Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Stevenson, Robin. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community. Canada: Orca Book Publishers, 2016.

A colorful Pride parade with a white child in a rainbow leotard standing tall. The title, PRIDE, is in big rainbow letters.

This middle-grade nonfiction book presents the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement and Pride Day in an accessible, interesting, and vibrant way. It highlights organizations, including the Mattachine Society, Daughters of Bilitis, Gay Liberation Front, ACT UP, and Queer Nation. It discusses persecution throughout history, including the Lavender Scare, the Stonewall Riots, and the sexism, racism, and transphobia within the movement itself. It also focuses on celebration, describing the progress that has been made with LGBTQ rights. Finally, it tells the story of the first Pride Day event and how this holiday has changed and grown across time and space.

Despite the careful attention to historical detail and glorious full-color photographs, I can’t recommend this book, as there are some serious missteps with regard to transgender identities. Sylvia Rivera is deadnamed and said to have been “born as a boy.” The incorrect word “transgendered” is used (it’s an adjective, not a verb; the correct word is “transgender”). The incorrect word “transwoman” is used (you wouldn’t say “blackman” or “autisticgirl”; you separate the adjective from the noun). If these mistakes are corrected for a second edition, this book would be outstanding.

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community was honored by the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award in 2017.

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