Celebrate LGBT Month with us!

Mt. Pleasant Library

Celebrate LGBT Month with us!

June is LGBT Month, stop in and check out some of our suggested reading!

Did you know that LGBT Month was formerly known as Gay Pride month?  A proclamation by President Obama changed the name of the month to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) Month in June of 2012.  This month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a catalyst for the Gay Pride Movement.  Additionally, the purpose of this commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

The gay pride flag was designed by Gilbert Baker who is said to have taken his inspiration from the black civil rights and hippie movements. It was debuted in 1978 at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Its colors, always shown in the following order, symbolize:

gay pride flag
RED = Life
ORANGE = Healing
YELLOW = Sun
GREEN = Nature
ROYAL BLUE = Harmony
VIOLET = Spirit
(information taken from http://www.common-grnd.com/pride-month.htm)

Please join us in celebrating by looking for us at the Capital Pride Parade and the festival. You can sign up for a library card, talk to us about the library and win free prizes and help us judge our decorated book carts that were done by our teens.

Check out some of our books on display:

Fiction
aristotleAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

i came out for thisI Came Out for This? by Lisa Gitlin
There’s only one place Joanna Kane can tell it like it is. Her journal:
I hate Terri Rubin, the woman I’m in love with. She called and told me she’s dating a woman named Sonya. I hate this Sonya and I hate Terri and I hate myself because I was never like this in my life. Do you know what it’s like to come out when you’re in your forties, having menopausal symptoms, for God’s sake, and then fall madly in love with someone? All of a sudden you’re in adolescence for the first time. You don’t even recognize yourself. My whole adult life I was this cool, collected writer, strutting around in jeans and leather jacket, advising friends and siblings about their relationships, being a devoted daughter and a responsible professional person and a good citizen, and then one day I woke up and realized I was gay, and then this sassy woman walked into my life and I fell in love at first sight, after spending my life thinking that never really happened and only watching West Side Story because of the gangs. And now I’ve become the kind of person I used to make fun of, who becomes hysterical because her beloved tells her she’s dating some woman named Sonya who has an apothecary store in Bethesda, Maryland.
I’m sick of being in this endless rut, I’m sick of Cleveland, and I’m thinking of moving to Washington, DC to be with Terri Rubin who I hate.

Non-Fiction
my two moms My Two Moms by Zach Wahls
In My Two Moms, Zach offers a stirring and brave defense of his family. Raised by two moms in a conservative Midwestern town, Zach’s parents instilled in him values that families everywhere can embrace—values driven home by his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Zach’s upbringing couldn’t have been more mainstream—he played sports, was active in Boy Scouts, and led his high school speech and debate team—yet, growing up with two moms, he knows that it’s like to feel different and fear being bullied, or worse. 

travels in a gay nationTravels in a Gay Nation by Philip Gambone
For two years, Philip Gambone traveled the length and breadth of the United States, talking candidly with LGBTQ people about their lives. In addition to interviews from David Sedaris, George Takei, Barney Frank, and Tammy Baldwin, Travels in a Gay Nation brings us lesser-known voices—a retired Naval officer, a transgender scholar and “drag king,” a Princeton philosopher, two opera sopranos who happen to be lovers, an indie rock musician, the founder of a gay frat house, and a pair of Vermont garden designers.

In this age when contemporary gay America is still coming under attack, Gambone captures the humanity of each individual. For some, their identity as a sexual minority is crucial to their life’s work; for others, it has been less so, perhaps even irrelevant. But, whether splashy or quiet, center-stage or behind the scenes, Gambone’s subjects have managed—despite facing ignorance, fear, hatred, intolerance, injustice, violence, ridicule, or just plain indifference—to construct passionate, inspiring lives.

Spanish/Español
Caparazones by Yolanda Arroyo Pizatto
Nessa acaba de dar a luz y el evento dispara en su psiquis una serie de cavilaciones que le hacen cuestionar todas sus decisiones. Es una reportera de nacionalidad puertorriqueña que realiza trabajos freelance para varios medios de prensa escrita. Se dedica a cubrir asignaciones de terrorismo ecológico en varios lugares del mundo: Australia, Canadá y Costa Rica. La naturaleza de sus investigaciones la llevan, en ocasiones, a estar en peligro dada la complejidad de las manifestaciones en contra del cambio climático, las protestas por el mal manejo de los animales en experimentaciones, el peligro de extinción de ciertas especies de tortugas en El Caribe. Nessa se ha enamorado de una fotógrafa, Alexia, que es adicta al feng-shui y que posee dotes de percepción extrasensorial. Ambas deciden compartir una relación adúltera que las colocará en el vértice de una marejada de situaciones extremas.

Los Amigos Que PerdiLos Amigos Que Perdi by Jaime Bayly
Cuando no merecemos la oportunidad de pedir disculpas, las cartas nos hacen creer que podemos recuperar a los amigos que perdimos. Manuel es un hombre solo, ha perdido a sus amigos porque fue egoísta, porque se inspiró en ellos para escribir unas novelas que lo hicieron famoso pero que lo condenaron a la indiferencia y al silencio de aquellos a quienes ahora echa de menos. Estas son las cartas que escribe a los amigos que recupera en la fantasía: Melanie, con quien vivió algo más que una amistad; Daniel, que le enseñó a bailar, peinarse y visitar prostíbulos; Sebastián, el guapo actor con quien mantuvo una aventura secreta; su tocayo Manuel, quien también soñaba con ser escritor; y el doctor Guerra, personaje aristocrático que lo inició en el amor a los libros, el periodismo y los paseos sosegados por el parque del Retiro en Madrid.



Children
my princess boyMy Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
A 4-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing.

mommy, mama and meMommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman
A baby enjoys a number of fun activities with her two mothers.