Pride in Our Collection

June is LGBTQIA+ PRIDE Month!

Pride library display at the Main Campus-- Check it out at the front of the Main Campus Library!
Pride display at the Main Campus Library

As President Joe Biden states in this year’s Pride month proclamation:

This month, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely. We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.

As we celebrate and honor members of the LGBTQIA+ community and the work of activists, we recognize the hard-fought achievements of the past and the urgency of supporting LGBTQIA+ rights today.

Read on to learn more about Pride and check out our Pride recommendations.

Community Pride

The first Pride march – the Christopher Street Liberation Day March – was held in New York City on June 28th, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. North Carolina’s first march, “Our Day Out,” took place on June 27, 1981 in Durham in response to anti-gay violence.

To learn more about the history of LGBTQIA+ community and activism in Durham, check out the web exhibit, Love + Liberation: A History of LGBTQ+ Durham, created through a collaboration between community members and the Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection.

Reading and Watching Pride History

Explore the history of LGBTQIA+ activism and advocacy in the U.S. through these nonfiction books and documentary films in our collection:

Stream PBS’s American Experience episode on the Stonewall Uprising in Films on Demand and Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson in Avon: Academic Video Online. (Log in with your Durham Tech username and password). 

Fiction Favorites

Looking for LGBTQIA+ fiction? Check out some of our picks, including some Lamda Literary and Stonewall Book award winners! This selection includes print books, audio books, and ebooks in multiple fiction genres, such as science fiction, romance, YA, and graphic novels.

Explore additional books and films highlighted on our LGBTQIA+ Libguide and browse more audio books and ebooks in our LGBTQ+ Collection in Dogwood Digital Library.

Happy Pride Reading!