Image (c) 2013 by Micah Bazant, retrieved from Equality Archive.
The flag above is modified from the traditional rainbow flag to honor the lives of black and brown queer people, and flies this June in Philadelphia [see here for more context and critique]. It is particularly meaningful as this month is the first anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, FL, where the majority of the victims were Latinx and other queers of color.
June is LGBT Pride Month in the United States. It's a time to reflect on our community's continuing struggle for equity and justice, and also a time to celebrate how far we have come and to take pride in the beauty of our lives. Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising that began on June 29, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, which launched the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.
This guide was created to accompany the June 2017 book display on the first floor of the Campus Library. The theme of the display is Queer Voices Across the Spectrum, and books were selected that center the stories and lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people from diverse communities around the country, and the world. Despite much progress since 1969, safety and acceptance have not come equally for all LGBTQ+ people. Many of the activists who have fought the hardest and given the most in the struggle for equality have been and are queer and trans people of color, such as Stonewall icons Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and yet too often their stories are whitewashed or erased entirely. The books in the display celebrate the voices of queer people whose experiences have often been marginalized in the rush for social acceptance and assimilation.
While the collection on display in our lobby is relatively small, the UW library system has an amazing array of books (print and electronic), films, scholarly work, and archival materials that document and celebrate the past, present, and futures of our communities. Explore this guide to find more! I have also included links to some great community resources, both on-campus and around the Bothell/Seattle area. If you know of a local LGBTQ+ organization that hasn't made it onto this guide, please email me about it at email@example.com!