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What 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!
The final months of school are upon us… and that means it’s prom season! Hallways are already abuzz with prom gossip. Everyone seems to have something to say about this monumental occasion – whether they love prom, hate prom, or really couldn’t care less about all the hype.
But no matter what your opinion is, you are bound to love at least one of these five prom-related books.
Prom: A Novel Based on the Major Motion Picture by Ellie O’Ryan. Maybe one of your more typical prom storylines. One girl, who happens to also be president of the Prom Committee, has to choose between two boys to be her date. Whatever will she do?
The Prom Book: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need by Lauren Metz. This book is a guidebook for any teen getting ready for prom. It is full of tips and tricks for everything you need to plan for the dance – budgeting, wardrobe, etc. – and even has some interactive features.
Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris. The story of a girl who is just trying to make it through senior year, but keeps being dragged into her friend’s crazy schemes to try and get prom dates.
Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom by Emily Franklin. A boy confesses his feelings for his female best friend, only to find out that she has asked another girl to prom. Now he has to decide if he will help defend her against the riled up small town community.
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald. Prom drama breaks out when a young lady’s boyfriend is seen with another girl in a limousine on the night of the dance. Betrayed, she and some other girls band together to take revenge.
–Hannah, 16, Greenwood
Not so long ago, this list was really hard to put together. One, there weren’t that many books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning teens. Two, the few books that did have characters like that were more like afterschool specials, with the characters having to deal with their “problem.” Three, not all the books were well written.