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Harwood-Jones’ Journey Filled With LGBTQ Life Lessons

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Happy Pride Month! June was chosen as Pride Month to celebrate and commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, and sparked what turned into days of clashes and riots between the police, and members of the LGBTQAI community. The riots are largely considered to have been the defining moment that brought the fight for gay rights into the modern era. Pride parades, first started in 1970, the year after the riots, now take place across the world. Because at BookTrib we’re all about books and literature, we have one of our favorite interviews to share with you this month! Markus Harwood-Jones is coming out with two companion books this August: Romeo for…

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LGBTQ Reads: Jazz Jennings and Kody Keplinger Among Authors Embracing Pride Month

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, and in light of the upcoming election and the tragedy that occurred in Orlando, reading books about LGTBQ characters is more important than ever. Ten years ago it was almost impossible to find queer main characters in popular literature, with readers often needing to seek out indie titles or search through self-published e-books to find non-heteronormative stories. But lately there has been a boom in LGBTQ publishing, particularly in genres like Young Adult literature. And while we definitely still have a long way to go, it’s clear that readers are clamoring for more and more books that celebrate the LGBTQ community. So as we close out Pride Month, we thought it only fitting…

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Find your Pride Month celebration in the Guide to Pride

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While it’s a wonderful thing to be proud of who you are all year-round, June is the month in which it’s celebrated officially in the LGBT community with elaborate parades, music festivals and rallies. All month long, cities around the U.S. are hosting Pride events to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a pivotal turning point for gay rights in the U.S. Here a just a few of the spots you can join in the festivities and the educational events the rest of this month: NYC PRIDE (NEW YORK, NY) – June 21-28 New York has a number of pride events throughout the month, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Harlem Pride, Rockland County Pride, Queen City Pride (Hudson Valley)…

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Pride Month: Joe Wenke Says LGBTQIA equality still a long ways off

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Well, it’s Gay Pride month and we’re also just a few weeks away from the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. I think it’s almost always a bad idea to anticipate outcomes because life is so unpredictable, but just about everyone, including every Republican candidate for president, thinks that SCOTUS will rule either that all Americans have a constitutional right to marry whomever they want regardless of gender or that all states must recognize legal marriages performed in other states. So it would seem that this is a particularly good time to step back and assess where we stand in the struggle for freedom and equality for all LGBTQIA people. What follows is what I think along with a number…

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The Handsome Father paves the way for gay dads

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When it comes to starting a family, it’s a brave new world for gay fathers. Brian Stephens and Andy Miller had always dreamed of becoming dads. However, when the time came for them to start a family they realized they had little information on where or how to begin. After all, the birds do it. The bees do it. But what about the gay fathers? How do they do it? How do they start a family? They found that resources lacking on the subject and there were few gay fathers they could turn for advice. “From our own vantage point becoming fathers was so overwhelming, it seemed so daunting, it seemed so mysterious, it was hard to get our arms…

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