Note: This story originally ran in 2021 and is one of many written by DPPL staff recommending excellent LGBTQIAP+ reading recommendations. Find more HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Here at Des Plaines Public Library, we are happy to celebrate June as Pride Month!
Pride Month commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
In the early morning of June 28, 1969, Manhattan police tried to raid the Stonewall Inn and many of the patrons of the gay bar, including Trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, decided that enough was enough. Violence broke out between police and the growing crowd, leading to what we now view today to be one of the most important moments in the gay liberation movement.