June is Pride Month, a time to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals have had on history. These BadgerLink resources highlight LGBTQ history, authors, and book titles to celebrate 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, found at https://britannicaeducation.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: Provide unique perspectives and context for historical coverage of LGBTQ+ stories and events using back issues of popular titles such as Ebony, TIME, People, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The Atlantic and others.
With themes such as engendering gender and all kinds of families , NoveList can help librarians find fiction that reflect the spectrum of experiences Pride Month celebrates. To learn more about NoveList's themes, check out recent NoveList training recording and info sheets on finding books that have diverse characters.
TeachingBooks and Book Connections
Explore these featured lists for titles and resources to use and share:
Book recommendations for teens for Pride Month from Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award features titles recognized by this award relating to the LGBT+ experience
Books on the Rainbow List: Top Ten LGBTQ Books for Children and Teens are recognized as quality books with significant and authentic LGBTQ content.
Trans, Nonbinary, and GNC Voices to Help you Celebrate Pride is a list for children and teens from the New York Public Library.
This Happy Pride Month list features middle grade titles, created by From the Mixed-up Files of Middle-Grade Authors
Browse these examples of specific resources you can find on TeachingBooks:
Watch this complete video reading for Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag to learn about the background of the iconic symbol and an iconic figure from history.
Listen to author Kacen Callender talk about the character Felix and backstory for the book Felix Ever After in this Meet-the-Author Recording.
Hear from author Alex Gino about the importance of Melissa’s journey as a young trans person in this Meet-the-Author Recording for Melissa.
Explore more titles and resources such as these in our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection that focuses on the histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of people who identify as LGBTQ+.