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.
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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.
- 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 America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History by Beth Pruitt (e-book).
- LGBT Psychology and Mental Health: Emerging Research and Advances by Richard Ruth and Erik Santacruz (e-book).
- Nonbinary Gender Identities: History, Culture, Resources by Charlie McNabb (e-book).
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:
- Pride with Arlan Hamilton, Alicia Garza, John deBary, Nico Tortorella, R. Eric Thomas, and Jesse Szewczyk (Zoom event: Tues., June 16, 8 p.m.).
- ‘I have to go off’: activist Sylvia Rivera on choosing to riot at Stonewall (1989 interview with journalist Eric Marcus).
- Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender pioneer and activist (obituary in The New York Times).
- The Free Library of Philadelphia (LGBTQ+ resources and programming).
- The William Way LGBT Community Center—”Encourages, supports and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational and cultural programming.”
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.