LGBTQ Pride, Fiction & Comics

June is LGBTQ Pride Month! San Francisco Pride is happening this weekend, June 27-28th. San Jose's own Silicon Valley Pride is celebrating it's 40th anniversary and will be on August 30th.


San Jose's first lesbian and gay pride parade in 1974.

And here are some historical finds, fiction, and comics featuring LGBTQ figures and characters!

Cover of "Milk"Milk For those who aren't familiar, Harvey Milk, known as the Mayor of Castro Street, was the first openly gay politician to be elected into public office in the U.S. in 1977. You can check out the critically acclaimed movie based on his life, as well as checking out other materials about him, including a photograph of Harvey Milk with Mr. and Ms. Gay San Jose.

I'll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip, coverI'll get there. It better be worth the trip. This book is the first LGBT YA mainstream novel to have addressed homosexuality in a positive manner. This 40th anniversary edition contains three interesting essays about its place in history. A wonderful story about a young boy discovering his own sexuality. SJPL only has this title available electronically, but you can request a physical copy through Link+ here.

Sappho coverSappho An ancient Greek lyricist, Sappho's poetry centers on passion and love for various people and both sexes. Revered in her time, Plato even considered her "the tenth muse." The word lesbian derives from the name of the island of her birth, Lesbos, while her name is also the origin of the word, sapphic.

We also have many excellent electronic resources focusing on Pride this month! Explora highlights "Gay & Lesbian Rights" on their main page. And Biography in Context has "LGBT Figures" highlighted on the main page.

Fiction

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, coverFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe A lesbian classic, an engaging story of love and endearment focuses on Idgie and Ruth, two women running a southern cafe in 1920s. You may have seen the de-gayed movie version where they're just "best friends" but don't let that fool you.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, coverThe Miseducation of Cameron Post Recently orphaned Cameron is sent to live with her grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. She falls in love with her best friend, Coley, a beautiful bisexual cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

Parrotfish coverParrotfish Angela has never felt quite right as a girl, but it's a shock to everyone when she cuts her hair short, buys some men's clothes, and announces she'd like to be called by a new name, Grady. Although Grady is happy about his decision to finally be true to himself, everybody else is having trouble processing the news.

Luna coverLuna Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom at night and his sister's clothing and makeup, Liam transforms himself into Luna, the beautiful girl he longs to be. But are Liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?

For fictional ebooks, check out the Pride collection in Axis 360 ("LGBT Pride" found on left tab).

Graphic Novels and Comics

Cover of "Fun Home"Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic A bestselling graphic memoir that is currently a hit Broadway musical under the same name, penned and inked by Alsion Bechdel, author of the beloved series, Dykes to Watch Out For. A darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, who was a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

Cover if "Hellblazer"John Constantine, Hellblazer Constantine is a cynical, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, con-man and occult detective who protects humanity from black magic and demons. You might be familiar with the short lived TV series, but most viewers didn't know that Constantine was bisexual in the comics because he was changed to straight for the show.

Batwoman coverBatwoman Described as the highest-profile gay superhero to appear in stories published by DC, meet Kate Kane, a Marine who was dishonorably discharged due to Don't Ask Don't Tell after being confronted about her sexuality. With a military background, enough firepower to give the Batcave competition, occasionally teaming up with Wonder Woman, while dating Commissioner Maggie Sawyer; Batwoman is someone you don't want to miss or mess with.

Young Avengers coverYoung Avengers A team of super powered teens united to save the world, this comic series also focus on the relationship of a gay superhero couple, Wiccan and Hulkling. There is even a nice moment where the rest of the team discusses their own sexuality. While aliens and sorcerers do not walk among us, the characters in here feel very real and are very relatable.

Lumberjanes coverLumberjanes It's Adventure Time meets Buffy at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The girls all vary in race, gender expression, and energy level but are united in their love for adventure, mystery, and each other. There is also a cute romance going on between Molly and Mal. They are always looking out for one another, often hold hands, and can be spotted sneaking off to the same bunk together.

Kevin Keller coverKevin Keller : Welcome to Riverdale One of the nicest guys in school and president of his high school class, Kevin is the first openly gay character in the Archie comics. This collection features Kevin preparing for his first date while trying to organize the entire prom, and a international adventure in London.

Bonus: Helpful Stuff for Parents

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids coverThis Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids : A Question-and-Answer Guide to Everyday Life Do you think your kid might be gay? Has your child or teen recently come out to you? If so, pick up this book immediately. Written by the other dynamic duo, Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russ, creators of the advice hub Everyone Is Gay and The Parents Project resource site.

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