Progress Pride flag painted on concrete barrier” by chris.rycroft is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Check out all the upcoming events you can enjoy at VA Pride. And in between events, you can educate and entertain yourself with these titles:

In The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History, Marc Stein weaves a myriad of sources together into a thorough portrayal of one of the most pivotal incidents in modern LGBTQIA+ history. On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided a gay bar as they’d done many times before–but they weren’t expecting that this time the patrons would fight back, and that the riot would spread into six days of protests through the neighborhood.

Are you ready for a LOT of information? Are you ready to step outside just the U.S. and learn about tons of different cultures? The three-volume Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) History offers historical facts galore from around the world.

Prefer your education in graphic novel form? Reynolds has you covered. The beautifully illustrated Queer: A Graphic History traces the development of LGBTQIA+ thought and philosophy, rather than just historical events. The illustrations are a great help in getting complex and sometimes abstract ideas across.

Finally, if you’re just in the mood for some romantic, science-fiction-tinged fun, One Last Stop is your (subway) ticket. August, lonely and new to NYC, develops a “subway crush” on hot leather-jacketed Jane. But she begins to wonder…how is Jane miraculously always on the same train, no matter when August boards? Why does everything about Jane seem oddly vintage? Is Jane literally “too good to be real?”

Reynolds Libraries have lots of other LGBTQIA+ titles, so come on in and ask a librarian to help you find some more great reads. And if you’re going to outdoor Pride events, don’t forget to hydrate!

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