Monday, June 11, 2007
On June 2, 2000 President William J. Clinton proclaimed June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in the United States. In the President’s words: “This June, recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians. I hope that in this new millennium we will continue to break down the walls of fear and prejudice and work to build a bridge to understanding and tolerance, until gays and lesbians are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as all Americans.” June was designated Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in commemoration of the historic Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969.
The Armacost Library has some great fiction and nonfiction titles for commemorating LGBT history, contributions, politics, etc.
Allsison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina. New York: Dutton, 1992.
Bechdel, Allison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1987.
Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle. Plainfield, VT: Daughters, Inc., 1973
Burroughs, Augusten. Running With Scissors: A Memoir. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002.
Negrón-Muntaner, Frances. Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture. New York: New York University Press, 2004.
Miceli, Melinda. Standing Out, Standing Together: The Social and Political Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances. New York: Routledge, 2005.
Faderman, Lillian. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
Hull, Kathleen. Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Politics of Love and Law. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Freccero, Carla. Queer/Early/Modern. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
Butler, Judith P. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex.” New York: Routledge, 1993.
DVD and Video
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Fresa y Chocolate (1994)
Paris is Burning (1990)
Watermelon Woman (1997)
The Wedding Banquet (1994)
Take a look in the Armacost Library catalog for these titles and many more.
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