Movies – June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and to celebrate, here are some excellent documentaries you can watch to learn a little more about the community.
We Were Here – The AIDS crisis was the last great pandemic in the US, before the current crisis, but the stigma and prejudice associated with HIV left the full impact invisible to many people. This award-winning documentary interviews five individuals who played meaningful roles during the epidemic in San Francisco, including a political activist, a nurse, and a flower seller who supplied flowers to the overwhelming number of funerals.
(A)sexual – This documentary offers a personal look at asexuality, one of the lesser-known and most misunderstood orientations. What’s it like to be attracted to no one at all, when so much of society revolves around who you’re attracted to? What does sexual orientation really entail, anyway? If you’ve never encountered asexuality before, this can be an enlightening look at a concept you thought you already understood.
Before Stonewall/After Stonewall – These documentaries chronicle the history of the gay rights movement both before and after the seminal turning point, the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969. Made in 1984 and 1999 respectively, they’re now also historical documents in their own right, shedding light on just how far we’ve come in the last half a century.
All of these films can be streamed from Hoopla.
eBooks and eAudiobooks–June is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. We have a diverse array of titles from these authors to choose from!
Released earlier this March, The Amber Garden is the last installment in the The Alchemist’s Council trilogy. Adults, now is a great time to lose yourself in these books featuring an ancient manuscript, bees, secrets, a Rebel Branch and the anti-heroine, Jaden navigating the complex world of otherworldly dimensions and of course, fighting evil.
Young adults will be swept in Abdi Nazemian’s Like A Love Story. It’s 1989 and Reza is living in the queer community of NYC. The story of his friendships leaves us feeling hopeful, amid the hate and discrimination of the times.
The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy features 12-year-old Rahul trying to fit in and doing so takes courage. This eAudiobook will touch, and inspire, you; make you laugh and have you rooting for Rahul all the way!
Check out these titles and much more with your Warrenville Public Library Card, available on Hoopla and Overdrive!
Books – Twelve authors. Twelve diverse stories. As editor Lamar Giles, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books wrote, “In these pages are all sorts of heroes.” From a one-act play about gun violence by Walter Dean Myers, a first-love story by Newbery Medal winner Jason Reynolds, a graphic story by cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, to a superhero story by Nicola Yoon, there is something for everyone here.
This book is part of We Need Diverse Books’ mission to ensure that young people find authentic stories that resonate with their lives and experiences. This book is for people who identify as minority–whether in race or sexual identity or popularity–to find positive representations of themselves. It is also a book for readers who want to try to gain a better understanding of the perspectives and experiences of others.
There are love stories. Some of the stories offer social commentary. Some may hold your attention; others may not. I found the collection very readable, but if I’m being honest, I did skip one story because the genre didn’t interest me. Months later, several of the characters stick with me. I highly recommend young adults and adults check out this collection.