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Weekend Recs: Pride Month

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. This new, relevant, and thought-provoking content will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

This week’s installment of Weekend Recs is courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Annie will be back in a few weeks with new summer recommendations—Stay tuned! 

June 1 marked the beginning of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and their positive impact on society. Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that occurred in response to a long history of police brutality. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. Rather than leaving the club when dismissed, patrons, staff, and locals from the neighborhood began rioting on Christopher Street outside the club. Word of the riot spread and by that evening “thousands of protesters had gathered at the Stonewall and in the surrounding area. The protests continued into the next week, with another outbreak of intense fighting occurring on that following Wednesday.” The first Pride march was held on June 28, 1970, in New York City on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

While we celebrate Pride Month, we must combat continued racism against members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We continue to see state legislatures advancing anti-LGBTQIA+ bills “that target transgender people, limit local protections, and allow the use of religion to discriminate.” We invite you to learn more about LGBTQIA+ history, related topics, needs, and challenges through resources at Falvey Library. If you are looking for a specific resource, please contact our librarians at

Below is just a snapshot of the many resources available. No list could ever be comprehensive, but we hope these recs will serve as a starting point this weekend.

If you have 5 minutesBrowse Falvey Library’s LGBTQIA+ reading list.

If you have 8 minutesRead this interview with Bess Rowen, PhD, on Villanova University’s Intro to LGBTQ Studies course. (The inaugural course ran during the spring 2023 semester).

If you have 10 minutes…Check out the full list of Pride Month events in Philadelphia.

If you have 15 minutes…Explore LGBTQIA+ resources at Falvey Library. View LGBTQIA+ resources on and off Villanova’s campus.

If you have 30 minutesRead more about legislation affecting LGBTQIA+ rights across the country.

If you have 62 minutesWatch this interview with Yvonne Ritter who discusses the raid at Stonewall.

Bonus: Read The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gale Pitman. *eBook available at Falvey Library.

If you have 4 hours…Stream the first season of “Heartstopper” on Netflix before the second season premiers on Aug. 3.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

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Celebrating Pride Month with our LGBTQIA+ Community

Today is June 1, the first day of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and their positive impact on society. “The first Pride March in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising,” explains the Library of Congress website. We invite you to learn more about LBGTQIA+ events, resources, and audio/visual content on the LOC website.

Villanova University is joining in Pride Month as well, recognizing “the presence and contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals to history, culture and society in general.”

At the Library, we offer our Pride-themed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion guide from 2020, which runs down a slate of curated content and resources. It gives the month proper historical context and provides many hours of educational and illuminating works.

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An Uprising, A Movement: Celebrating the Stonewall Rebellion

Credit: By Rhododendrites – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Fifty-three years ago yesterday, police in New York City raided a bar in Greenwich Village well known for serving LBGTQ+ patrons. As noted by the Library of Congress’s Today in History entry for Stonewall, “[in New York state,] it was illegal to serve alcohol to a gay person until 1966, and in 1969, homosexuality was still considered a criminal offense. This led many gay establishments to operate sans liquor license, providing an open door for raids and police brutality.” It was not the first time police had harassed patrons at the Stonewall Innpolice routinely raided the bar; sometimes they would make arrests or they’d simply turn up to intimidate people and demand pay-offs in return for not publicly releasing patron names or giving out code violation citations.

This particular raid would make an indelible mark in history.

Rather than leaving as they were dismissed, patrons and locals from the neighborhood angrily stood outside. And as the police arrested thirteen of the staff and customers, the crowd became incensed at the rough treatment. They’d had enough. They pelted the police with pennies and debris, and minutes later hundreds of people began rioting.

That night sparked five more days of rioting, involving thousands of people and it became a pivotal event for LBGTQ+ people, an inspiration to stand up and demand equal rights. In 2016, the Stonewall Inn and close surroundings were designated a National Monument, the first such monument commemorating the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

As we conclude Pride Month, we celebrate those in the LBGTQ+ community who rose up, that night and in the many decades afterward, to be heard and be seen.

It is more important than ever to remember the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ people of color as we struggle as a nation with racist terrorist attacks on communities of color and a wave of transphobic legislation across the country. In 2020 the President and CEO of GLADD Sarah Kate Ellis made the following statement which is just as relevant today as it was two years ago “It is important to remember that the revolutionary riots at Stonewall in 1969 were spearheaded by many LGBTQ people of color, and that none of the progress made for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people over the past 51 years would be possible if not for the action and courage of those protestors. … There can be no Pride if it is not intersectional.’”

If you want to learn more about the Stonewall Uprising, delve into the many resources that Falvey Memorial Library has to offer.

If you want to catch up on Falvey’s Pride Month coverage, check out our additional Pride Month coverage:

Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Falvey Library Celebrates Pride Month

Philadelphia Pride Flag.

Happy Pride! Falvey Memorial Library is celebrating Pride Month, and we invite you to celebrate along with us.

It is in this spirit that we encourage the community to increase awareness about LGBTQIA+ related topics, needs, and challenges.

Villanova University provides an array of resources for LGBTQIA members of our community, from VU Pride to scholarship information to Safe Zone training. We invite you to explore and discover a wealth of information there.

Similarly, in honor of Pride Month, we offer a LGBTQIA+ reading list, including a wide range of novels, poetry, non-fiction, and film. They span hundreds of years and include classics along with modern works. No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope that this list, will serve as a starting point. 

Pride Month Recommended Reading List



Paris is Burning (film) Livingston, Jennie Documentary 1990
Stonewall Uprising Documentary 2015
Normal Heart, The Kramer, Larry Drama 1985



Price of Salt, The Highsmith, Patricia Fiction 1952
Giovanni’s Room Baldwin, James Fiction 1957
City of Night Rechy, John Fiction 1963
Rubyfruit Jungle Brown, Rita Mae Fiction 1973 Available via E-Z Borrow
City and the Pillar, The Vidal, Gore Fiction 1979
Color Purple, The Walker, Alice Fiction 1982
Boy’s Own Story, A White, Edmund Fiction 1982
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit Winterson, Jeanette Fiction 1997
Tipping the Velvet Waters, Sarah Fiction 1998 Available via E-Z Borrow
Hours, The Cunningham, Michael Fiction 1998
Middlesex Eugenides, Jeffrey Fiction 2003 Available via E-Z Borrow
Under the Udala Trees Okparanta, Chinelo Fiction 2015
Edinburgh Chee, Alexander Fiction 2016 Available via E-Z Borrow
She Of The Mountains Shraya, Vivek Fiction 2016 Available via E-Z Borrow
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls Madden, T. Kira Fiction 2019 Available via E-Z Borrow
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Vuong, Ocean Fiction 2019 Available via E-Z Borrow
Memorial Washington, Bryan Fiction 2020 Available via E-Z Borrow
Real Life Taylor, Brandon Fiction 2020 Available via E-Z Borrow
Vanishing Half, The Bennett, Brit Fiction 2020 Available via E-Z Borrow
Ana on the Edge Sass, AJ Fiction 2021
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Albertalli, Becky Fiction 2021 https://
Single Man, The  Isherwood, Christopher Fiction 1962
Maurice: A Novel FORSTER, E.M. Fiction 1971
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The  Chbosky, Stephen Fiction 1999 Available via E-Z Borrow
Line of Beauty, The Hollinghurst, Alan. Fiction 2004
Hero Moore, Perry Fiction 2007
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Saenz, Benjamin Alire Fiction 2013 Available via E-Z Borrow
Call Me By Your Name Aciman, Andre Fiction 2017 Available via E-Z Borrow
Reverie La Sala, Ryan Fiction 2019 Available via E-Z Borrow
Fun Home Bechdel, Alison Graphic memoir 2006
Princess and the Dressmaker, The Wang, Jen Graphic novel 2018 Available via E-Z Borrow


In the Dream House : a memoir Machado, Carmen Maria Biography 2019
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Lorde, Audre Biomythography 1982
Song of Achilles, The Miller, Madeline Historical fiction 2011
Orlando: A Biography Woolf, Virginia Literature 1928
Tales of the City Maupin, Armistead Literature 1976 Available via E-Z Borrow
And the Band Played On Shiltz, Randy Non-fiction 1987
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Lorde, Audre Non-fiction 2007
Queer History of the United States, A Bronski, Michael Non-fiction 2011
Transgender Experience: Place, Ethnicity, and Visibility Zabus, Chantal J. and Coad, David Non-Fiction 2014
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History Non-fiction 2016
Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normatives Martínez-San Miguel, Yolanda (Editor), Tobias, Sarah, 1963- (Editor) Non-fiction 2016
Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity Stein, Arlene Non-fiction 2018
Gay on God’s Campus: Mobilizing for LGBT Equality at Christian Colleges and Universities Coley, Jonathan S. Non-fiction 2018
Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources McNabb, Charlie, Non-fiction 2018
Navigating Trans and Complex Gender Identities Green, Jamison; Hoskin, Rhea Ashley; Mayo, Cris; and Miller, S.J. Non-fiction 2020
Queer New York, A : geographies of lesbians, dykes, and queers Gieseking, Jen Jack Non-fiction 2020
United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow Glass, Dan Non-fiction 2020


June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint Jordan, June Stories 1995
Leaves of Grass Whitman, Walt Poetry 1855
New and Selected Poems, Volume Two Oliver, Mary Poetry 2005
Selected Poems: 1950-1995 Rich, Adrienne Poetry 1996
Homie: Poems Smith, Danez Poetry 2020 Available via E-Z Borrow
Amora Polesso, Natalia Borges Stories 2020 Available via E-Z Borrow



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Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide: LGBTQ+ Resources for Pride Month

By Beaudry Allen, Laura Bang, Deborah Bishov, Sarah Wingo, and Kallie Stahl



June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City held June 28, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that occurred in response to a long history of police brutality. On the night of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. (Note: a post on the Stonewall riots is forthcoming on the blog June 29).

Pride 2020 was already going to be different this year, with COVID-19 making large public gatherings, such as parades and other celebrations typically held for Pride, impractical and leading organizers to pivot to virtual events. Furthermore, in keeping with the roots of the LGBTQ+ movement, the community has mobilized to shift more of the focus of this year’s Pride to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as protests are currently taking place all over the world. These current events intensify the importance of recognizing how nuanced and interconnected all forms of identity and politics are, and we hope this LGBTQ+ resource list provides more information.

At Falvey Memorial Library we believe that learning is a lifelong process that is essential for education and personal growth. We support and encourage exploration through respectful discourse and hope that our collections can contribute to this conversation. If you are looking for a specific work or for literature on a specific topic, please feel free to get in touch with our librarians at

Explore LGBTQ+ resources on Falvey’s Diversity and Inclusion subject guide—below is just a snapshot of the many resources available. Share your own content to the page using the Resource Submission Form.

LGBTQ+ Databases:

  • The National Archives: Gay and Lesbian History—”This guide will help you find records relating to sexuality and gender identity history.”
  • LGBT Thought and Culture—”An online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social, and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day.”
  • LGBT Magazine Archive—”A searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years.”

LGBTQ+ Books and eBooks:

LGBTQ+ Content Curated by the Villanova Community:

  • Trans Student Educational Resources—”A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.”
  • GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality—”A national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.”
  • The Attic—”The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.”

LGBTQ+ Resources Recommended by Falvey Subject Librarians and Staff:

Additional LGBTQ+ resources will be featured all month long. Check back weekly for news and updates. Be sure to follow VU Pride for more information on programs and campus initiatives to help create a welcoming community at Villanova University for all students, staff, and faculty.

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Last Modified: June 15, 2020

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