Although Pride might look a little bit different this year, virtual events mean that no matter where you live, everyone has a Passport to Pride. And you are invited to stamp that passport at as many of our Pride events as you like throughout the month of June.
Given the traumatic events of the past few weeks, rooted in centuries of systemic racism and violence against Black Americans, we remember that the fight for LGBTQ+ equity is inextricable from the fight for Black lives. In fact, Black trans women and queer people of color (like Marsha P. Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera to name a few; see also: any of these books about Stonewall) are the reason we have Pride today. So below you will also find events specifically dedicated to supporting antiracism and the #BlackLivesMatter movement—these are equally essential and relevant to Pride 2020. Please check back in throughout the month—we’ll be updating this page as more events are announced!
In addition to supporting our LGBTQ+ authors and employees all year long, the PRH LGBTQ+ Network is proud to be donating 1,000 LGBTQ+ books to the Literacy Partners’s Books of Their Own program. The program provides home libraries to low-income and immigrant New York City families, featuring children’s, middle grade, and young adult books.
RESOURCES AND CONTENT:
- Spend the month reading stories by LGBTQ+ authors—every book on this list is 20% off on PRH.com for the month of June with the code READPRIDE.
- Additionally, if you shopped with us on Juneteenth (6/19), 100% of PRH.com net proceeds from that day are being donated to a fund to support Black-owned bookstores. And for the remainder of July and August, we’ll be donating 15% of PRH.com net proceeds to the same fund.
- Check out this list of anti-racist books and resources for adults and kids.
- Follow @PenguinRandomHouse on Instagram for Pride reading recommendations and author videos throughout the month. PLUS we’re hosting Instagram Live chats featuring conversations between some of our favorite authors and bookstagrammers, including:
- Follow @Afropunk on Instagram to keep up with the Afropunk x Penguin Random House Rock N’ Read Book Club—they are hosting a weekly Instagram Live series every Wednesday at 5pm ET, featuring authors like Daymond John, R. Eric Thomas, Mikki Kendall, Brit Bennett, Ayana Mathis, and more! You can find past interview on their IGTV.
- Listen to free excerpts from LGBTQ+ audiobooks EVERY DAY during the month of June on @PRH Audio’s Instagram or Twitter
- Enjoy this Brightly Storytime video reading of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag with your kids
- Check out both the Pride and Diverse Perspectives collections on our audiobook app, Volumes.
- Subscribe to the We Are YA podcast by Penguin Teen, whose current season features the authors of the Pocket Change Collective:
- Subscribe to the Books Connect Us podcast to catch these special Pride episodes:
- For parents: A parent’s guide to gender and sexuality, excerpted from What’s My Teenager Thinking? by Taneth Carey
- For teens: An excerpt on gender fluidity, LGBTQ rights, and intersectionality, from Feminism Is… with a foreword by Roxane Gay
WAYS TO SUPPORT:
- Donate to a Black trans organization (thank you to the PRH LGBTQ Network for the suggestions), such as: Black Visions Collective, The Okra Project: Nina Pop/Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, For the Gworls: Medical and Rent Assistance Fund, or the Atlanta Homeless Black Trans Women Fund
- Support our friends in the LGBTQ+ bookstagram community, who are raising money for Lambda Literary AND the LGBTQ Freedom Fund this month through their #BookstaPride campaign. Donate here to be entered to win a $25 gift card to an LGBTQ-owned independent bookstore.
- Show your Pride with Book Nerd merch. Out of Print is donating 10% of all Book Nerd sales to Lambda Literary for the month of June! Additionally, 100% of sales on 6/2 were donated to Black Lives Matter.
- Pay It Forward with Fairest by Meredith Talusan! Purchase copies of FAIREST from participating independent bookstores and they will be sent to queer and trans people of color who currently can’t afford it.
- Support an LGBTQ-owned independent bookstore, such as: Charis Books & More, Loyalty Bookstores, A Room of One’s Own, or Moon Palace Books or a Black-owned independent bookstore, such as: The Lit Bar, Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, or Mahogany Books.
- Monday 6/1: Meredith Talusan, author of Fairest, with Matt Ortile, hosted by Books Are Magic (7 pm ET, Zoom)
- Tuesday 6/2: Launch event for The Pocket Change Collective, including The New Queer Conscience and Beyond the Gender Binary, featuring authors Kimberly Drew, Alok Vaid-Menon, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Adam Eli (7pm ET, Youtube Live)
- Wednesday 6/3: Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers, with Laura Bogart, hosted by Paragraph: Workspace for Writers (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Thursday 6/4: #KidLit Rally for Black Lives, featuring authors Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Christopher Myers, Derrick Barnes, Samantha Berger, Linda Sue Park, Renée Watson, and more, hosted by The Brown Bookshelf (7pm ET, Facebook)
- Thursday 6/4: Social Justice Power Hour featuring Meredith Talusan, hosted by the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice (7pm ET, Facebook)
- Thursday 6/4: One World Ideas x Action Presents #BlackLivesMatter’s Alicia Garza and One World’s Chris Jackson (8pm ET, Zoom + YouTube Live)
- Thursday 6/4: Meredith Talusan with Jennifer Finney Boylan, hosted by The Booksmith (9pm ET, Facebook)
- Saturday 6/6: Meredith Talusan with and Zaina Arafat, hosted by First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum (7:30pm ET, Zoom)
- Tuesday 6/9 and Wednesday 6/10: Watch Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD, author of Biased, and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be An Antiracist, on a panel of experts for Oprah Winfrey’s two-part special, “Where Do We Go From Here?” (OWN, TLC, Discovery)
- Thursday 6/11: One World Ideas x Action: Wes Moore, author of Five Days, in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Thursday 6/11: Meredith Talusan with Amber Tamblyn, hosted by Skylight Books (9pm ET, Zoom)
- Friday 6/12: Random House Virtual Events: Happy Hour with John deBary, author of Drink What You Want (5pm ET, Instagram Live)
- Monday 6/15: Ilana Masad Virtual Author Talk: Queer Novel Mini-Series, hosted by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center (7pm ET, Facebook)
- Monday 6/15: Memoir Monday featuring Meredith Talusan and more! (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Tuesday 6/16: Random House Big Ideas Night Presents Pride! Featuring Arlan Hamilton, Alicia Garza, John deBary, Nico Tortorella, R. Eric Thomas, and Jesse Szewczyk (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Tuesday 6/16: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby and How to Be An Antiracist, in conversation with Ashley Lukashevsky, hosted by Politics & Prose (7pm ET, Crowdcast)
- Wednesday 6/17: “Parenting in Support of Black Lives: How to Build a Just Future for Kids (and How Media Can Help)” featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi with Julie Lythcott-Haims, and Allison Briscoe-Smith, hosted by Common Sense Media (3pm ET, Livestream)
- Wednesday 6/17: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, hosted by Mahogany Books (7pm ET, Crowdcast)
- Wednesday 6/17: Meredith Talusan in conversation with Jennifer Finney Boylan, hosted by Booksmith and The Bindery (9pm ET, Facebook Live)
- Thursday 6/18: “Parenting in Support of Black Lives,” featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Derecka Purnell, hosted by The Commonweath Club (1pm ET, Livestream)
- Thursday 6/18: Haymarket Live Series: “Raising Antiracist Kids: Empowering the Next Generation of Changemakers” featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Derecka Purnell, hosted by Labyrinth Books (5pm ET, Livestream)
- Thursday 6/18: Random House Virtual Events: One World Ideas x Action presents Valarie Kaur, author of See No Stranger, in conversation with One World editor-in-chief Chris Jackson (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Friday 6/19: Trans/nb authors Meredith Talusan, ALOK, Vivek Shraya, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Cyrus Grace Dunham, and Toni D. Newman support Adobe Books (4pm ET, Zoom)
- Friday 6/19: The National Book Festival Presents: Race in America, featuring Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Red at the Bone, and Jason Reynolds, hosted by the Library of Congress (4pm ET, (Facebook or Youtube)
- Friday 6/19: “Virtual Dinner Party with Ibram X. Kendi,” hosted by Busboys & Poets (6pm ET, Zoom)
- Monday 6/22: NCTE Presents: A conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby (4pm ET, Livestream)
- Tuesday 6/23: Jasmine Guillory, author of Party of Two, in conversation with Austin Channing Brown, author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (8pm ET, Instagram Live)
- Tuesday 6/23: Meredith Talusan in conversation with Téa Obreht, hosted by Women & Children First (8pm ET, Crowdcast)
- Wednesday 6/24: Random House Children’s Books x Drag Queen Story Hour Presents: A Celebration of LGBTQIA+ in YA featuring Camryn Garrett, David Levithan, Rory Power, Nic Stone, & Ashley Woodfolk, hosted by Little Shop of Stories (7pm ET, Facebook Live)
- Wednesday 6/24: Random House Big Ideas Night Presents: Black Activism, featuring Blair Imani, author of Making Our Way Home, and Jamia Wilson, author of Road Map for Revolutionaries, with Glory Edim, author of Well-Read Black Girl (8pm ET, Zoom)
- Wednesday 6/24: Meredith Talusan in conversation with Cyrus Dunham, hosted by Lambda Literary (8pm ET, Crowdcast)
- Friday 6/26: Random House Children’s Books x Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Mossy Stone, hosted by DQSH chapter bookstore partner, Indy Reads Books (3pm ET, Instagram Live)
- Sunday 6/28: Random House Children’s Books x Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Artemisia VanHo reading Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, A Is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z, and I Look Up To… Michelle Obama, hosted by DQSH chapter bookstore partner, Lit on Fire (2pm ET, Facebook Live)
- Monday, 6/29: Penguin Presents: Steven Rowley, author of The Editor, in conversation with Camille Perri, author of When Katie Met Cassidy (7pm ET, Instagram Live)