Book List: Pride Week reads for children and adults

The Richmond Public Library has created a list of books for children, teens and adults in celebration of Pride Week!

Kids

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Based on a true story of two penguins from the Central Park Zoo, this picture books is a cute retelling of their adoption story.

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This Day in June by Gayle Pitman 
Ever wondered what June is all about? This vibrantly illustrated picture book shows what Pride is all about. It is an excellent resource for parents who want to explain Pride to their children. 

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I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel
What is it like to be transgender? Read about Jazz's story who does not feel right in her body. This heart-warming story is based on the real-life experience of Jazz learning to accept herself. "I am Jazz" handles this sensitive subject with respect and accessible language for kids to understand. 

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Worm Loves Worm by J.J Austrian
If you enjoyed "And Tango Makes Three" then be sure to check out this story! Two worms fall madly in love and want to get married. This sweet story shows love is love and it doesn't matter who wears the tux because they are in love. 

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This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
This is a great read for anyone who has questions, or who is daring to wonder. With humour, and compassion this book gives you a candid answer to some of life's hardest questions about sexuality. 

Teens

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Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon is an average high school student, except he had been emailing another boy, who is known as Blue. When his emails fall into the hands of a bully, he his blackmailed by the bully who threatens to out him to the entire school.

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The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
For fans of Cassandra Claire's works, comes this delightful story focusing on the most famous couple in the Shadowhunter world. This book follows Magnus and Alec as they take that luxurious trip across Europe, until it gets interrupted by a terrible cult that apparently Magnus himself created....what!?

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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Quinn Robert's dream is to work in Hollywood, but then his life starts spinning out of control after his sister's death. His best friend does everything to help Quinn and ends up dragging him to a college party where Quinn meets a guy and falls hard. Maybe Quinn's story can have a happy ending after all? C

Adult

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Out north : an archive of queer activism and kinship in Canada by Jennex, Craig
ArQuives, the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive in the world, has been collecting important artifacts since 1973, and has produced a definitive visual guide to their vast collection. Celebrate, and perhaps reminisce, about the struggles and achievements of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ movements!

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How we fight for our lives : a memoir by Jones, Saeed
In this stunning, coming of age memoir, both a Kirkus Prizewinner and recipient of the Stonewall Book Award, the author looks deeply at what it means to be both black and gay. What does it mean to fully embrace your identity in a world where it can be downright deadly to do so?

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The best party of our lives : stories of gay weddings and true love to inspire us all by Galvin, Sarah
Love is love, and the legalization of gay marriage finally allows same-sex couples to publicly celebrate their love. This moving collection of true stories is sure to inspire couples planning their own weddings, and is a real testament to the power of love.

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The queering of corporate America : how big business went from LGBTQ adversary to ally by  Ball, Carlos A.
Are corporate entities friends or foes to the LGBTQ community? Legal scholar and author Ball makes the case that thanks to LGBTQ activism, businesses have been set on the path to making efforts to stop religious groups from trying to suppress gay rights.

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Becoming gay: the journey to self-acceptance by Isay, Richard A.
Dr. Isay's insights, including his own personal story, provide invaluable support to gay men in embracing their identity in a positive way. Not only for gay men, this classic book is sure to educate families, friends, and therapists who want to better understand the coming-out process.

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Swish : my quest to become the gayest person ever by Joel Derfner.
Denied access to needlepoint and flower arranging at summer day camp, Joel Derfner found his path in life set. Join fearless adventurer Derfner on his glittery, flamboyant, hilarious, and poignant journey as he explores his identity and simultaneously guides readers through contemporary gay culture.

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The queer parent's primer: a lesbian and gay families' guide to navigating the straight world by Brill, Stephanie A.
Learn ways to define, protect and nourish your loving householdwith this comprehensive guide to real life parenting solutions for queer families. Present your family with pride!

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Global gay : how gay culture is changing the world by  Martel, Frédéric, 1967
What’s it like to be gay around the world? Author Martel visits 50 countries to find out just how distinctly each varies from the “gay American way of life” for gay activism and culture. Find out how the appraisal of the status of gay rights has become a tool to measure both a country’s modernity and democracy in this fascinating global journey.

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Queer eye : love yourself, love your life by Porowski, Antoni.
Get to know the Fab Five as these TV icons guide you through each of their areas of expertise! Queer Eye encourages you to groom your life into a happy, healthy and self-loving one. Be your authentic self – be proud to be you.

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