Pride Month

Pride Month

On June 28th of 1969, Manhattan police officers raided the Stonewall Inn – a known gay bar – under a search warrant for the illegal sale of alcohol. At the time, homosexuality was considered a criminal offense, and it was illegal to wear fewer than three items of "gender-appropriate" clothing. (New York Penal Code 240.35, Subsection 4). While police were detaining patrons inside the establishment, a protest erupted outside that lasted until the early hours of the morning. The initial crowd dispersed in the morning, but a fresh crowd gathered to protest after word got out. That protest did not end for over a week. In 1970, Lee Brewster and the Queens Liberation Front worked together to help overturn these New York Laws. The first Gay Pride March was held on June 28, 1970 and brought around 5,000 marchers to New York city, but today millions of people around the world celebrate pride month as an opportunity to celebrate diverse identities and lobby for equal rights. On May 31, 2011, President Obama released a proclamation that declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. In this proclamation, he acknowledged LGBT Pride Month as a chance to "rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity" (Presidential Proclamation–Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month).To help celebrate pride month we have put together a list of books and movies for you to check out.



Oceans

National Oceans Month

“The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries by 2030.”

(Oceanic Global, https://oceanic.global/who-we-are/)

We are all tied in one way or another to our oceans, no matter where we’re from or where we live. The ocean maintains livelihoods for millions of people around the world. We need to create a balance, support life, and the livelihood that the ocean gives to us. The best way to do this is to research ways we can help individually and by doing our part, no matter how small. Here are links to books and movies we provide here at Rogers Public Library that not only showcase the beauty and mystery of the oceans but also educates us on ways we can preserve them.