Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, originating in the United States after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. It has since expanded into a global movement that recognizes those who face barriers every day due to a variety of conditions.

The Disability Pride flag was first designed by Ann Magill and has recently been refined by the Disabled Community to be more visually accommodating. Each element of the flag represents something different:

The Black Field represents mourning and rage; for those who are victims of Ableist violence, and also rebellion and protest.

The Five Colours represent the variety of needs and experiences (Invisible and undiagnosed disabilities, physical disabilities, neurodivergence, psychiatric disabilities, sensory disabilities).

The Parallel Stripes represent solidarity within the Disability Community and all its differences.

The Diagonal Band represents “Cutting across” barriers that separate disabled people; creativity and light cutting through the darkness.

The books listed below reflect just some of the many disabled experiences and/or call for greater disability justice and are amazing resources to help better understand those facing everyday challenges. Visit our online catalogue for a full list of recommended reads related to Disability Pride Month.

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Essays – Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong

A groundbreaking collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this very diverse community.

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Non-fiction/Memoir – What Doesn’t Kill You by Tessa Miller

A riveting and candid account of a young journalist’s awakening to a life of chronic illness, weaving together her personal story with reporting to shed light on how Americans live with long-term diagnoses today.

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General Fiction – Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

The new book by the bestselling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, is a moving tale of friendship, success and the costs of fame. Sadie and Sam bond over a shared love of videogame design only to find success isn’t always what it seems. There is great disability and chronic pain representation through Sam, whose foot is mangled in a car accident and eventually needs to be amputated.

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Young Adult Fiction – You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See

A beautiful YA story about Daisy, a violinist with cerebral palsy and Noah a cello prodigy with anxiety. The two fall in love while auditioning for Julliard only to have their relationship scrutinized by the press that sees Daisy as an inspiration because of her disability and Noah as a “saint” for seeing past it.

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Middle Grade – Fight + Flight by Jules Machias

A powerful middle grade book about two friends who undergo a traumatizing experience at school. The book has great disability and mental health representation for anxiety and panic attacks and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Content warning: Active shooter drill  in school

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Children – Sam’s Super Seats by Keah Brown; illustrated by Sharee Miller

A joyful picture book about a disabled girl with cerebral palsy who goes back-to-school shopping with her best friends, from #DisabledandCute creator and The Pretty One author, Keah Brown.

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Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Reading Recommendations

Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Reading Recommendations

June is both Pride and National Indigenous History Month and too often the unique history and culture of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer individuals are overlooked. Some recent standout volumes are listed below to help showcase the extremely talented voices and diverse experiences shared within their pages. For more recommendations check out the list curated by Library staff here or ask us in the branches for more ideas.

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Historical fiction – Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel

A powerful adult fiction debut that focuses on the life of a Two-Spirited daughter of an Algonquin woman and her White settler father as she comes to terms with her identity as both an outsider and an ‘other’ in early 17th century New France.

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Short stories – Buffalo Is the New Buffalo by Chelsea Vowel

A debut collection of eight short stories focusing on “Métis futurism”. These science fiction stories explore Indigenous existence and resistance through the specific lens of being queer and Métis. Tune in on June 21 for a virtual reading by the author.

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Poetry – Fireweed by Tunchai Redvers

A collection of poems that explore the rawness, trauma, and realities of adolescence compounded with the experience of being a young, Indigenous, and two-spirit intergenerational residential school survivor.

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Book cover of A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Memoir – A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

A deeply personal and emotional memoir that touches on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness. Intense, honest, and excessively quotable, these essays demonstrate over and over again the power of words to both devastate and console us.

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Young Adult/Graphic Novel – Surviving the City series writte by Tasha Spillett; illustrated by Natasha Donovan

A graphic novel series featuring Miikwan, an Anishinaabe teen and Dez, an Inninew teen as they navigate life in an urban city, their developing friendship and Dez’s Two-Spirit identity. Traditional ways of thinking are challenged as Dez’s friends and family learn how to best support them.

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Young Adult Fiction – The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson

A wonderful debut YA novel featuring Lou, a demi/asexual Métis girl living on the Canadian prairies. Ferguson masterfully balances the light with the dark as Lou struggles with generational trauma, family secrets and her sexuality over a summer working with her friends at the family creamery.

Content Warning: violence against Indigenous women, rape, racism

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Book cover of 47,000 Beads by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha

Picture Fiction – 47,000 Beads by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha; illustrated by Holly McGillis

Peyton, a young Lakota loves to dance, especially at Powwow, and learns to embrace her Two-Spirit identity with the help of a nonbinary friend and other members of their community.

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Top Picks for Pride Month

Top Picks for Pride Month

In honor of Pride month, we’ve selected some standout LGBTQIA2S+ books representing a wide cross section of queer experiences. There’s something to appeal to all audiences and tastes from memoir to romance to edge of your seat thriller and everything in between. Feel free to browse the catalogue or ask your local branch staff for more recommendations.

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General fiction – The Guncle by Steven Rowley

A favorite from last summer, this is a heartwarming and hilarious story about a washed up gay television actor hiding out in Palm Springs who becomes guardian for his niece and nephew in the face of a family tragedy. Full of humor, healing and the power of family to help overcome grief.

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Romance – The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

A fun and flirty fake dating summer romance featuring Joy, a Black, asexual main character. The perfect beach read with important conversations about asexuality and what being on the ACE spectrum is like. Highly recommended!

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Mystery/Thriller – Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

An unputdownable story about two fathers who come together when their gay sons are brutally murdered. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how things are going to play out!

Content warning: some scenes of graphic violence

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Non-Fiction/Memoir – Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox (Canadian Author)

This is a beautifully written must read story about one Canadian family’s experience as two of their members ‘come out’ as trans. Told from Amanda’s perspective, she shares how both her daughter and partner transitioned to their true gender identities.

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YA/Graphic Novel – The Girl From the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

A tender, queer coming of age graphic novel about finding the courage to be your authentic self and not being afraid to share who you are with your friends and family. Perfect for fans of the Heartstopper series & Netflix show.

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Middle Grade – Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar

A powerfully moving middle grade story about Obie, a transgender, biracial Korean American boy who just wants to swim. The book tackles important topics like bullying, transphobia, self-acceptance and the complexities of being a transgender athlete.

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Children – Pride Puppy by Robin Stevenson (Canadian Author)

This alphabet book is Canadian, colorful, full of diversity and has lots of FUN and REAL moments! The perfect book to start important conversations with young children.

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