The Stonewall Riots Marked the Start of the Gay Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.

Pride Month is celebrated in June every year in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. (Photo credit: Grey Villet – The LIFE Picture Collection)

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and throughout the remainder of the school year, schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions across the country are recognizing and commemorating the experiences and impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had nationally and around the world.

Here in New York, many City schools have organized events, activities, and lessons to highlight what former President Bill Clinton once called, “the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done.”

In recognition and support of Pride Month, we have compiled the following list of books, websites, and activities that anyone, including students and teachers, can reference, study, read, and enjoy throughout June and year round. It is our hope that you will enjoy, learn, and gain inspiration from these outstanding works and historical resources.

If you have further book, event, and/or website suggestions, please leave a comment below!

There Are Many LGBTQ-Themed Events Held in NYC During Pride Month


Elementary Grades (K–5):

  • Julián is a Mermaid is a Great Book for Elementary School StudentsThe Adventures of Honey & Leon by Alan Cumming, art by Grant Shaffer
  • The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, art by Rajni Perera
  • Bunny Bear by Andrea J. Loney, art by Carmen Saldaña
  • From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom & Kai Yun Ching, art by Wai-Yant Li
  • The Gender Wheel: A Story about Bodies and Gender for Every Body by Maya Gonzalez
  • Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, art by Eda Kaban
  • Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, art by Steven Salerno
  • Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman
  • They She He Me, Free to Be! by Maya Gonzalez & Matthew SG
  • When You Look Out the Window by Gayle E. Pitman, art by Christopher Lyles
  • Who You Are: the kid’s guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee art by Naomi Bardoff


Middle Grades (6–8):

  • Hurricane Child is an Interesting Book for Middle SchoolersAlan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell
  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  • Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
  • Husky by Justin Sayre
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, art by Carey Pietsch
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  • One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
  • S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
  • The Prince & the Dressmaker (A Graphic Novel) by Jen Wang
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  • This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison levy
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag


High School Grades (9–12):

  • Running With Lions Deals with LGBTQ Issues in Student SportsThe 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
  • At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  • LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Cronn-Mills & Nelson
  • Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Running with Lions by Julian Winters
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Pride on Display During the Queens Pride Parade



  • The It Gets Better Project
    • Featuring inspirational videos from celebrities, EduGuides, and vlogs from users around the world, this site is a great resource for LGBTQ students and others who are looking for help, resources, or ways to get involved in support of LGBTQ rights.


  • Live Out Loud’s LGBT Youth Organizations page
    • This webpage contains resources for both students and teachers related to LGBTQ youth and creating safe schools, including links to hotlines, legal assistance, community outreach programs, and service providers.



  • The NYC Pride page
    • This colorful page provides visitors with a visual history of New York’s Pride events from the past five decades. In addition, users can find contextual information about key events in the gay civil rights movement, as well as an in-depth look at the events scheduled for Pride Week 2018 (6/23 – 6/30)


  • PBS’ “Stonewall Uprising” Show Page
    • “Stonewall Uprising” is a PBS documentary about the 1969 Stonewall riots that erupted in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, an event that became a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement. In addition to a video stream of the documentary, this site also features a timeline, film clips, and primary resources related to the film. 


  • The Trevor Project
    • Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award – winning short film “Trevor,” The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ teens, and their site includes a “lifeline” chat option, as well as links to programs, services and blogs.


Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Throughout June at Home or in School


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