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June is Pride Month

Celebration + Reading List

By the Executive Service Corps (ESC) | Published June 2020


Pride Month is an annual commemoration held during the entire month of June to remember the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, that served to launch the LGBTQ rights movement in America. 


ESC encourages all organizations and companies to review and update their policies to ensure inclusivity of all individuals on an annual basis. If your fiscal year doesn’t roll over July 1st, then June is a great time to take that on. 


Pride month celebrations and acknowledgments vary by community. In many US cities such as Chicago a lively parade traditionally marks the occasion. Virtual Pride events are being held online for free. 


You can celebrate by educating yourself on the history of the LGBTQ rights. 


You can also become an ally and be an example of love and acceptance. 


Many organizations and companies celebrate Pride Month by flying a rainbow flag and having a day where staff are encouraged to wear a rainbow pin or clothes if they’d like.


Book clubs, including those affiliated with organizations, and individuals can choose books related to the holidays of each month, making June a great time to read about Harvey Milk or any other LGBTQ+ leaders in our country's history. 


Some companies celebrate by organizing fundraisers for LGBTQ+ local organizations. 


Organizations can utilize LGBTQ+ speakers to conduct awareness training for team members. 


There are many ways to celebrate Pride month. ESC encourages you to use it as an opportunity to be a mindful and inclusive ally. 

Please help us continue our work.


Pride Month Recommended Reading List

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Author's Social Media
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages
Saundra Mitchell
And Tango Makes Three (Children's Book)
Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole
And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality
Mark Segal
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
Randy Shilts
Beyond the Gender Binary (Age 12 and Up)
Alok Vaid-Menon, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
C. Riley Snorton
Garth Greenwell
Fairest: A Memoir
Meredith Talusan
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
Kate Bornstein
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
Andrea Ritchie
Leah On the Offbeat
Becky Albertalli
Love Wins
Debbie Cenziper, Jim Obergefell
Julie Anne Peters
Mean Little deaf Queer: A Memoir
Terry Galloway
No Tea, No Shade. New Writings in Black Queer Studies
E. Patrick Johnson, Editor
Pink Triangle : The Nazi War Against Homosexuals
Richard Plant
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag (Children’s Book)
Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno
Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders
Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall
She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Jennifer Finney Boylan
The Black Flamingo (Young Adult Novel)
Dean Atta
The Gay Revolution
Lillian Faderman
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Randy Shilts
Transgender Warriors: The Making of History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Leslie Feinberg
Glennon Doyle
When We Rise
Cleve Jones
When the Moon Was Ours: A Novel
Anna-Marie Mclemore
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