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Books for Pride Month

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June is Pride Month across Canada, celebrating LGBTQ experience, history, and culture. Here are some books partaking in the same.
Queer Progress

Queer Progress

From Homophobia to Homonationalism
edition:Paperback

How did a social movement evolve from a small group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism? Tim McCaskell contextualizes his work in gay, queer, and AIDS activism in Toronto from 1974 to 2014 within the shift from the Keynesian welfare state of the 1970s to the neoliberal economy of the new millennium. A shift that saw sexuality —once tightly regulated by conservative institutions—become an economic driver …

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A Two-Spirit Journey

A Two-Spirit Journey

The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery.

"A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.

As a child, Chacaby learned spiritual and cultural traditions f …

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Any Other Way

Any Other Way

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : gay studies

The story of how Toronto came out as one of North America's leading hubs of queer activism and culture. Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals and community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism, not just in Canada but internat …

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The Unfinished Dollhouse

The Unfinished Dollhouse

A Memoir of Gender and Identity
edition:Paperback
tagged : motherhood, lgbt

No mother is prepared for the moment when a child comes out to her as a person whose physical gender is out-of-keeping with his emotional and psychological gender-identity. In Michelle Alfano's intimate memoir, she recounts her experience as the mother of a transgender child. The central metaphor of The Unfinished Dollhouse tells the story: on Frankie's fourth birthday, her parents Michelle and Rob purchased a kit to create a beautiful dollhouse. Michelle imagined building the home, buying the t …

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A Queer Love Story

A Queer Love Story

The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout
edited by Marilyn Schuster
foreword by Margaret Atwood
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

A Queer Love Story presents the first fifteen years of letters between Jane Rule – novelist and the first widely recognized “public lesbian” in North America – and Rick Bébout, journalist and editor with the Toronto-based Body Politic, an important incubator of LGBT thought and activism. Rule lived in a remote rural community on Galiano Island in British Columbia but wrote a column for the magazine. Bébout resided in and was devoted to Toronto’s gay village. At turns poignant, scinti …

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Walking Through Glass

Walking Through Glass

edition:Paperback

A good portion of Joanne Vannicola's life has been spent in the spotlight - but it didn't start that way. Walking Through Glass is the story of her journey out of the dark. The youngest of three sisters and one brother, she was raised in Montreal by a violent father and a stage mother obsessed with her. Joanne's earliest memories are of dance lessons, fabric and costume shops, and performances. There was to be no ordinary childhood for her, and at fourteen, she had had enough. She left home for …

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Love Is Love

Love Is Love

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle's family in Vancouver. Emmy has always been intimidated by her perfect cousin Paige and Paige's cool friends, so she is surprised to find that the coolest of them is transgender. Emmy is instantly attracted to Jude (who used to be Judy), and starts hang …

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Rough Patch

Rough Patch

edition:Paperback

A YA novel about Keira, a figure skater just entering high school who's intrigued about kissing both boys and girls.

In this compelling novel for young adults, Keira is a quirky but shy teen entering her first year of high school; she navigates her growing interest in kissing both girls and boys, while not alienating her BFF, boy-crazy Sita. As the two acclimate to their unfamiliar surroundings, they manage to find new lunchmates and make lists of the cutest boys in school. But Keira is caught "i …

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