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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. It began as a way to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and now is also a nation-wide celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. 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 memoirs by LGBTQ authors, the PCC library has resources for you. Check out some of the highlighted resources below.

And did you know about the PCC Queer Resource Centers? You can connect with them both in-person on all campuses or online via chat, for community, support, information, fun and educational events, or just for a space to hang out.

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.




Gender Queer: A Memoir
Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity–what it means and how to think about it–for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere




Miss Major Speaks: Conversations With a Black Trans Revolutionary
The future of Black, queer, and trans liberation explored by a legendary transgender elder and activist.




Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression
Illustrating a different concept on each spread, queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is an essential tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones’ identity.




Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure
The author takes readers on the hilarious, heartbreaking, and healing path he took to make it past trauma, confusion, hurt, and dubious fashion choices in order to become the man he was meant to be.

Featured streaming videos

Do Ask, Do Tell: The Linda Campbell Story
Set against the backdrop of the pivotal repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the film chronicles the evocative journey of Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, an Air Force veteran who grappled with hiding her true self during her service tenure.

Fractal: Stories Across the Gender Spectrum
Stories Across the Gender Spectrum is a collection of 4 Transgender and Gender Queer Documentary Shorts that explores the wide spectrum of experiences often left out of the traditional narrative.

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics
No Straight Lines’ tells the story of … pioneering cartoonists who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, and same-sex marriage, to themes of race, gender, and disability… Their work is funny, smart, and profound, and provides a unique, uncensored window into LGBTQ lives from the 1970s onward, beginning at a time in which there was no other genuine queer storytelling in popular culture.

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

Versatile: Stories From Inside the Closet of a Half Black Gay Man
A journey through intersectionality, told through onstage scenes and poetry.

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.