Pride and Proud to be Reading

June 12, 2018 | Katherine

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June is Pride Month, a time for the LGBTQ community and everyone to celebrate diversity, queer sensibilities and good summer times. In Toronto, it culminates in the Pride Parade, scheduled for Sunday, June 24, the 38th annual parade in Toronto and one of the largest in the world

Toronto Public Library staff are active participants in Pride and regularly march in the parade. We even wrap the Yorkville Library near Yonge and Bloor in the rainbow flag. Yorkville houses the library’s LGBT Collection.

Yorkville Library

 This year’s parade theme is a remembrance of those who lived and who are living with HIV / AIDS. It’s also a chance to honour those who took action to change medical, social and political circumstances. Awareness of AIDS and its devastation was still not recognized as a common cause among the general population in 1989. Now, thanks to the work of so many on so many fronts, HIV is no longer an automatic death sentence and Pride celebrations are part of Toronto’s mainstream. Discrimination and misunderstanding have not disappeared, but we’ve come a long way, maybe.

1989 Aids Action Now Pride Parade

Special Day: Gay Pride Day Celebrants Line Yonge Street, 1989

Because we love books and reading, and because part of our job is finding you things to read that are thoughtful, illuminating, artful, trenchant, serious, funny, entertaining and/or life changing, here are some recommendations. Download The 2018 LGBTQ+ BOOKS + eBOOKS (PDF) pamphlet, link to the TPL We Recommend list, or try the sampling of titles below.

TPL 2018 LGBTQ+ Books

Selected Picks:

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

by Trey Anthony

Famous Father Girl













 Famous Father Girl: a Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

by Jamie Bernstein


The Pox Lover














The Pox Lover: an Activist's Decade in New York and Paris

by Anne-Christine D'Adesky


Self-Made Woman














Self-Made Woman: a Memoir

by Denise Chanterelle DuBois

My Lady Lipstick












My Lady Lipstick

by Karin Kallmaker

L'Appart--the delights and disasters of making my Paris home














L' appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

by David Leibowitz

Poet in Spain













Poet in Spain

by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Sarah Arvio

Afterglow--a Dog Memoir














Afterglow: a Dog Memoir

by Eileen Myles

Midnighter and Apollo











 Midnighter and Apollo

by Steve Orlando

If You See Me Don't Say Hi













 If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

by Neel Patel

A Sinner in Mecca














A Sinner in Mecca: a Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance

by Parvez Sharma

The Lauras













The Lauras

by Sara Taylor