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One year later

Throughout the month of June, we’re celebrating Pride Month by highlighting articles and recommended books on queer lives and experiences. Click on the tag Pride 2017 to browse.

But today, on the one-year anniversary of the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre targeting queer people of color — a community already far, far too often victimized by violence — we invite you to read (or reread) Christopher Myers’s moving essay “Orlando.” (Our own Shoshana Flax also reflected on this tragedy and what it meant for her understanding of “Pride” in “Louder and prouder.”) We stand with the victims of this shooting and their loved ones in Orlando; the victims of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate crimes everywhere; and the LGBTQIA+ community at large.

In happy news, we were heartened to read about Philadelphia’s new Pride flag design, which adds brown and black stripes to the iconic rainbow as “an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community.”

Philadelphia’s new Pride flag by design company Tierney

And as actor and activist Dylan Marron tweeted, “Let’s remember the 49 people murdered a year ago in Orlando AND the countless victims of the misdirected Islamophobia that followed.” We applaud the work of Kitaab World and its “Countering Islamophobia through Stories” campaign; find additional book recommendations and resources in our post “Refugees welcome here.”

For more on this topic, click on the tags LGBTQIA+, Pride 2017, and Pride Month.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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