Canadian writer Robin Stevenson is bridging the gap and bringing her two cents to the struggle for LGBTI rights by publishing a book about Pride Day for Children. The publication titled PRIDE: Celebrating Diversity and Community targets children between 14 and 16 years of age and will hopefully be in both USA and Canadian libraries by Spring 2016.
According to Robin, who is an out and proud lesbian, she hopes the book will be on shelves on shelves in many school libraries and help raise awareness of LGBTQIA history, rights and ongoing struggles as well as challenges. The book is currently on www.pridethebook.com; a site that also features most of the pictures that will be published in the hard copy.
Also featured in the book is a profile of Ugandan human rights activist Kasha Nabagesera among many others who have put their lives on the line to make a difference for gender and sexual minorities. Kasha, in her narrative, shares what pride means to her as an individual and why it has made a big difference in the Ugandan LGBTI community.
What Inspired Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community
According to author Robin, Pride day looks like a party—but it began with a riot. For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be?
And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it? This non-fiction book for kids and teens explores the history of Pride and the diversity of the community that celebrates it. Whether on a small Canadian island, in cosmopolitan cities like New York, London and Madrid, in the Peruvian rain forest, at the very first Pride events in Uganda or the recent and rapidly growing celebrations in Korea and Turkey, colorful photographs and personal stories show how Pride is celebrated- and how activists continue to fight for freedom and equality- all around the world.