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LGBT Pride Month

The Haverhill Public Library supports Pride Month!

What is Pride Month? The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in New York City, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club, rioted against the police, who raided the club and aggressively roughed up patrons and employees. New York’s gay community had grown weary of the police department targeting gay clubs, which acted as places of refuge where they could express themselves openly. The Stonewall Riots were followed by five days of protest. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.

The Stonewall Inn, June 2012

In 2016, President Barack Obama designated the site of the riots a national monument in recognition of the area’s contribution to human rights.

On June 11, 1999 President Clinton issued Proclamation No. 7203 (PDF) for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month:

“Thirty years ago this month, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous
group of citizens resisted harassment and mistreatment, setting in
motion a chain of events that would become known as the Stonewall Uprising
and the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement.
Gays and lesbians, their families and friends, celebrate the anniversary of
Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.”

The purpose of the commemorative month is to promote the equal rights of the LGBTQ+ Community and recognize the impact the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history.

Check out the 2018 Stonewall Book Award winners and honors from the library:

Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community by John Chaich and Todd Oldham


Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu


An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon


When I Grow Up, I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen


For more information, there are freely Accessible Digital Collections!

Rainbow History Project

A Washington, D.C. based group who preserves and shares the history of LGBTQ+ persons and communities in the D.C. area.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

This collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, provides the public with access to American public radio content dating back to the 1950s. This link will bring you to what is in their archive subjects pertaining to LGBTQ+.

Queer Zine Archive Project

Self-published zines that provide uncensored first hand narratives on LGBTQ+, feminism, and social justice.

Veterans History Project, Speaking Out: LGBT Veterans

Oral histories from LGBT veterans and service members.

African American AIDS Activism Oral History Project

This site features the stories of people who have fought the spread of HIV and AIDS in African American communities.

Digital Transgender Archive

The Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) increases the accessibility of transgender history by providing a comprehensive collection of trans-related materials.

Act Up Oral History Interviews

A collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.

Lesbian Herstory Archives

This archive is home to the largest collection of materials about lesbians in the world The photograph collections contains of all kinds, form snapshots to professional photography and more. There is also a video and an audio collection that includes, around 3000 oral history tapes.

GLBT Historical Society

The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco

NYPL LGBT+ Digital Collections

LGBT materials and digital collections at the New York Public Library

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Founded in 1952, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives is one of the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.

And Scholarly Journals and Periodicals!

Transgender Online

A peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to addressing the healthcare needs of transgender individuals.

Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology

And academic, peer-reviewed journal produced by the Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Interest Group in Australia.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Commons

Free, Full-text access to scholarly articles, dissertations, book chapters and more, provided by hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.


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