It’s time to break out the rainbow flags and face paint, because Pride Month is here! For the month of June, LGBTQIA+ communities everywhere are celebrating the beauty and diversity of their identities. It’s also an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the challenges still faced by individuals in these communities. So if you’d like to dive deeper into your own social reality or educate yourself as an ally, check out the five remarkable books below this Pride Month.
The Family Outing: A Memoir
By Jessi Hempel
A striking and remarkable literary memoir about one family’s transformation, with almost all of them embracing their queer identities. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jessi Hempel, in the Next Big Idea App
The Identity Myth: Why We Need to Embrace Our Differences to Beat Inequality
By David Swift
A historian considers how the boundaries of identities are policed and how diverse versions of the same identity can be deployed to different ends. Ultimately, it is not that identities are simply more complex than they appear, but that there are more important commonalities. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author David Swift, in the Next Big Idea App
Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York
By Jeremiah Moss
This journey through lockdown New York offers an exhilarating, intimate look at a city returned to its rebellious spirit. It’s also an account of the author’s renewed sense of place as a transgender man, weaving together insights from psychoanalysis, literature, and queer theory. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jeremiah Moss, in the Next Big Idea App
How the Clinic Made Gender: The Medical History of a Transformative Idea
By Sandra Eder
A University of California, Berkeley professor explores the invention of gender in American medicine, detailing how it was shaped by mid-twentieth-century American notions of culture, personality, and social engineering. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sandra Eder, in the Next Big Idea App
How to Be an Ally: Actions You Can Take for a Stronger, Happier Workplace
By Melinda Briana Epler
Through the power of allyship, each of us can create an equitable, innovative workplace where everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Melinda Briana Epler, in the Next Big Idea App
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