Celebrating Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month

This June, celebrate Pride with these events, books and more.
This June, celebrate Pride with these events, books and more.

E very June, Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan — a pivotal moment in the gay liberation movement. This year, cultural institutions around the world are hosting exhibitions, events, screenings and more. Below are just a few events and books you can experience this year to learn more about the cultural achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Events

Songs for a Memorial at New York City AIDS Memorial

The New York City AIDS Memorial is pleased to launch our newest program centered around a site-specific, sculptural installation by Houston, Texas-based artist Steven Evans. Running throughout the summer, Songs for a Memorial is the fourth in the Memorial’s ongoing series of visual art and cultural programs that illuminate the history and future of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. Find out more.

Queer History Walks at The Whitney Museum of American Art

A free walking tour that explores the rich queer history of the neighborhood surrounding the Whitney Museum. This sunset walk will bring visitors to select historical sites that once provided a place to find and create queer community. Find out more.

The Hidden History of Gay Washington at 92NY

Washington, D.C., has always been a city of secrets. Few have been more dramatic than the ones revealed in this lecture, by James Kirchick, author of Secret City, The Hidden History of Gay Washington. Find out more.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Screening at Governor’s Island

After falling in love with a U.S. Army sergeant, an East Berlin boy named Hansel undergoes a sex-change operation so that he can legally marry his beloved. But the operation is botched, leaving the boy less than a man, but not quite a woman. Deserted in a Kansas trailer park, the boy/girl, now named Hedwig, reinvents himself/herself as a rock star. Based on the hit off-Broadway musical. 95 min. Find out more.

Pride of Passage: Strawberry Hill, Sexuality and the Grand Tour

The event, hosted by John Darlington, Executive Director at WMF Britain, will spotlight WMF’s focus on underrepresented heritage and its involvement at Strawberry Hill. Dan Vo, Head of Learning and Engagement at Queer Britain will join Joseph Galliano, Director and Co-Founder of Queer Britain in conversation, taking the audience on their own Grand Tour, from Walpole to the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum. The event will include a Q&A with both speakers. Find out more.

Reading List

Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper (Young Audiences)

From acclaimed author Phil Stamper (The Gravity of Us and As Far as You’ll Take Me) comes a poignant coming-of-age, contemporary middle grade debut novel about finding your place, using your voice, and the true meaning of pride.

Boys Come First by Aaron Foley

This hilarious, touching debut novel by Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, follows three Black gay millennial men looking for love, friendship, and professional success in the Motor City.

Rainbow Rainbow by Lydia Conklin

A fearless collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that's not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy.

Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller

An unconventional history of homosexuality for readers of The Deviant’s War by Eric Cervini. We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those “bad gays” whose unexemplary lives reveal more than we might expect? Too many popular histories seek to establish heroes, pioneers and martyrs but, as Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue, the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been overlooked.

100 Queer Poems ed. by Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan 

Encompassing both the flowering of queer poetry over the past few decades and the poets who came before and broke new ground, 100 Queer Poems presents an electrifying range of writing from the twentieth century to the present day.

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