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June is Pride month! This is a great opportunity to celebrate all types of love, sexual orientations and gender identities. There are many ways to celebrate Pride month, but we encourage you to not let it end in June---let’s honor it all year-round. Expanding the types of books you read and movies you watch is a great way to learn more about and extend your celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
Pride Book List
If you are looking for something to read this summer, check out one of these books on The Ultimate LGBTQIA+ Pride Book List from Penguin Random House. One of my favorites on this list is Glennon Doyle’s, Untamed.
Wait! Before heading over Amazon to purchase these, I would encourage you to check out local bookstores including The Book Nook in Papillion or The BookWorm. You could also check out this LGBTQIA2S+-owned online bookstore- River Dog Book Company.
Pride Books for Kids
For those with young children in your lives, there are lots of great resources. Here are some of my family’s favorites:
- Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer (age range 9 months - 3 years)- This fun book celebrates what truly makes a family... LOVE! Your kiddos will love the cute pictures.
- Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman (age range 2-4 years) - This super cute rhyming book celebrates a family with two moms.
- The Family Book by Todd Parr (age range 2-4 years) - My kids love Todd Parr, his books are engaging, have great illustrations and a great message of celebration and inclusion.
- Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders (ages 5-8 years) - This was a great story to read with my children. It was a great conversation starter and provided the beautiful history behind the Pride flag.
Pride Movies For You
Movies are another great way to celebrate Pride month. Here is a great list of movies to get you started! A few of my favorites include Dallas Buyers Club, Milk, and the documentary, Disclosure.
Pride Movies for Kids
Disney + released its first animated short film featuring a gay lead character in 2020 called Out. It is 12 minutes and has a great ending showing love and acceptance. It is rated PG, and my 3-8-year-olds watched and enjoyed it.
You can watch this super-sweet and short 4-minute film called In a Heartbeat on YouTube. It was produced in 2017 by Ringling College of Art and Design. It has such a cute story and I think all kids would love it.
There are several other feature films or TV shows that feature LGBTQIA+ characters. Common Sense Media says they are best for ages 13+. Titles include: Bend it like Beckham, Love, Simon, Diary of a Future President and The Fosters.
While learning about Pride and the LGBTQIA+ via books and movies will help you to celebrate this community all year, you can also attend events. One of the largest in the Omaha metro area is Heartland Pride. This organization's parade and festival are amazing and a perfect way to physically celebrate. This year, activities will be happening on July 9 and July 10. Nebraska Methodist College is a sponsor and will be walking in the parade and have a booth, so come out and see us and celebrate Pride!