In June we celebrate pride month. Pride month is to celebrate our right to be different and love freely. So, here are four LGBTQIA+ stories about being proud to be pride you should read.
LGBTQIA+ pride can be defined as the awareness of self-acceptance, dignity, and equality for LGBTQIA+ people as a social group. In that way, on the term LGBTQIA+, the L is for Lesbians, G for Gays, B for Bisexuals, and the T for Transgender people. While the Q is for Queer people, I for Intersexual people, and A for Asexual people.
Here are 4 LGBTQIA+ stories you should read.
LGBTQIA+ Pride Story #1: Sissy, A Coming-of-Gender Story
The book is a memoir written by Jacob Tobia, an American writer and LGBTQIA+ activist. The book educates about the spectrum of nonbinary identities. It follows Jacob’s process of gradual self-discovery, and his coming-out experiences.
This is an LGBTQIA+ pride story that embraces the struggles of living under a wrong gender label.
LGBTQIA+ Pride Story #2: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
This is an LGBTQIA+ pride young adult novel. The book follows the story of Simon, a 16 year-old not-openly gay boy. A boy who falls in love with another not-openly gay classmate. The story also follows Simon’s process of coming out after being blackmailed by another classmate.
The story encourages the LGBTQIA+ community to be proud of their sexual identity. It also encourages their families and friends to become support systems. This is a story to raise the awareness of pride for young members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It showcases hat love is love, no matter the gender or the age.
LGBTQIA+ Pride Story #3: Here For It Or, How to Save Your Soul in America
This is an LGBTQIA+ autobiography. The book was written by R. Eric Thomas, the senior staff writer at Elle. Through his essays, Eric shares his story as an outsider with humor and realism.
Eric’s story is an example of an LGBTQIA+ community member that had to struggle with racism homophobia, and from mental illnesses from being treated as an outsider since childhood.
LGBTQIA+ Pride Story #4: The Rules Do Not Apply
This is a real-life LGBTQIA+ memoir written by the journalist, Ariel Levy. In the book, she shares how she found reinvention and overcame the biggest loss in her life. It also shows how, at 38 years old, she discovered herself and that love doesn’t have a gender.
Ariel’s story embraces LGBTQIA+ pride by showing that rules and stereotypes don’t apply, to find happiness. She is a bisexual icon that reveals that it is never too late to discover yourself and be proud of who you are.
LGBTQIA+ pride is a big example for humanity to follow. It expresses not only union and empathy, but also that we all have the right to be different. So no matter how you label yourself, or who you live as, pride month is there to celebrate that we all are unique.