June is LGBT Pride Month

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The Sullivan Library recognizes June as LGBT Month. June officially commemorates Gay Pride celebrations in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969. The riots were in response to police raids at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay hang out. The events are now considered the beginning of the gay rights movement in America.

June is also GLBT Book Month. Visit the American Library Association website for more information.

The Sullivan Library has on display selected books from our collection regarding gay rights and society. See the LGBT Bibliography of related titles in our collection. Below are some highlighted books.

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From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation

By Carlos A. Ball and Michael Bronski

DC Call # 342.7308 B21F

Follows five pivotal cases that altered LGBT history and the stories behind them. One case involved a 7th-grader who was regularly beaten in school. He successfully sued the school district which claimed the beatings were his fault because he was openly gay. The author analyzes each case exploring the lasting legal and political impacts.

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Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation

By Simon LeVay

DC Call # 155.34 L575g

What causes a child to grow up gay or straight? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay summarizes a wealth of scientific evidence that points to one inescapable conclusion: Sexual orientation results primarily from an interaction between genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain. The chapter on bisexuality, reviews some uncommon forms of sexuality, and considers whether there could be a biological basis for subtypes of gay people such as “butch” and “femme” lesbians.

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Same-Sex Marriage: The Legal and Psychological Evolution in America

By Donald Cantor and Elizabeth Cantor

DC Call # 306.84 SA44

Few recent topics have claimed as much media and political attention as the fight for the right of same-sex couples to marry legally. This collection of eight essays by two attorneys and two psychologists sets itself apart by distilling volumes of information into one readable source.

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Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

By David Carter

DC Call # 306.76 C245S

The basis of the PBS American Experience documentary Stonewall Uprising.

In 1969, a series of riots over police action against a gay bar in New York City changed the longtime landscape of homosexuality in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. This work brings a definitive story to one of history’s most singular events.

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Transgender History

By Susan Stryker

DC Call # 306.768 ST89T

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, the book takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.

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Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools

By Arthur Lipkin

DC Call # 306.766 L664U

Scholarship on homosexuality, gay and lesbian identities, history, and culture came to universities too late for most elementary and secondary school educators, leaving them unprepared to deal with these subjects. Yet teacher education and training must incorporate these issues, if only because the plight of homosexual adolescents has become increasingly apparent. Written by a veteran teacher and university instructor, it provides a foundation in gay/lesbian studies and offers models for equity, inclusion, and school reform. Designed to help teachers, administrators, counselors, and policymakers understand the significance of gay and lesbian issues in education.



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