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The 5 Best Nonfiction Books To Read During Pride Month
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The Stonewall Reader
"The Stonewall Reader'' examines the 1969 Stonewall riots through a contemporary lens, and its June 28th release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the historic night. Testimonies from the night of the iconic raid and conflict between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community present at the Stonewall Inn are included.
Gender Queer: A Memoir
"Gender Queer: A Memoir" is a graphic novel that follows author Maia Kobabe's gender journey from childhood to adulthood. As a part of the LGBT community, specifically as a person who identifies as nonbinary and asexual, the narrator experiences the ups and downs of coming into adulthood as a member of the queer community.
When Brooklyn Was Queer
Hugh Ryan's book "When Brooklyn Was Queer" documents the stories of LGBTQ+ communities in Brooklyn from the 1850s to the present. The book tackles a massively underwritten portion of our collective LGBTQ+ knowledge base, and The Guardian dubbed it, "A funny, tender and disturbing history of LGBTQ life."
We Are Everywhere
"We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation," by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, is a book that uses photographs to document key moments in the movement. It shows activists' involvement and connects evidence of the LGBTQ+ cause back to the late 1800s.
The Queer Bible: Essays
"The Queer Bible: Essays," edited by GQ contributing editor Jack Guinness, is a 2021 essay anthology that includes Elton John, "Queer Eye" star Tan France, and comedian Mae Martin. The essays create a mosaic of both contemporary and historic queer experiences, featuring the community members who inspired their journey concerning gender and sexuality.