Seattle Pride 2014

pride-flagWhat is Gay Pride? And why do we celebrate it with a Parade? Where did that Rainbow Flag come from? Was it really inspired by “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz? And what about those Pink Triangles? Ever wondered? Check out the above links for more detailed info, history of the gay rights movement & emblems that just may shock you.

Here in Seattle, there are tons of events going on this weekend to celebrate Pride. Visit the folks over at Seattle Pride for a complete listing of activities and performances. The big event, of course, is the Pride Parade on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. We highly recommend it. Well, admittedly we’re a little biased because the awesome Seattle Public Library Bookineers are in it once again, but the whole parade is a joy to watch!

This year’s theme is Generations of Pride and will honor those who fought the early battles and those continuing to advocate for equality in changing times.  George Takei of Star Trek (and social medias) fame is this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall!

Looking for a good LGBTQIA+ read? Your Seattle librarians have compiled a list of great Queer reads…there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

If you’re feeling creative (or opinionated!) visit GayYA.org, a place that: “accepts submissions from bloggers, writers, teenagers, and everybody in between. If you have something to say, come say it here. Click here for more details.” They also have The Ultimate Gay Reading List, an ongoing work in progress, that anyone can suggest titles for inclusion.

Some awesome authors (& their websites) you’ll be GLAAD you visited:

You also might enjoy The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves. There are entries from 63 award-winning authors including Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin.

And two final websites recommendations: The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project. Take a moment out of your day and watch a video or two. Pass it along. Share your own story. The library owns the IGB book and CD, so check them out!

We’d love to hear from you! Got any fabulous plans this weekend? Read any great books with LGBTQIA characters? If you need more recommendations, you can always hit us up for Your Next Five Books and we’ll see what we can do.

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