Read it Loud and Proud: 7 Books on Pride History

stack of pride history books

Since the beginning of the the LGBTQ+ movement in the 1970’s, Pride month has been celebrated in the stunning month of June. Parades, events, and other festivities are a way to honor LGBTQ+ voices and experiences as well as bring light to the struggles the community still faces.


Literature has become a dynamic vessel for the voices of this movement, and the best part is you can learn and show your support no matter where you are with a good book in your hand. If you want to learn more about the history of the Pride movement and show your support, these seven titles are an excellent way to learn and support those in the LGBTQ+ community. 


A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski book cover

A Queer History of the United States - Michael Bronski

Not only is this book dynamic and provocative, it is the winner of the Stonwall Book Award in nonfiction. A Queer History of the United States draws upon documents, literature, and cultural histories to radically challenge the way we see American history. Spanning from pre-1492 to present day America, this is a book you don’t want to miss.  


The LGBTQ+ History Book by DK books

The LGBTQ+ History Book - DK

LGBTQ+ history has had so many struggles, triumphs, and cultural contributions all around the world. This comprehensive history book documents some of the most important moments, movements and phenomena all the way from renaissance-age Italy, to modern times. Learn all the details on all of the major cultural milestones and the people behind each one. 


The ABC's of Queer History by Seema Yasmin book cover

The ABC’s of Queer History - Dr. Seema Yasmin

Get the whole family involved with this educational picture books your little ones will love. The ABC’s of Queer History guides you and your little one through each letter of the alphabet and how it can relate to queer history as well as important lessons about being compassionate to everyone you meet. With bright and lovely illustrations, this book can brighten up any bookshelf. 


The Boys of Boise by John Gerassi book cover

Boys of Boise - John G. Gerassi

Ever wondered about queer history that takes place right here in Boise, Idaho? Boys of Boise is written about a same-sex sexual scandal that hit the front pages of the Idaho Daily Statesman in 1955. The story was then picked up by Time Magazine. John G, Gerassi does an excellent job of depicting America’s traditional response to homosexuality. This book is so important because much of what Gerassi wrote about in 1965, when this book was published, still persists in modern day America. 


Gay Bars in Boise, Idaho by Dean Worbois book cover

Gay Bars in Boise, Idaho - Dean Worbois

You may think you know all about Boise gay bars, but this book is about so much more than finding a drink in a safe and accepting place. This book is also about a history of gay bars in the Boise area. Our author, Dean Worbois, guides the you through the queer bar scene from 1976 to modern day Boise and couples it with a personal narrative you can’t help but love. 


Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin book cover

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out - Jeremy Atherton Lin

Jeremy Atherton Lin has created a journey of stobing lights and euphoric crowds in this stunning book. It is at once, a history and exploration of these places of solidarity, activism, and sexual expression, as well as a discussion about the disappearance of these places in city centers all over the world. This is a story of the connection between place and identity and the lesser-known struggles to carve out new territories. 


Gender Rebels by Katherine Locke book cover

Gender Rebels: 30 Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Expansive Heros Past and Present - Katherine Locke

This is an excellent way to introduce your teen to the LGBTQ+ world. Sometimes, the best way to feel connected to LGBTQ+ history is to learn about some of the biggest pioneers in the movement, people that you recognize from your televisions, social media, and magazines. Explore histories of trans and nonbinary people throught the world and history with this gorgeously illustrated volume.


June is a great time to open up your mind and learn something new. If you're looking for some great literature to brighten up the beginning of summer, any of these titles are a great fit.