by Guest Blogger: Danielle Trierweiler
June commemorates LGBT Month (also known as LGBTQ or simply “Pride” or “Gay Pride” month), honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and, depending on the individual or organization, queer communities of the United States and Internationally. For the purpose of inclusivity, I am including the “Q” in writing this blog entry just know that the meaning behind the acronyms is often a work-in-progress.
Celebrated since 1994, when a high school teacher coordinated the event in October to converge with National Coming Out day, (October 11th) but is now celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan New York, associated with the “beginning” of the LGBTQ movement and socio-political watershed moment for the community.
LGBTQ month has gained prominence in both the individual and national consciousness through a combination of court cases, activism, art and filmmaking, popular culture, professional career role models and mentorship, education, and private conversations to name just a few. Dialogues on what it means to be a community member, advocate, or ally are constantly shaping daily realities and the future of the movement.
Festivities include parades, public concerts, barbeques, poetry readings, pool parties, and other often public activities. Many US Cities hold major a city-wide event. Pride Seattle for example, is a big deal!
Illinois College is home to its own student LGBT advocacy group SAGE (Straight and Gays for Equality) if you are interested in becoming involved on campus.
Reads: The American Library Association (affectionately known as ALA to those of us in the library) supports a GLBT Roundtable appointed to present the 2015 Stonewall Book Awards List
Lambda Literary.org, also presents a literary award organization for excellence in LQBTQ literature. Of course, Schewe’s display case offers some excellent titles at IC but if you are reading this from a distant land or simply not here in the library, Schewe Librarians (me!) are happy to connect you to our display reading list.
On May 29th 2015, President Obama issued his most recent Whitehouse proclamation acknowledging the month.
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