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Celebrating Pride: Queer Resources at PCC Library

Celebrating Pride: Queer Resources at PCC Library

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride) is celebrated every June. Want to know more about the history of Pride? This Library of Congress website provides information and historical resources, including a video with documentary footage of the first Pride march in June 1970.

Whether you have questions about LGBTQ topics, are researching the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, are looking for information and support, or are interested in reading fiction and memoir by LGBTQ authors, the PCC library has resources for you. Check out some of the highlighted resources below.

And did you know that the PCC Queer Resource Centers virtual doors are open? You can connect with them for support, information, or just a safer space to hang out online.

Featured books and ebooks

Becoming a man: the story of a transition
A remarkable, deeply moving memoir of one man’s gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America.

Bodies and barriers: Queer activists on health
LGBT people pervasively experience health disparities. Bodies and barriers informs readers about these challenges, providing insights and a road map for action that could improve queer health.

Eating fire: My life as a lesbian avenger
Streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir.

Gender and sexual diversity in U.S. higher education: Contexts and opportunities for LGBTQ college students
Reflections and essays on the LGBTQ experience in the college classroom and social life.

LGBTQ In the 21st Century
A collection of essays and studies on all aspects of LGBTQ life in the United States today.

Ordinary girls: A memoir
Jaquira Díaz writes an unflinching account of growing up as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart.

Out in time: The public lives of gay men from stonewall to the queer generation
Examines the life experiences and sexual identity development of three generations of gay men.

A fascinating collective memoir of the lives and experiences of transgender people, in their own voices.

Featured evideos

Stonewall uprising
Explores the dramatic 1969 events that launched a worldwide gay civil rights movement.

The strange history of don’t ask don’t tell
Suspenseful, deeply engaging and heart-wrenching, illustrates the tumultuous evolution of a controversial policy which fostered hate and intolerance within the military.

A revealing look inside the exciting, emotional competition that is the world’s most prestigious transgender beauty pageant.

Versatile: stories from inside the closet of a half black gay man
A journey through intersectionality, told through onstage scenes and poetry.

What are you?
An intimate portrait of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender non-conforming, and transgender in the Pacific Northwest.

Featured databases

Gender Studies
This collection of more than 30 journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.

Focuses on how gender impacts diverse subject areas, resources include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, as well as NGO and government publications. Archival material from as early as 1970 provides a historical perspective on the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community, and changes in gender roles.

Local resources

Basic Rights Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon works to support and build equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender and queer Oregonians through education and policy change.

Northwest Gender Alliance
Public education, advocacy, and community building activites for the LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest.

Pride Northwest
Encouraging, celebrating, and showcasing the history and accomplishments of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communites in the Pacific Northwest.

Q Center
Building community and a safe space to gather for Portland’s LGBTQ community and allies. Virtual groups and activities ongoing.

Sexual and gender minority youth resource center (SMYRC)
Provides a safe, harassment-free space for queer and trans youth ages 13-23. Create art, play music, join in on open mic nights, and access services like counseling, school support, and much more.