"When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected." — Laverne Cox
June is Pride Month, a time when we celebrate the beautiful rainbow of people that makes up our world. June was chosen because it's the month that the Stonewall Riots happened in 1969. Brenda Howard, a LGBT activist, is widely credited as starting Pride Month in remembrance of the Stonewall Riots. The well-known rainbow flag that we most associate with LGBT pride was created by Gilbert Baker, at the request of Harvey Milk, a well-known gay politician in San Francisco.
If you're looking for books to celebrate Pride Month, YCPL staff have put together a book list for you. Here are just a few of our favorites:
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Summary: Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school. After all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died. Instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College, where she plans to study medicine. But when that scholarship falls through, she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media - which she hates - and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.
- Bookish Boyfriends: Get a Clue by Tiffany Schmidt
Summary: After Ms. Gregoire assigns the works of Sherlock Holmes in English class, a mystery deepens at Reginald R. Hero High. Huck and Win - Curtis's younger brother - team up to solve the case. And while the sleuths gather clues, another swoon-worthy romance blooms in the school halls.
- The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Summary: A successful fan-fiction writer has a chance encounter with a superhero crush who challenges him to remake himself in ways that compromise his bond with a best friend, who is becoming something more.