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Pride: 50 Years of Activism

Events and Book Display to Honour and Celebrate Pride

June is known around the world as Pride month, and this year, the library is focusing on Pride, Trans activism, and LBGTQ+ authors.

To highlight the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, the library has planned a series of events and curated a book display to showcase Queer activism. “The displays and events for Pride at the library are inspired by the Library of Congress call number GV1749.5 (Gay & Lesbian Dance Parties), which captures the tone of Pride perfectly: a fun celebration but also a venue for political activism and protest against injustice,” said Michael Myers, library assistant, eLearning & Reserves.

On June 17, a Pride book display will be located on the first floor of the library. The books in this collection will place special importance on marginalized voices, including but not limited to Trans people, people of colour, nonbinary individuals, and radicalized voices. “Libraries are dedicated to their communities and it’s my goal to showcase the culture, history, struggles, excellence and love that makes the LGBTQ+ community vibrant and beautiful,” said Myers. View the collection we've put together for Pride 2019

In addition to the book display, the library is also hosting events on campus:

Pride, Activism, and Dance: Movie Night Extravaganza—Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Representation in the Queer Community: A talk by Pamela Dedman—Friday, June 14, 2019

Decolonizing Body Positivity: A talk by Bella Harris—Wednesday, June 26, 2019

For further details about these events, please visit the library’s Workshops and Events page.

Are we missing something? The LGBTQ+ community is diverse and intersectional and the library collection is always evolving to improve representation. If you'd like us to consider a new book title for inclusion in the library collection, please email us at library@uoguelph.ca.