June is Pride Month: History of LGBTQ Activism

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Updated June 1, 2023
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Love and resistance : out of the closet into the Stonewall era
Tobin, Kay
A ragtag group of women behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, "Hi Mom, Guess What!" at an LGBT rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of...
The gay revolution : the story of the struggle
Faderman, Lillian
The fight for gay, lesbian and trans civil rights is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all...
Rainbow warrior : my life in color
Baker, Gilbert
In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker's Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco's Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation,...
Awakening : how gays and lesbians brought marriage equality to America
Frank, Nathaniel
The right of same-sex couples to marry provoked decades of intense conflict before it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Yet some of the most divisive contests shaping the quest for marriage equality occurred not on the culture-war front lines but within the ranks of LGBTQ advocates....
Art after Stonewall : 1969-1989
Weinberg, Jonathan
Winner of the 2020 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators, Art After Stonewall explores the powerful art that emerged in the wake of the Stonewall Riots and the rise of the LGBTQ liberation movement in the U.S. Art after Stonewall reveals...
Harvey Milk : his lives and death
Faderman, Lillian
From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a lively and engaging biography of the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, a man fiercely committed to protecting all minorities "This elegantly written and well-researched book...
And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality
Segal, Mark
"[A] swiftly written debut memoir...[Segal] vividly describes his firsthand experience as a teenager inside the Stonewall bar during the historic riots, his participation with the Gay Liberation Front, and amusing encounters with Elton John and Patti LaBelle....A jovial yet passionately delivered...
When we rise : my life in the movement
Jones, Cleve
This sweeping memoir tells the life story of longtime LGBTQ and AIDS activist Cleve Jones in a profoundly moving account from sexually liberated 1970s San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to his involvement with the marriage equality battle. Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was...
Smahtguy : the life and times of Barney Frank
Orner, Eric
Eric Orner, the acclaimed cartoonist of one of the country's most popular and longest-running gay comic strips, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, presents his debut graphic novel--a dazzling, irreverent biography of the iconic and iconoclastic Barney Frank, one of the...
The book of pride : LGBTQ heroes who changed the world
Funk, Mason
THE BOOK OF PRIDE captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both...

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