Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month
PRIDE Month is a Federally-Recognized Heritage Month established by a presidential proclamation in 1999 that is observed each June.
Partial listing of books available with an EOLS Library Card:
Stonewall: Breaking out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum
Becoming a man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl
Helping your Transgender Teen: a Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger
Search the full collection at eols.org/catalog.
“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”
(Source: Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/)
As members of the American Library Association, we recognize the importance of codifying and making known to the profession and to the general public the ethical principles that guide the work of librarians, other professionals providing information services, library trustees and library staffs.
Ethical dilemmas occur when values are in conflict. The American Library Association Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed, and embodies the ethical responsibilities of the profession in this changing information environment.
We significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information. In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.
The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.
Adopted at the 1939 Midwinter Meeting by the ALA Council; amended June 30, 1981; June 28, 1995; January 22, 2008; and June 29, 2021.
(Source: American Library Association)
“Freedom Oklahoma works to build an Oklahoma where all 2SLGBTQ+ people have the safety to thrive.”
Diversity Center of Oklahoma
“The Diversity Center of Oklahoma Inc.; our mission is to reduce barriers in the Gender Diverse & LGBTQ+ communities and their families, including disenfranchised and marginalized people of color by providing quality primary health care treatment, and behavioral health treatment, along with additional complimentary health care services.”
OKC Pride Alliance
“In 2023, there are too many of our 2SLGBTQ+ neighbors who are still forced to hide who they truly are out of fear of violence, judgment, prejudice, and more. We, the Pride Alliance, aim to create an environment of love and visibility annually through PrideFest.”
Free Mom Hugs
“Free Mom Hugs has chapters in all 50 states and other initiatives forming globally. The group’s growing force of more than 14,000 volunteers is a national groundswell dedicated to empowering the world to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through visibility, conversation and education.”
“GLAAD works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.”
“GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. ”
Human Rights Campaign
“Our goal is to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people, and particularly those of us who are trans, people of color and HIV+, are treated as full and equal citizens within our movement, across our country and around the world.”
Housing Assistance for LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBTQ+ youth can face numerous difficulties in finding safe and secure housing. Fortunately, many local and national organizations offer support.
“For five decades and counting, Lambda Legal has proudly served as attorneys for the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV.”
“PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.”
Transgender Law Center
“Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.”
“June is Rainbow Book Month,™ a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. As of 2020, GLBT Book Month™ (celebrated by the American Library Association since 2015) has been renamed Rainbow Book Month™, in coordination with the Rainbow Round Table’s name change in 2019. Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in LGBTQIA+ literature. ”