June is Pride Month.
In many cities, month-long festivities celebrating the hard-won rights, contributions, and diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities culminate on Sunday, June 28 in a Pride Parade. (NOTE: The 2019 Chicago Pride Parade is June 30.)
This year, I will be back in San Francisco, where the legendary parade’s theme is “Equality Without Exception,” a phrase that speaks volumes about the achievements and struggles of this past year.
It’s also a powerful focal point for thinking and talking about books that deal with the lives and issues of LGBTQIA individuals.
How does a novel, poem, play, or essay address equality, sexuality, and gender? And what does that mean to us, the readers?