June is PRIDE MONTH and is dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) pride. We have compiled a list of books, movies, and YouTube videos that are appropriate for a variety of age groups. 

Pride Month

This month we are highlighting Visible Allyship! Making yourself a visible ally can be as simple as wearing a supportive button/wristband, displaying safe space icons/signage in private/public spaces, the use of digital logos in your Zoom background, or using pronouns in email signatures. Being an ally can also include: Educating yourself about LGBTQ topics. Modeling supportive behaviors, like the use of inclusive language. Apologizing when you inevitably misgender someone. Responding to anti LGBTQ behavior. Donating to local organizations that support LGBTQ students.

The Power of Visible Allyship From Twitter RebeKah @RebekahLove27

“One of the builders working in our offices has painted nails, nothing unusual in that of course. Except he’s the most terrifyingly cishet-looking white guy I’ve ever laid eyes on. He noticed my surprise at his nails &, in a beautiful Irish voice, explained that his daughter is trans & he wanted people to know he supported her & had asked her how best to do that. She told him to have conversations with people & that he just needed something to get these conversations started – they agreed him wearing nail varnish would do it. Not all heroes wear capes..”

What the Law Says

Why US schools are at the center of trans rights A civil rights battle with transgender kids caught in the middle.

Why LGBTQ rights hinge on the definition of “sex” | 2020 Election The US Civil Rights Act of 1964 originally protected against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion. It set off a 50-year legal battle over whether the law also protects LGBTQ Americans. UPDATE: In his first day in office, Joe Biden signed an Executive Order that adopts the latest Supreme Court ruling’s more expansive inclusion of LGBTQ rights under sex discrimination protections.

Amend: The Fight for America | Episode 5 | Netflix After decades of setbacks, the struggle for same-sex marriage equality culminates in an Ohio couple’s case taken up by the Supreme Court in 2015.

Documentaries, Movies and Shows

Queer Eye: Season 7 | Official Trailer | Netflix The Fab Five are back and these saints are marching in… to New Orleans! Watch as they transform the lives of seven deserving heroes who are ready to show up for themselves and for each other.

Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness | Can We Say Bye-bye To The Binary? | Netflix Episode 3  Jonathan Van Ness takes a deep personal dive into why systems of power are threatened by gender nonconformity with writer, performer, and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon.

All In My Family | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix In this deeply personal documentary, gay filmmaker Hao Wu faces the dilemma of introducing his partner and children to his traditional family in China

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix Gadsby created the stand-up show she named Nanette partly as a response to the public debate which took place in Australia before the law was changed to allow same-sex marriage

Milk | Trailer Based on the inspiring true story of the first openly gay man elected to major public office, this compelling film follows Milk’s powerful journey to inspire hope for equal rights during one of the least tolerant times in our nation’s history. R Rating

AJ and the Queen | Official Trailer | Netflix RuPaul stars in this outrageous series as a down-on-her-luck drag queen traveling across America in a RV with a tough-talking 10-year-old stowaway.

Pray Away | Official Trailer | Netflix Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, PRAY AWAY chronicles the “ex-gay” movement’s rise to power, its unscientific influence, and its legacy of profound harm.

A Brief History of the LGBTQ+ Acronym

  • Agender: Someone who identifies without gender or a specified gender
  • Aromantic: Someone who does not typically experience romantic attraction
  • Bigender: Someone who identifies as two, or more, genders.
  • Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to more than one gender.
  • Cisgender: Identifying with the gender you were assigned at birth.
  • Coming Out: The process those in the LGBTQ+ community go through to accept and openly share their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Demisexual: Someone who can only feel sexual attraction after developing an emotional connection.
  • Genderfluid: A person “whose gender identity and/or expression varies over time,” according to the It Gets Better Project.
  • Genderqueer: Someone whose gender identity falls outside the male or female binary.
  • Gender Identity: Gender identity is different than gender as it is “one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither,” according to the Human Rights Campaign. It is “how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.”
  • Graysexual: Someone who only occasionally experiences sexual attraction, and identifies within the space between sexual and asexual.
  • Lesbian: A woman who is attracted to other women.
  • LGBTQ: An acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, with the “Q” often meaning either “queer” or “questioning.”
  • Intersex: This is “an umbrella term” describing people born with reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or a chromosome pattern that can’t be classified as typically male or female.
  • Non-Binary: Someone whose gender is not male nor female or, is a blend of both.
  • Pangender: Someone who identifies with multiple genders.
  • Pansexual: Someone who is attracted to all people, regardless of sex or gender.
  • Polysexual: Someone who is attracted to multiple genders, but not all.
  • Sex: A label assigned by your doctor at birth based on your genitals.
  • Sexual Orientation: One’s attraction to men, women, or non-binary people.
  • Queer: This is “an adjective used by some people, particularly younger people, whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual.”