This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. While it was not the beginning of the gay rights movement, June 28, 1969, was a tipping point that served as a catalyst for political activism in the gay community. In commemoration, one Sunday in June was dedicated as “Gay Pride Day.” However, over the years, this has become a month-long series of events designed to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are just a few recommended reads that feature stories and personal experiences of members of this community:
- He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey by Gigi Gorgeous – As a transgender activist, Gigi Gorgeous shares her world through her YouTube channel, which has almost 3 million subscribers! This book shares her personal journey. She doesn’t hold back, so prepare for an honest account with a large dose of Gigi’s witty humor.
- Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame by Vicky Beeching – Christian singer Vicky Beeching has performed in some of the largest mega churches in the country. By the time she reached her 30s, she was a household name with multiple albums and an impressive career. It wasn’t until she was 35, however, that she came out as gay. This is her story, told with raw honesty and vulnerability, about becoming true to herself.
- Naturally Tan by Tan France – The Queer Eye fashion expert megastar shares his life growing up as a closeted gay man in a traditional Muslim family. Tan covers everything from coming out to his family to being married to a cowboy. Tan sums it up best: “This book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all, understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”
- Born Both: An Intersex Life by Hida Viloria – An intersex activist, Hilda Viloria shares he/r candid memoir of gender identity, being raised as a girl while living “… in the space between genders—to be both and neither,” and embracing he/r authentic identity, while fighting for equality for intersex people.
While it’s impossible to encompass every identity in this small selection of titles, the Library’s collection of nonfiction and fiction books explores a world of different voices. Please share your favorite books with us and your fellow readers by commenting below, and explore the MCPL catalog today!
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