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Pride Month 2019!

June is Pride Month, and the Haverhill Public Library is celebrating with a non-fiction display as well as Pride programming. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which took place in June 1969 after the police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, a gathering place for gay men, lesbians, drag queens, and transgender people. It is remembered as a landmark event in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.

The library’s display includes infographics from Trans Student Educational Resources highlighting the disparities experienced by homeless LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth of color as well as flow charts from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project detailing experiences of trans people with poverty and homelessness, the criminal justice system, and immigration. Additionally, in honor of the decades of LGBTQ+ resistance that have followed Stonewall, the display includes two photos available through the Digital Transgender Archive, which show the First Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1970 as well as Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and members of STAR at the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1973.

These are some of the titles owned by the library that are part of this month’s display:

Cover image for Butch heroes

Butch Heroes by Ria Brodell

Cover image for ¡Cuéntamelo! : testimonios de immigrantes latinos LGBT = ¡Cuéntamelo! : oral histories by LGBT Latino immigrants

¡Cuéntamelo! : testimonios de immigrantes latinos LGBT by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Cover image for Trans like me : conversations for all of us

Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by C.N. Lester

Cover image for Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Cover image for No ashes in the fire : coming of age black & free in America

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell L. Moore

Cover image for Transgender children and youth : cultivating pride and joy with families in transition

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah C. Nealy

Cover image for A sinner in Mecca : a gay Muslim's hajj of defiance

A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Musilm’s Hajj of Defiance by Parvez Sharma

Cover image for Unbound : transgender men and the remaking of identity

Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein

The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts’ 2017 Merrimack Valley Community Resource Manual includes an LGBT Services section as well as entries relating to HIV/AIDS and other health services. In addition, the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth offers an Interactive LGBTQ Resource Map containing resources across the state.

Please feel free to join us on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:00 PM for a panel on sexual orientation and gender identity with SpeakOUT Boston, which bills itself as “a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of our lives.” You can register online by clicking on “Calendar of Events” on the HPL website and locating the event, or by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

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