Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which is often considered by most historians to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
The Wheaton Community Relations Commission encourages the community to learn more about the history of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and to explore some of the local events which celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride and the LGBTQ+ local community.
Here are other resources to learn more about the history of Pride.
Wheaton Public Library Events
The LGBTQ+ Experience
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Join OUTspoken Leaders for an LGBTQ+ panel discussion on the queer experience and why providing resources for LGBTQ+ folx is so vital. Register here for Zoom webinar link https://bit.ly/3i1VUqW
High School Programs
LGBTQIA+ and Allies Meetup
Monday, June 14 at 3 p.m. (in-person)
Join us on the West Plaza to meet and chat with other LGBTQIA teens (and teen allies).
Pride Month Book Discussion
Thursday, June 17, 4 p.m.
Join others to discuss books that feature LGBTQIT+ characters. Choose a book from our curated book list or one of your own. Click here for more details.
Resist! An Activism Workshop for Everyone
Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Are you ready to resist? Learn about activism and organizing and gain skills to take on change-making work yourself in this workshop led by activist and writer, KaeLyn Rich, author of Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. KaeLyn Rich (she/her) is the author of Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. KaeLyn is a queer feminist, a direct action organizer, a nonprofit leader, a word wrangler, and a professional speaker. She currently works for the feminist organization, UltraViolet, and formerly worked for ACLU and Planned Parenthood affiliates in New York. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, their toddler, and a house full of furkids. Register here for the Zoom link.
Wheaton Public Library Book Lists
In addition to the various Wheaton Public Library events, the Wheaton Public Library has curated a book list Pride Month - Read the Rainbow. Below are some of the books featured in this list. You can also explore more resources available on the Library’s Pride Page.
High School - Fiction
- Simon vs the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender (as Kheryn Callender)
- Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
- I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
- Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
- How (not) to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee
- The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
- We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
- The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
- Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenez