Pride Month

June is Pride month and is one of many days through the year celebrating diversity and inclusion.  As part of Pride Month (and all year long), we want to celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ creators and stories. 

Library Events

Online-Drag-Queen-BINGO

Online Drag Queen BINGO (Adult Only)

Let’s kick-off Pride Month with an evening of adult only virtual BINGO hosted by the sweet, salty and all together glamorous queen, Ella Lamoureux. 

  • Monday, June 6th from 6-8pm PDT

Register before Jun 6, 2022 at 10am.  Digital BINGO cards and the Teams meeting link will be emailed out after registration closes.

Rainbow-Unicorn

Inclusive Rainbow Story Time

Picture books featuring LGBTQ2+ people and families.  Celebrate being yourself and accepting others!  Presented by Vernon Library

  • Tuesday, June 7th 11:30-12:00pm PDT

Register to join

Library Resources

Try these subject headings, electronic resources, or check with reference staff for more materials:

  • Lesbians
  • Gays
  • Bisexuals
  • Homosexuality
  • Transgender people
  • Gender nonconformity

Learn about the history of Pride and the Gay Rights Movement from Britannica Libraries. 

Discover the historical journey of the Pride movement from a more local perspective through the BC Historical Newspapers collection.  Find articles from:

  • The Province - 1898 to 2010
  • The Vancouver Sun - 1912 to 2010
  • The Times-Colonist - 1884 to 2010.

Celebrate Queer culture with online magazines! We have OUT and The Advocate, Attitude Magazine, & Gay Times from our OverDrive Magazines collection. And from our PressReader collection, you can find a selection of LGBTQ magazines in several languages.

Need some happily-ever-after reading suggestions? Our fiction recommendation site, NoveList, has got you covered with romantic reads.

If you aren't so much for the romance, NoveList has suggestions for novels that feature LGBTQIA characters across a wide variety of genres and topics. 

Get some guidance on making your workspace a welcoming place for everyone, LinkedIn Learning for Libraries has video courses on Diversity & Inclusion.

Great Courses by Kanopy – Drawing from their incredible library of LGBTQ+ films, Kanopy has curated a collection for Pride Month. To view these films that cover everything from historical events to pioneers bravely taking a stand against injustice, visit go.kanopy.com/pride. #PrideMonth

Please connect with library staff if you encounter issues with accessing these online resources.

Booklists

Looking for something specific? Try the ORL’s What to Enjoy Next service.  Our library staff are excited to help you find your next favourite book, movie, or TV show. Tell us what you like, and we will create you a personalized suggestions list (up to 5 suggestions with in 5-7 days).

If you are interested in Kids or Teens titles?  Try their form.

Additional External Resources

  • Kelowna Pride Resources – This website is comprehensive and includes a local, closed Facebook group, a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for gender-nonconforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer, intersexed or questioning, or any other variation under the rainbow spectrum, people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan.
  • South Okanagan Similkameen Pride – The South Okanagan Similkameen Pride Society supports the regional LGBTQ2+communitythrough education advocacy and providing safe spaces and inclusive events for anyone.
  • UBC Okanagan Pride – The UBCO Pride Resource Centre (PRC) is a space on campus where LGBT and Ally students can come and talk about issues and challenges, they face on and off campus. The PRC is a paraprofessional service which does not supply medical (mental or physical) advice but can refer students to professional healthcare services on or off campus. Volunteers for the PRC provide a safe, confidential space for LGBT and Ally students through events and office hours where students can come, have fun, and discuss LGBT issues.
  • Kelowna Trans Resources – This is another comprehensive website of trans and on-binary resources, with a wealth of specific information on a wide range of issues, including medical referrals, clothing, skin, drop-in groups for transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and intersex people as well as for significant others, friends, and allies.
  • GLAAD Transgender FAQ – Learn more about transgender people and the issues important to them.
  • Trans Care BC – Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.
  • Families Love Each Other – Resources for families on how to talk about gender and sexual identities.  Helpful cards are available in multiple languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu).
  • History of Canadian Pride – QueerEvents supplies a brief timeline of notable events in the history of Pride in Canada. Queer history is expansive, and this is not, by any means, a comprehensive list.
  • Qmunity - BC's queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre out of Vancouver provides support through its youth, seniors & older adults, counselling, informational & referrals programming, and services, and helps connect folks through volunteer opportunities and peer support groups.
  • Qchat – A peer support line and resource database for LGBTQ2S youth in British Columbia, Canada.
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