June is LGTBQIA2S+ Pride month, and we are honored to share a bit about why this month is so important, along with some educational and kid-focused topical books to read with your nanny charges.
LGTBQIA2S+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and the countless affirmative ways in which people identify.
According to the Library of Congress, Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall Riots were a tipping point for the queer Black liberation movement in the United States, and you can learn more about the extraordinary community leaders involved in the uprising by researching Marsha P. Johnson and Stormé DeLarverie. The last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, and LGTBQIA2S+ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the enormous, meaningful impact that LGBTQIA2S+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
You may notice your nanny kids approaching you with questions about pride month or all of the beautiful rainbows displayed in shop windows this month, so we wanted to share some great books that will help them understand the LGTBQIA2S+ movement in an age-appropriate manner. As with all conversations of great importance, we strongly recommend speaking with the parents ahead of time and making sure that you’re all on the same page with the tone and content of the intended conversation. Here are some of our favorite books for kids related to the amazing LGTBQIA2S+ community!
‘A Family Is a Family Is a Family’
‘When You Look Out the Window’
‘Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag’
‘From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea’
‘Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio’
‘Julián Is a Mermaid’
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