2020 Pride Month

Every year, during the month of June, Pride month is celebrated with various events across the world. Normally it’s a month of parades, street parties, talks, festivals and educational sessions, and whilst this year will be slightly different – it won’t stop the celebrations!
This year might be different, but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!
Decorate your gardens, balconies or windows, play music and dance, video call your friends and throw a virtual party!

We were honoured to have had the fabulous MamaG read a special story, explaining these strange times to our young readers.
Sit down and enjoy as she reads Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler and published by Nosy Crow.

How will you celebrate Pride Month this year? Let us know in the comments below!

During this month long celebration of love, acceptance and understanding; why not try one of these LGBT+ themed titles. All of which can be found as eBooks through the BorrowBox app using your Hampshire Library card – many of which are also available as eAudiobooks.


I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

Rita Mae Brown

Call me by your name
by André Aciman

This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Lie with me
by Philippe Besson

Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe, a famous writer, chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back to Philippe’s teenage years, to a winter morning in 1984, a small French high school, and a carefully timed encounter between two seventeen-year-olds. 

Rubyfruit Jungle
by Rita Mae Brown

Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness. Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who refuses to be put in a box.


I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.

Stephen Chbosky

Queer
by William S. Burroughs

This title is an enigma. It is both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel. Set in Mexico City during the early 50s, the book follows William Lee’s hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene.

The Perks of being a Wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a shy and introspective boy, a wallflower always standing on the edge of the action. We learn about him through the letters he writes to someone of an undisclosed name, age and gender.

The Hours 
by Michael Cunningham

The Hours is the story of Richard, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother. His friend Clarissa, who strives to achieve a balanced life, also figures prominently in this story set during World War 2.

Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides

I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974.So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes of Mount Olympus and passed on through three generations.


The realisation of great mutual love can at times be so overwhelming a thing, that even the bravest of hearts may grow fearful.

Radclyffe Hall

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe 
by Fannie Flagg

As 80 year old Mrs Clea Threadgoode tells Evelyn Couch about her life, she escapes her nursing home & returns to Whistle Stop, Alabama in the thirties where the Whistle Stop Cafe provides good barbecue, good coffee, love & even an occasional murder.

George 
by Alex Gino

A bright, bold debut about a girl who happens to have been born a boy but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream, ‘George’ is a pertinent and poignant middle-grade read for kids of all backgrounds.

The Well of Loneliness 
by Radclyffe Hall

Based on her own life, ‘The Well of Loneliness’ tells the story of Sir Philip and Lady Gordon and their daughter. It becomes apparent that she is not like other girls, and falls in love with another woman.

A Single Man 
by Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood explores the character of a middle-aged Englishman living in California: a professor alienated from his students by differences in age and nationality and from the rest of society by his homosexuality.


Being gay has taught me tolerance, compassion and humility. It has shown me limitless possibilities of living. It has given me people whose passion and kindness and sensitivity have provided a constant source of strength.

Armistead Maupin

Tales of the City 
by Armistead Maupin

A young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, and outrageous.

The song of Achilles 
by Madeline Miller

This is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War – a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.

The house on Half Moon Street
by Alex Reeve

Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just 15 and has been living as Leo: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship – the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves – and about the kind of people they want to be.


Every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle.

Jeanette Winterson

The Color Purple 
by Alice Walker

This compelling and cherished classic tells the story of Celie. Raped by the man she calls father, her two children taken from her and forced into an ugly marriage, she has no one to talk to but God, until she meets a woman who offers love and support.

Tipping the Velvet 
by Sarah Waters

‘Tipping the Velvet’ is a wonderfully lush, sensous and bawdy novel set in the music halls of the late 19th century. Nan gets to meet her heroine, Kitty, a male impersonator. The two begin a double act, and their affection for each other deepens.

The Picture of Dorian Gray 
by Oscar Wilde

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit 
by Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At 16, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family for the young woman she loves.

Orlando
by Virginia Woolf

Modelled on her friend Vita Sackville-West’s personality, Virginia Woolf tells the story of Orlando, who chooses her own sexual identity as she lives through 3 centuries as both a man and a woman.


We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.

George Takei

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