In June, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared the month of June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. This month was chosen in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a system that persecuted sexual minorities, and have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Gay and Lesbian Pride Month strives to inspire a spirit of acceptance of all people and welcomes diversity in communities regardless of sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, and memorials for those lives tragically lost from HIV and AIDS. This month marks a special time to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian and Transgender individuals have had on the world.
Sueltenfuss Library will display books on gay and lesbian topics throughout the month of June. Come by the second floor and view some of the selections which include:
THE MAYOR OF CASTRO STREET: The life and times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts
DE LOS OTROS: Intimacy and Homosexuality among Mexican men by Joseph Carrier
FROM HATE CRIMES TO HUMAN RIGHTS: A tribute to Matthew Shepard by Mary Swigonski
GRINGA: A Contradictory Girlhood by Melissa Hart