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 email@example.com.
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 minutes…Browse Falvey Library’s LGBTQIA+ reading list.
If you have 8 minutes…Read 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 30 minutes…Read more about legislation affecting LGBTQIA+ rights across the country.
If you have 62 minutes…Watch 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.