Image from Story Corps Celebrate with Pride podcase
Monday, June 07, 2021

In June we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. Did you know the first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, an uprising in Manhattan that proved to be a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States? 

According to the Library of Congress (LOC), "In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS."

You can celebrate these traditions by reading books from our cloudLibrary Pride shelf, or checking out the Hoopla collections of LGBTQ+ Pride comics, reads for kids and more. On Kanopy, our award-winning digital movie platform, we have a curated collection of 20 movies especially great to watch this month, and on BiblioBoard the #ReadWithPride collection features something for everyone.

Pride San Antonio, the official San Antonio Pride celebration, offers a website full of ways to celebrate and remember the LGBTQ+ community. Online, check out Stories of Pride, from Story Corps, where they are "celebrating by lifting up the stories of LGBTQ+ history-makers."


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