Monday, June 12, 2017

June Is LGBTQ Pride Month: Celebrate Diversity with a Great Read!

This is the final month for the Fine Print Blog, so this will be my last post. Thanks for reading!

June is LGBTQ pride month!  Read one of the following award winners or nominees:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli--Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow--A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past.

Second Avenue Caper by Joyce Brabner--A graphic novel of the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS.

The Gay Revolution: the Story for the Struggle... by Lillian Faderman--The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with members of the entire LGBT community.

Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary... by Joshua Gamson--The kinds of families we see today are different than they were even a decade ago, some fantastically so, as paths to parenthood have been rejiggered by technology, activism, and law.  

George by Alex Gino--Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

End of Eve by Ariel Gore--The author's life is turned upside down when her mentally ill mother reveals she is dying, and she moves from Portland to New Mexico to care for her.

Moon Over Tangier by Janice Law--In colonial Morocco, a painter navigates a conspiracy of forgery, corruption, and murder.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan--A shore side burial coordinator who lives in self-enforced exile as penance for a long-ago mistake and a performer with a floating circus face unexpected life changes and new opportunities in the wake of an offshore storm. 

Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North--An unapologetic filmmaker uses the stories of those around her to create movies that bring her both critical acclaim and ire from the people whose secrets she has exposed. 

Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an... by Amy Ellis Nutt--Presents the story of a politically conservative New England family whose son identified as a girl, Nicole, and how they overcame their confusion and fear to champion transgender rights and allow Nicole to be herself.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta--A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a love affair with another girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices.

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