In June 1969, the Stonewall riots in New York City marked the unofficial beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. Since then, the month of June has been designated Gay Pride Month, complete with rallies, parades, public lectures, and other events highlighting the LGBTQ community’s cultural impact at a local, national, and international level.
Pride Month is a time for celebration, reflection, conversation, and education, and in this spirit, we at Brain Hive wanted to do our part in celebrating Pride Month by using the month of June to highlight some of our YA titles that deal with themes relating to the LGBTQ experience. If you logged into your administrator account this morning, you may have seen the new “YA Books With LGBTQ Themes” available on your home page. If you didn’t, and you need a refresher on how to find this theme set, have no fear! You can find instructions here. Take some time to peruse the fantastic titles we’ve gathered together for this theme set, and though you may have said goodbye to your students for the summer, consider how you may use some of these titles in your classroom or library in the upcoming year.
Here’s a small selection of some of the titles you will find in the LGBTQ theme set:
- The Fight, by Elizabeth Karre (Darby Creek) – The story of the how one school is affected after the death of one of its students – a gay young man who was bullied.
- Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Twenty-First Century Books) – A non-fiction text providing accessible, straightforward collection of stories told by transgender individuals about their lives, their perspectives, and their personal searches for identity and acceptance.
- If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan (Algonquin) – A quietly emotional portrait of Sahar, a young Iranian woman struggling to express her love for her best friend while within the confines of a society that outlaws homosexuality.
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