Celebrating Pride Month
The start of June is upon us which means the start of Pride month. After all, June is the month of pride. Why June you may ask? Well…
The History of Pride 🏳🌈🌈🏳🌈
Celebrating Pride month in June is to commemorate the Stonewall riots that happened on the 28th of June 1969. New York Police raided the Stonewall inn which was a prominent gay club in Greenwich Village in the early hours of the morning. As police turned violent, and a build up of social discrimination and continuous police harassment grew, the raid became a riot and a protest. Led by Marsha P. Johnson, it lasted for 6 days. It saw large media coverage and spilt out to the streets of Greenwich. This was the ‘catalyst for gay rights and activism in the United States and the world’ (Source)
Known as ‘Mother of Pride’, it was Brenda Howard who organised the first pride march to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This became America’s first ever Pride parade. It was not until the 1990s however that Pride Month became more popular (Source). Bill Clinton became the first President to acknowledge June as Pride Month.
Pride Month is not necessarily recognised internationally. However, it is increasingly becoming more recognised outside the United States.
Here at the Library, we love to celebrate Pride month, but we acknowledge that working towards equality is something that needs to happen all year round. We are working hard to promote and diversify our collections to be inclusive of all people, and to redress the imbalances we find in our collections to become more representative of everyone.
The Library has a wealth of books and articles on the subject. From the history of LGBTQ+ rights to current Legal information to keep you informed. Use LibrarySearch to find what you are looking for, or contact us for help with any of your research needs.
Here are some items available through the Library to get you started:
Same-sex, different politics: success and failure in the struggles over gay rights
Lgbt Activism and the Making of Europe A Rainbow Europe
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) and the criminal justice system
If you are an LGBTQ+ student you can join Edinburgh Napier’s LGBTQ+ Society or find out more about the student LGBTQ+ community on the Queer Napier site. Staff can join the University’s thriving LGBTQ+ Network or visit our web pages to learn more about becoming an ally.
More Resources here on the Blog
Check out our Diversity Bookshelves to see some of the books we have available.
Or read more articles on Pride, LGBT+ History Month and Alan Turin.
By Maya Green