Celebrating Pride Month

To celebrate June’s Pride Month, our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Team put together a list of personal recommendations that showcase the many lived experiences of LGBTQI+ people in America.

Pride Flags

via Maggie Geiger Johnson

While you may be used to seeing rainbow flags (not just in June but year-round), have you been seeing different variations of the rainbow flag and wondered what they mean? (I have!) This quick skim gives an overview of the 10 Different Pride Flags & What They Mean.

And if you’re looking to dig a bit deeper, check out one of these 8 Podcasts About LGBTQ History You’ll Learn a Lot From.

Pride Book Recommendations

via Jenny Waldmann

Below are three books by queer authors on my current TBR pile (“To Be Read” in book nerd lingo 😊) that I’m looking forward to:

  1. The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, by Audre Lorde, edited by Roxane Gay“Self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. This essential reader showcases her indelible contributions to intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies in twelve landmark essays and more than sixty poems—selected and introduced by one of our most powerful contemporary voices on race and gender, Roxane Gay.”
  2. ¡Hola Papi! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons, by John Paul Brammer“From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the ‘Chicano Carrie Bradshaw’ of his generation.”
  3. Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado“In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism… Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, [the book] swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.”

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (a Netflix stand-up comedy special)

via Jillian Getting

Netflix’s description of Nanette – “Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil” – woefully undersells what Hannah Gadsby achieves in this special. She uses the standard elements of comedy, creating tension and release, to move from more standard comedic fair to a climax that is all tension for the audience and no release. The audience is forced to confront its role in the contract with comedians and storytellers. What are we laughing at and why? And this is all done with autobiographical tales of homophobic and sexual violence. Funny, right?

I found Nanette to be extremely thought-provoking. I told everyone I knew to watch it so I could talk about it again and again. It’s still something I think about.

Upper Darby Pride presents Drag Queen Story Hour and Potluck 🏳️‍🌈

via Arlene D’Attilio

Join your friends at UD Pride for an early afternoon of fellowship & fun this LGBTQ+ Pride season on one of our township’s most historical grounds of significance! Bring a yoga mat/blanket, some snacks/food to share amongst your own groups, & an open mind :). We’ll also have a special guest drag queen read to the kids (& adults ^_^) in attendance. And hey, our event ends just in time for you to go hang out with our Lansdowne family for their Lansdowne Pride Walk later on that day (4pm)! (NOTE: Social distancing & general cleanliness will be stressed & encouraged during this event).

Bring a blanket.
Bring Some Snacks.
Bring your PRIDE!

Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Sellers Park, PA, 19082