June is Pride Month. It’s important to celebrate the LQBTQ+ community. Here are some really accessible resources, including books, podcasts, poetry and Netflix documentaries to get stuck into and learn some more about what it’s like to be LGBTQ+.

Radio

Could this be the new soundtrack to your day? …… Launched on the 7th June, you can listen to Virgin Radio Pride UK, to include conversations that spark discussion around trans-rights, gay adoption, living with HIV and helping families understand LGBTQ+ issues. Follow these links to listen wherever you are:

• VIRGINRADIO.CO.UK/PRIDE
• VIRGIN RADIO APP
• DAB DIGITAL RADIO IN LONDON
• ASK YOUR ALEXA OR GOOGLE HOME DEVICE TO "PLAY VIRGIN RADIO PRIDE UK"

TV

• BBC IPlayer – LGBT+ Programmes- Gentleman Jack, A Very English Scandal
• Channel 4 – The Pride Collection - It’s a Sin, Our Baby A Modern Miracle.

Netflix

• Disclosure - about the representation of trans people in TV and film over the last 100 years.
• The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - Marsha P. Johnson was a historic figure in the LGBTQ+ community. She was an activist, transgender woman.
• A Secret Love - This film is about a lesbian couple who spent most of their life hiding their relationship from the world.

Books

• Life as a Unicorn – the astonishing tale of how a devout Muslim child became a scathingly funny drag queen and began to see both Islam and the world with fresh eyes.
• On the Red Hill – Where four lives fell into place  - A mesmerising entwining of queer love story, group biography, reflection on time and place and celebration of rural Wales. 

Podcasts

• What the Trans - A UK based news podcast for trans, non binary and allies.
• Queer as Fact - This podcast looks at queer history from around the world.

Film

• Tyler – (2020) A short film (15 mins) “Tyler is a hyper-intelligent 9-year-old boy, who has no shame on being himself. On an ordinary lunch, he talks about his new crush, causing an unexpected reaction on his older brother, Daniel.”
• Brokeback Mountain
• Rocketman

Poetry

• Spoken Poety by Sarah McCreedie 
• LGBT+ Pride Poetry

News

• The LGBT+ History you probably didn’t learn at School
• CBS News – Pride Month
• Pride Month: Reasons to be proud of the progress made in sport
• The Guardian - Welcome to Chechnya review – harrowing tales of the 'gay purge'

 

And finally, for when we can freely travel again - Pride 2021: Your guide to parades, parties and virtual events around the world

 

Written by Rose Norton, who works in the HR Team as the Organisational Development and Diversity Advisor at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.