTQ History Matters (To Queer People and Everyone Else)" Lee Wind makes the case that learning about LGBTQ+ historical figures helps everyone move toward a more inclusive understanding of history.
- Meet-the-Author Recording: Pride by Robin Stevenson In this recording, author Robin Stevenson shares why she wrote Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (Orca, 2016) for both gay and straight kids and their communities. Learn more about why the book was so rewarding to write and listen to an excerpt from the first chapter.