From puppies to poetry and from memoirs to the arts, B.C. readers can celebrate Pride

From Nicole Magas

It’s time to break out your rainbows and celebrate – pride is back! Whether you’re out there and proud, cheering as an ally on the sidelines, or living somewhere in between, Pride is the time to reaffirm the value and wonderful diversity of the LGBTQ2 + community.

As part of our celebration, we’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ2 + friendly books from BC publishers and authors, tailored for all ages and interests, so our readers can celebrate Pride with us.

For the kids

Explore topics of inclusion and diversity with these nuanced, kid-friendly books that will introduce kids to celebrating pride, gender diversity, and more.

3-5 years: Proud puppy! by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)

6-8 Years: Riley Can’t Stop Crying by Stéphanie Boulay (Orca Book Publishers)

Age 10: Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words Edited By Dr. Lindsay Herriot, Kate Fry (Orca Book Publishers)

9–12 Years: Pride: The Celebration and Fight of Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)

For the young adults

Delving into stories of struggle, acceptance, and resistance, these young adult titles cover some of the biggest problems LGBTQ2 + teenagers face today and provide the often much-needed reassurance that they are not alone.

Green Glass Ghosts by Rae Spoon (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Am I Safe Here ?: LGBTQ Teenagers and School Bullying by Donn Short (UBC Press)

Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance by Syan Rose (Arsenal Pulp Press)

For the essayists

Sometimes a deep dive into a short essay is required. Drawing on a range of topics and diverse voices, these essays examine the overlapping LGBTQ2 + experiences and provide crucial analysis and criticism of mainstream culture.

Radiant Voices: 21 Feminist Essays for Rising Up Inspired by EMMA Talks, compiled by Carla Bergman (TouchWood Editions)

Overcoming Boundaries: LGBTQ2 Authors on Coming Out and Into Canada edited by Lori Shywdky (Rebel Mountain Press)

A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, edited by Bruce Gillespie (TouchWood Editions)

For memoir lovers

Nothing beats a good life story to understand the nuances of different lived experiences. These memoirs reveal the sometimes difficult, sometimes triumphant journey of self-discovery within queer and transident identities.

Out of the Woods: Nature, Sexuality and Faith in the Woods by Luke Turner (Greystone Books)

This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Living as a Man by Lorimer Shenher (Greystone Books)

Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family by Jane Byers (Caitlin Press & Dagger Editions)

For the art audience

From theater to poetry to beautiful prose, LGBTQ2 + stories abound in art. Why not try one of these readings this month and immerse yourself in the beauty, glamor and pathos of LGBTQ2 + art?

How to Fail as a Pop Star by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)

it would never be good by jaye simpson (Nightwood Editions)

The Fifth: A Love (s) Story by MP Boisvert (Caitlin Press & Dagger Editions)

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