Pride Celebrating diversity & community

Robin Stevenson, 1968-

Book - 2016

"This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what -- and why -- gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June"--Title page verso.

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[Victoria, British Columbia] : Orca Book Publishers 2016.
Physical Description
119 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Issued also in electronic formats
Includes bibliographical resources (pages 110-113) and index.
Main Author
Robin Stevenson, 1968- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Defining Pride as "a celebration of diversity, equality, and freedom," Canadian author Stevenson extrapolates from Gay Pride parades (usually held near the end of June) to offer international coverage of other LGBTQ events, activities, and issues. Beginning with a survey of Pride history and the seminal gay liberation movement, she continues with chapters examining Pride identity, celebrating Pride today, and Pride around the world. A theme that runs through this informative book is one of community, which brings together disparate peoples and groups throughout her nation of Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. A special feature of the book is the attention it brings to the condition of being intersex, an increasingly visible community that has been overlooked for too long. Vividly illustrated with color photographs of gay people and events, the book contains numerous sidebar features such as "Queer Facts," quotations, and "Proud Moments," including the author's own coming-out story. Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6–9—Stevenson's joyful celebration of self, community, existence, and activism examines Pride parades, how they came to be, and what they celebrate. This updated edition contains an added focus on necessary and continuing activism as well as the role of young people in the movement. The text chronicles a brief history of LGBTQ+ advocacy, major issues, differing political goals, and inequality within the movement. Chapters explore the rise of Queer Nation (an activist group founded in NYC), marriage equality, PFLAG, community and subgroups, coming out, and definitions of various acronyms and identities. As the title promises, the main focus is Pride parades, the politics of Pride, intersectional activism and considerations, symbols commonly seen at Pride, and alternative Pride marches and demonstrations. While primarily focused on North America, there is a chapter on Pride as a symbol of freedom and hope around the world as well as the social climates, ongoing struggles, and laws of many countries. The eye-catching layout features large, vibrant pictures from celebrations, parades, and marches all over the world. Pull-out quotes, smaller pictures on the sides, and text boxes with "Queer Facts" adorn the pages and help break up longer sections. VERDICT An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing.—Amanda MacGregor, Parkview Elementary School, Rosemount, MN Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what'and why'gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what—and why—gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June.