Today, Illinois finally begins offering Civil Unions to gay couples. Personally, this is an issue I feel very strongly about. Both as a happily married person and as someone who believes everyone deserves equal treatment under the law, I am ecstatic that homosexual couples can now be joined legally by a judge in my adopted home state.
To celebrate this day and the start of Gay Pride Month all over the country, I want to offer you some reading options. Before I start however, I want to remind everyone out there that you don't have to be gay to read books by or about gay issues. It is no different than me reading a book by a male author, or a non-Jew reading Philip Roth. In fact, many of the authors I will list below are bestsellers in their own right and one particularly (David Leavitt) is one of my personal favorite authors.
So try one of the books I mention below or explore one of the resources I suggest, and help to celebrate the proliferation of equal rights. Better late than never.
Women and Children First is an awesome Chicago independent book store with a Lesbian slant,; however. I personally patronize both the store and the website.
Our fearless leader at the BPL RA desk, Kathy, used to work for another well regarded independent book store geared toward a gay audience, Unabridged Bookstore.
Finally, I want to highlight Berwyn's local gay rights organization, BUNGALO. Its members are HUGE BPL suporters both with their time and their money, and they have been supporting us for many, many years. Thank you.
I am a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. I train library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. I am the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). I am under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, am a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for my local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. Check out the side bar for links to the groups and organizations with which I am affiliated.