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The Celebration and the Struggle
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 168
Themes: gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, diversity, gay rights, Stonewall, queer history, Pride parades, discrimination, PFLAG, equality
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 24/Mar/2020
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? “An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Like the original version, this new edition of Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle celebrates the LGBTQ+ community's diversity and the incredible victories of the past 50 years—but it also has a larger focus on activism, the need to keep fighting for equality and freedom around the world and the important role that young people are playing. The new edition has been updated and expanded to include many new Proud Moments and Queer Facts as well as a profile of LGBTQ+ refugees from Indonesia, a story about a Pride celebration in a refugee camp in Kenya and profiles of young activists, including teens from a Gender and Sexuality Alliance organizing Pride in Inuvik and a trans girl from Vancouver fighting for inclusion and support in schools. There is also a section on being an ally, a profile of a family with two gay dads (one of them trans) and much, much more!

Praise for the first edition, Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

“LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work...This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Informative...Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle.”—Booklist

“Upbeat and matter-of-fact...These stories, sad and happy, are where vulnerable preteen kids may see themselves.”—Quill & Quire

“An excellent and necessary addition for all collections.”—School Library Journal

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“If your school or library already has Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community, that’s fantastic, but I would strongly recommend getting the revised and expanded edition so the young people in your life are as enlightened and invigorated as possible, to make a better future for all. Highly Recommended.”
School Library Journal, starred review
★ “An indispensable and celebratory primer on the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. An excellent resource that is as thorough as it is visually appealing.”

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