#YearofYA Celebrates PRIDE in July

Yep. We’re a month late… but let’s just look at it like we’re keeping the party going 🙂

You’ve probably seen many, many, many Pride posts pop up on your social media screens over the month of June. Reflecting on a month that’s typically about celebrating love and equal rights, we saw the most horrific mass crime since 9/11 on American soil. 49 lives hatefully taken, assumably because of how and who they love. Less than a year after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. If there’s not a better time to grow more empathy, become an Ally… I don’t know what is.

Reading can be transformative. I was fortunate to have friends growing up who are LGBT+, so their stories are the catalyst for why I believe in equal rights, but sometimes a fictional story can help those who don’t have personal connections. Over the last several years, many LGBT+ books have hit the YA/MG market, especially with the push for #WNDB movement. Below are several places to find titles that fit our theme — both with LGBT characters, and/or authors.


Mollee Recommends:                                            Tavia Recommends:

George by Alex Gino                             Dante & Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe 

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart           Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Follow on Twitter: @TheGayYA              Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chomsky


Lauren (@lpdeal) recommends

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan >> Lauren is missing out 2 months so we wanted to get her a platform to pitch in! 🙂

BJ (@bjneary) recommends

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman – it is a MUST READ!!! Heartbreaking and powerful – here is my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/443016922

Additional Sources




Epic Reads

The Guardian


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