Libraries Celebrate Pride Month 2022

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June 2, 2022, 4 p.m.
Pride Month is an annual event to honor the Stonewall Riots, which started on June 28th in 1969 in Manhattan.
black and white photo of two black drag queens in dresses, with rainbow flag behind them and word PRIDE in reversed white text

Image credit: "Series II.H Professional Paper, Audiovisual, Photographic and Digital Materials and Artifacts. 1950-2005: Slides: Drag, Harlem and Miscellaneous." The Allan Berube Papers, Gale, 1958. Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Link for citation.

by Ocean Noah and McKenzie Rybka

Pride Month is an annual event to honor the Stonewall Riots, which started on June 28th in 1969 in Manhattan, New York. This uprising is a monumental moment in Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and others (LGBTQI+) history in the United States. At the time, same-sex relationships were illegal in New York. It was also illegal to serve alcohol to people who were known to solicit same-sex engagements. People in the queer community depended on gay bars and clubs for community building and potential relationships. However, police officers would intentionally raid gay bars and clubs and shut them down. The raiding of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village, triggered riots that lasted for several weeks, sparking the Gay Rights Movement in the United States and across the world. New York City held a march to commemorate the first anniversary of the riots in 1970. In the following years, cities all over the country held marches to celebrate “Gay Pride Day” on the last Sunday of June. It was a march to demonstrate continued support for rights of the LGBTQI+ community. As the march expanded its locations, days, and forms of demonstration, “Gay Pride Day” became today's Pride Month.

In Syracuse, the Central New York Pride Parade and Festival will be held! Pride month festivals are super fun; there are costumes and makeup, rainbow flags everywhere, drag shows, food, music and more. It's an all-around good time. But it’s crucial to remember that this celebration is rooted in activism, it’s about making our society a better place for queer folks, and we still have some work to do.

On campus, Syracuse University Libraries is celebrating Pride Month by sharing some of our queer and queer studies collections with the university community! You might notice that our cover photo for this blog post and our book display is the updated Progressive Pride flag, which has recently included new colors to acknowledge that the LGBTQI+ community is an intersectional one, and when we advocate for queer rights, we have to keep in mind the people in this community are also affected by their intersecting identities. The books and movies we have curated to share include fun and fabulous reads, because queer joy is revolutionary! We have also included memoirs, documentaries and academic works that analyze the struggles the LGBTQI+ community still faces.

Stop by Bird Library 1st floor between June 1-June 30, 2022, to see the variety of fiction and other books we’ve pulled for you, check out our online display in our Pride Month research guide and read on to discover other collections.

three side by side newspaper covers of newspaper titled "Gay Liberator;" first cover has blue drawing of two men with text "gay culture studies, hi school reunion, tv liberation, & more;" second cover has yellow star inside a circle with words "gay pride" and text "inside: rights law, new center, court victory, vice report, gays in china;" third cover has drawing of red butterfly with the words "on the need to fit in, news & reviews, journal praised, SWPs value?, free speech"

profile of black person with long lashes, red lipstick, beaded dress and earrings with cigarette in their mouth; background is black curtain and words "Paris is burning" in red

newsletter with title "LGBTQ Therapy Space, Jake Myers, Founder" at top and head and shoulders photo of white male wearing button down shirt and sweater on left, copy/text on rest of page

open spread of handwritten diary

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