- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (April 19 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459809939
- ISBN-13: 978-1459809932
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community Paperback – Apr 19 2016
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"A fantastic achievement, a book that gives serious attention to often ignored groups within LGBT history...Stevenson’s account of the history of Pride is peppered with historical photos and documents, personal stories—including Stevenson’s own—“Queer Facts,” and highlights of the growing Pride movements around the globe, many of which all too often become background noise on global news stations...What makes this book suitable and relevant to young readers is the emphasis that Stevenson places on youth involvement in contemporary and historical celebrations and activism. A number of the personal accounts and quotes throughout the book are also from young people. This is an incredibly detailed account, considering the short page count, and Pride should be shelved in school libraries and classrooms alike as a more contemporary companion to Ken Setterington’s Branded by the Pink Triangle. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2016-01-08)
"LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work...Using Pride as a way to talk about LGBTQ gives the information a new slant...The appropriately rainbow-themed design features plentiful photographs, both black-and-white and color, in a lively design...This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope." (Kirkus Reviews 2016-02-01)
"Informative...Positively festive in its attitudes and outlook, this book more than lives up to the word celebrating in its subtitle." (Booklist 2016-03-01)
“Upbeat and matter-of-fact...I can see this book nestled between Canada Day and Thanksgiving in the celebrations section of the library, filling a gap...Solid non-fiction...As useful and appealing as this book will be to a general audience, there will be another group of readers seeking it out with more focus. Not every kid, even in this country, lives in a joyous climate of acceptance, and books are often a place where they find information and community. Much of this is provided in the form of individual vignettes. These stories, sad and happy, are where vulnerable preteen kids may see themselves." (Quill & Quire 2016-03-01)
"[Pride] does well to address the obstacles that the community has faced and puts names and faces to those who are the agents of change." (VOYA Magazine 2016-04-01)
“A visually appealing, quick, and thorough look at Pride parades and celebrations, how they came to be, and what they celebrate...An excellent and necessary addition for all collections.” (School Library Journal 2016-04-21)
"This timely, attractive and cheerful book will engage any student from middle school and beyond...Extremely well designed...The writing is clear and completely straightforward, addressing the intended reader honestly and without talking down at all. The writer portrays the LGBTQ community as normal and welcoming, powerful and inclusive, the way most Canadians, especially students, view it today. This book is a must-buy for all schools in Canada." (Resource Links 2016-04-01)
"Not only about celebration, but also protest and the future of acceptance. Colorful pictures with bold captions coupled with sidebars labeled as Queer Facts make this an eye-pleasing option for a broad audience and will lend itself to the conversation." (School Library Connection 2016-08-01)
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Pride – Celebrating Diversity and Community is a gorgeous, upbeat look at the history of LGBT rights and the traditions/celebrations associated with Pride events the world over. It starts pre-Stonewall, when organizations like the Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis were breaking ground [albeit on the down-low] and goes right up to current day, where the struggle continues (particularly in theocratic, non-Western nations) even while huge strides are continuously made. It reminds me very much of a book I purchased several years ago, when researching the history of the Harlem Renaissance - Harlem Stomp! – A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Lynn Carrick Hill. It has the same copious illustrations, colorful sidebars, inspiring and thought-provoking quotations, a helpful glossary of terms (and I’ll freely admit to finding the acronym LGBTTIQQ2SA more than a bit ludicrous in its zeal to be inclusive, but yeah, it’s in the glossary if you really need to know) and eye-catching photography all printed on high quality clay pages. Truly a visual feast.
The book is fairly informative, although don’t expect any hard-hitting reporting. This is a family friendly overview filled with gorgeous photography, personal stories (aka Proud Moments) and a general tone of positivity. I think the writing itself seems to be geared toward an “all ages” audience, using mostly simple language not much above an elementary school level. That might sound like a negative criticism, but actually it struck me in quite the opposite way. Stylistically, it brings to mind the sort of book one might find in a Junior High School library aimed squarely at a young audience who, hopefully, will read about the LGBT rights movement in the same spirit that me and my classmates read about civil rights or “women’s lib” back in the 1970’s, instead of being viewed as something taboo. I think could also be a great resource for gay or questioning kids at that age where peer pressure is at its worst and something that lets them know they aren't alone can be a lifesaver.
It gives me a tickle of pleasure to imagine a future (or present, possibly?) where those hard-fought quests for equal rights are ancient history, being studied by school children for whom nothing could seem more alien than persecution based on ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or gender identity.
It has great photography and good organization of information. There are a few repetitions but it doesn't take away from the narrative. The personal stories just add depth.