June Literary Holidays

Here are some interesting literary holidays to enjoy in June.

June is GLBT Book Month, which started as LGBT Book Month in the early 1990s. To quote the GLBT Book Month website: “[this is] a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

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Pride Month: Queer Cinema by Queer Directors

“There have never been lesbians or gay men in Hollywood. Only homosexuals.” With this final despairing statement, gay film historian and activist Vito Russo ends The Celluloid Closet, his landmark study of representations of LGBTQ people in film.

When Russo first published The Celluloid Closet in 1981, he could not imagine that over a decade later LGBTQ directors would make movies that depicted the complex and varied experiences of LGBTQ people with respect and pride, and that Hollywood would begin to finance and distribute these films. Nor could he foresee that 35 years later, Barry Jenkins, a black gay director, would win the Best Picture Academy Award for Moonlight, a sensitive, nuanced, and beautifully filmed story of a young gay black man’s coming of age.

Sadly, Russo died of AIDS-related complications in 1990 and did not live long enough to see the blossoming queer cinema that began to emerge shortly thereafter. In 2013, GLAAD created the Vito Russo Test in his honor. Mainstream Hollywood filmmakers still have a way to go in terms of positive portrayals of LGBTQIA characters, but queer filmmakers around the world have been producing excellent films that pass the Vito Russo Test and then some for decades. Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading “Pride Month: Queer Cinema by Queer Directors”

LGBTQ memoirs

~posted by Frank

It’s Gay Pride month, and it’s time to take a look at some forthcoming and recently released memoirs celebrating the richness and diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lives.

For a good laugh, check out Bad Kid by David Crabb as he recounts growing up goth and gay in Texas in the 80s, and Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver, a self-deprecating look at life as a single gay man in New York City. You can read about the personal and professional life of pioneering, caustic politician Barney Frank in Frank, and join George Hodgman as he cares for the mother who never accepted that her son is gay in BettyvilleStories of inspiration can be found in A Work in Progress by YouTube vlogger Connor Franta and in Coming Out to Play by professional soccer player Robbie Rogers. And discover the obstacles that Big Freedia, reality star and ambassador to Bounce music (New Orleans hip hop), faced in his eponymous memoir. Continue reading “LGBTQ memoirs”

Lust to love

If you’re looking for love (or lust!) this February, look no further than the library! And who knows? You may cross paths with the Perfectperson of your dreams as you reach for one of these sizzling reads.

The Super Bowl may be over, but you can still score in the game of love! Especially if you are single mother Tara Lincoln in Jaci Burton’s The Perfect Play. After a one-night stand with Mick, a pro football player, Tara vows to protect her heart from another rejection. Mick, however, is determined to win Tara’s heart. The Perfect Play is the first book of Burton’s Play by Play series. Continue reading “Lust to love”

Celebrate Pride with Two Seattle Films

June is GLBTQ Pride month. Seattle Pride Fest is coming up on June 27th. The Seattle Public Library’s own Bookineers will be marching once again, so look for us there.

Looking for other ways to celebrate Pride?

Here are two films with ties to Seattle.

Alice Wu designed software for Microsoft before she became a director. Saving Face is a romantic comedy about Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Chinese-American surgeon in New York, whose family keeps setting her up on dates with men. Wil is afraid to come out to her family, so she just keeps indulging them by attending Chinese socials, meeting eligible bachelors. Then she meets Vivian (Lynn Chen), a dancer who has embraced her sexuality. Wil’s situation gets complicated when her mother (Joan Chen) shows up in New York, pregnant at 48, cast out of her parent’s home. Wu’s winsome debut is a Continue reading “Celebrate Pride with Two Seattle Films”