Celebrating Pride 2020

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)

Every year in June, we commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots with a month-long celebration called Pride. The Stonewall Riots were demonstrations protesting police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community. While often thought of as the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the Stonewall Riots were one significant moment in a revolution that had already started. A revolution that continues today.

More importantly, the LGBTQ+ rights movement would not have succeeded without the leadership of LGBTQ+ individuals of color.

This Pride Month, I want to amplify the voices of Black individuals. Thank you to Ibram X. Kendi and Ericka Hart for your work and many of these book recommendations.

Black LGBTQ+ Voices


Janet Mock is a journalist, writer, and transgender rights activist. Her ground-breaking memoir, Redefining Realness, is a coming-of-age story about her experience as a transgender woman.

Black On Both Sides by C. Reily Snorton examines the past and present of Black transgender identity. This scholarly work addresses the erasure of Black transgender lives by drawing on primary and secondary sources.



In this essential collection of speeches and essays, Audre Lorde, a civil rights activist and prominent feminist, discusses Black feminism and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

Danez Smith’s second collection of poetry, Don’t Call Us Dead, is an evocative exploration of being Black and queer in a country steeped in police brutality and systemic racism.



Bayard Rustin was a leader of the American Civil Rights movement. He was also a close advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.  Because Rustin was openly gay, he was often shunned or kept in the shadows by other civil rights leaders. Time of Two Crosses showcases the writings of an oft-forgotten Civil Rights leader.

This lyrical, haunting memoir by award-winning poet, Saeed Jones, recounts coming of age as a black, gay man in the American south.

For a complete list of these titles, click here

One of the best ways we can continue to learn to be anti-racist is by reading. One of the best ways we can continue to unlearn our biases is by reading.

So what are you reading this Pride month?

What are you learning? What are you unlearning?

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