Book Recommendations: Pride for All Ages

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By Stephanie Jarvais

Every year in the month of June, Pride Month is celebrated throughout the country. The way places and people celebrate varies, but many cities include a parade and a weekend dedicated to celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. The weekend of June 8th was Washington, D.C.’s pride celebration and the weekend of June 15th was Baltimore’s celebration.

Our local pride events kicked off on Thursday June 13th and ended Sunday, June 16th. The events included music, dancing, a high heeled race, a parade, block party, and a festival on Sunday that included wedding ceremonies officiated by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Pride Flag
Photo by Sainlee Cuebas Rodriguez

But how does the library fit into the event and Pride Month? First off, the Central Library is located near the Saturday pride events in Mount Vernon (leaving the possibility of foot traffic into the library) and there are numerous books and materials on the subject that can be located at the library. There is, and will continue to be, an LGBT community wherever you reside and visit.

So stay informed on the topic, and acceptance and tolerance will continue to grow. And if as an adult you are concerned about how to teach your children about the topic, there are multiple good children’s books that cover the topic in a subtle manner. Following are a list of books that cover the topic both fiction and nonfiction in the categories of children’s books, young adult books, and adult books.

Children’s books:

Young Adult Books:

Adult Books:

Last night I read the article, The Love That Dare Not Squack It's Name (New York Times Magazine, Jon Mooallem, Mar 31, 201). It's an interesting exploration of how we anthropomorphize homosexual behavior in animals and politicize scientific research that studies it. There is one comment particularly relevant to this post though: "Another male-male penguin couple who fostered a chick at the Central Park Zoo was subsequently immortalized in 2005 in the illustrated children___s book 'And Tango Makes Three.' According to the American Library Association, there have been more requests for libraries to ban 'And Tango Makes Three' every year than any other book in the country, three years running."
Posted by: Jessica Keyes( Visit ) at 6/19/2013 10:32 a.m.

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