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Celebrate Pride with AC Library

Written by Library in Library Blog on June 23, 2022

June is Pride Month!

June is LGBTQIA2+ Pride Month in Canada, and many other parts of the world. The modern LGBTQIA2+ rights movement in America got its start during the Stonewall riots in June 1969, where members of the gay community fought back against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York. In Canada, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, and in August, 1971 activists gathered in Toronto for Canada’s first gay liberation protest and march. In August 1, 1973 Vancouver had its earliest pride celebrations. In both Canada and America, Pride is celebrated through the month of August. In Vancouver the Pride Parade is typically held in August. The past two years the Vancouver Pride Society has held “decentralized” and online events due to the pandemic. This year, they will finally be hosting the event in-person on July 31, 2022, starting on Robson Street. For more information, check out their website.

AC Library is hosting an LGBTQIA2+ display for the month of June! Come to the Burnaby campus library to read these amazing titles, and check out our list below for more suggestions and other resources:

Image: Alexander College, June 23, 2022.


Title Author PermaLink Book Cover
Cease Lynette Loeppky Link
Fun Home Alison Bechdel Link
Blue is the Warmest Color Jul Maroh Link
Less Andrew Sean Greer Link
Call Me by Your Name André Aciman Link


Title Author PermaLink Book Cover
Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements JoAnne Myers Link
A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being Ellen D.B. Riggle, Sharon S. Rostosky Link
Introduction to Transgender Studies Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Thatcher Combs Link
Queer Mobilizations: Social Movement Activism and Canadian Public Policy Manon Tremblay Link
Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures George Haggerty Link

Additional Resources

History of Canadian Pride – timeline of important dates and events of LGBTQ history in Canada.

Davie Village – Information about Davie Village, Vancouver’s LGBTQ friendly neighborhood. Including information on businesses and events.

The Arquives – The largest independent LGBTQ archive in the world and one of the only LGBTQ archives in Canada with a national scope.

Qmunity – A non-profit organization based in Vancouver that works to create a sense of community for LGBTQ people and allies.

VPL Pride 2021 – A reading list from Vancouver Public Library staff of recommended reading for pride month.

AC’S LGBTQ Research Guide – A list of internal Library and external resources focusing on LGBTQ themes and authors.

Kanopy – An AC film database with a number films that touch on LGBTQ topics and stories. Many of the films can be found on the subject list, under “LGBT”.

NFB – An AC film database with a number films that touch on LGBTQ topics and stories. Many of the films can be found by searching for “sexual orientation” or “gender identity”.

Cover Image: GoToVan, Pride Parade 2019, August 5 2019, photograph, Flickr,

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