Highlighting LGBTQIA2S+ Pride Month and Juneteenth

Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for different causes. For June, we’d like to highlight Pride Month and Juneteenth.

National LGBTQ+ Pride Month takes place in June every year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising which happened on June 28th and is regarded as a major catalyst in the movement for gay rights in the United States. As this is a nationally recognized celebration, the library often puts up displays for Pride Month and is planning to do so again this year. 

Learn more about the history of Pride Month. 

Given the current climate of book challenges in the US right now, especially towards LGBTQ+ materials, we want to be prepared and united in the face of any challenges that come our way because of these displays. 

You may ask why put up these displays if we know there will be challenges? Because representation is important. People want to see themselves in the books that they read. Children especially want and need to see themselves and their families in the media they read and watch. Youth Services often discusses the importance of ‘windows and mirrors’ in youth literature. Mirrors so that children can see themselves, and windows so that they can see into the lives of people different from themselves. Reading stories from different perspectives and lifestyles helps people of all ages develop empathy and compassion!

Learn more about why We Need Diverse Books

Furthermore, we know that we have an active LGBTQIA2S+ community here in Delaware County, and our own local organization in Delaware Ohio Pride. We support this community by putting up displays of relevant library materials just like we do for other months celebrating various histories, cultures, and heritages.

If a patron approaches you with a concern about a Pride display or specific LGBTQIA2S+ material, you may use any of the above information as talking points. You are also encouraged to not engage in a conversation with them if you are not comfortable doing so. Some simple responses can be: 

  1. Thank you for your concern. This item is not for you, but can I help you find something that is?
  2. If you would like to discuss this more, you can contact our director, Bryan Howard, or deputy director, Molly Meyers LaBadie. (Make sure that all service desks have copies of their business cards.)

If they are adamant that an item be removed from the display or the library, you can give them our Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration form or a Suggestion/Concern Form. Located in the F: Drive, F:\Employee Forms\Request for Reconsideration of Library Material.pdf

Learn more about: 

2024 Book Challenges

2023 Book Challenges

ALA Challenge Support. 

Intellectual Freedom

LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

More resources including LGBT Aging

The Safe Zone Project

This month also marks Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the freedom of the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in Texas — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln had originally issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, is marked by celebrations, family gatherings, picnics, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Juneteenth is an occasion not just for celebration, but also for reflection and education, it is a day to recognize and honor the profound contributions of Black people to American history and culture.

You can celebrate Juneteenth at many events around Delaware County and Central Ohio, including:

You can find additional reading lists, films, and informational links on the Juneteenth closure notice page on our website.