52 Books, Documentaries & Movies to Celebrate Pride Month

Michelle Jaeger, Content Marketing Manager, June 10, 2022

Pride Month is a time to celebrate the full spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) identities, while also paying tribute to the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for equality. Since its origins as a 1970 New York City Pride march that commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pride Month has grown into a worldwide event to celebrate self-affirmation, demand equality, and honor the impact of LGBTQ+ individuals on history and culture. 

It’s important to continue to broadcast the ongoing discrimination that LGBTQ+ individuals face in the workplace that keeps them from getting in the door for jobs, getting paid equally, and being promoted. There are 27 states that do not have any explicit statewide laws protecting people from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ+ workers earn about 90 cents for every dollar compared to the median wage for all U.S. workers — and LGBTQ+ people of color, transgender women and men, and nonbinary individuals earn even less. Nearly a quarter of LGBTQ+ Americans have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity when applying for jobs. And, while 5.1% of American women and 3.9% of men identify as LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ women hold only 1.2% of senior manager/director/VP/C-suite jobs and LGBTQ+ men hold only 2.6% of those positions.

Syndio is committed to providing solutions that solve workplace inequities so that every employee is hired, compensated, and promoted based on what they contribute, not their identity. To celebrate Pride Month, our team has curated a collection of memoirs, novels, documentaries, movies, and tv shows that share LGBTQ+ voices, experiences, stories, and perspectives. Take a look to find some to add to your summer reading and watch lists.

 

Nonfiction books

Good Boy My Life in Seven Dogs book coverGood Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs

by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Stonewall book coverStonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

By David Carter

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Me book coverMe

by  Elton John

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A Wild and Precious Life book coverA Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir

by Edie Windsor with Joshua Lyon

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And the Band Played On book coverAnd the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

by Randy Shilts

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Rainbow Warrior book coverRainbow Warrior:  My Life in Color

by Gilbert Baker

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We Are Everywhere book coverWe Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown

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There Will Be No Miracles Here book coverThere Will Be No Miracles Here

by Casey Gerald

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Fairest book coverFairest

by Meredith Talusan

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How We Fight for Our Lives book coverHow We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

by Saeed Jones

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Beautiful on the Outside book coverBeautiful on the Outside: A Memoir

by Adam Rippon

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Fiction

The Song of Achilles book coverThe Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

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The Color Purple book coverThe Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Giovanni's Room book coverGiovanni’s Room

by James  Baldwin

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I Am Not Myself These Days book coverI Am Not Myself These Days

Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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Written on the Body book coverWritten on the Body

by Jeanette Winterson

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The World of Normal Boys book coverThe World of Normal Boys: A Novel

by K.M Soehnlein

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Middlesex book coverMiddlesex

by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe book coverAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

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Annabel book coverAnnabel

by Kathleen Winter

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Tin Man book coverTin Man

By Sarah Winman

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Where We Go From Here book coverWhere We Go From Here

by Lucas Rochas, Translated by Larissa Helena

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Maurice book coverMaurice

by E.M. Forster

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue book coverThe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

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Poetry, essays & graphic novels

Sister Outsider book coverSister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

by Audre Lorde

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What the Night Numbered book coverWhat the Night Numbered

by Bradford Tice

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The Black Flamingo book coverThe Black Flamingo

by Dean Atta

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Gender Queer graphic novel coverGender Queer: A Memoir

by Maia Kobabe

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Documentaries

A Secret Love documentary posterA Secret Love

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

(A)sexual documentary poster(A)sexual

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Disclosure documentary posterDisclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson documentary posterThe Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Word is Out documentary posterWord is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

Watch on: Amazon

 

 

 

 

The Case Against 8 documentary posterThe Case Against 8

Watch on: HBO

 

 

 

 

Paris is Burning documentary posterParis is Burning

Watch on: HBO, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

 

Movies

Tangerine movie posterTangerine

Watch on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play

 

 

 

 

Saving Face movie posterSaving Face

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

C.R.A.Z.Y. movie posterC.R.A.Z.Y.

Watch on: Apple TV

 

 

 

 

But I'm a Cheerleader movie posterBut I’m a Cheerleader

Watch on: Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert movie posterThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play

 

 

 

 

Moonlight movie posterMoonlight

Watch on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Showtime

 

 

 

 

Call Me By Your Name movie posterCall Me By Your Name

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play

 

 

 

 

Pride movie posterPride

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Brokeback Mountain movie posterBrokeback Mountain

Watch on: Apple TV, Google Play

 

 

 

 

 

TV Shows

Queer as Folk TV show posterQueer as Folk

Watch on: Showtime

 

 

 

 

Gentleman Jack tv show posterGentleman Jack

Watch on: HBO Max

 

 

 

 

Orange is the New Black tv show posterOrange is the New Black

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Sense8 tv show posterSense8

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Queer Eye tv show posterQueer Eye

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

The Fosters tv show posterThe Fosters

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+

 

 

 

Sex Education tv show posterSex Education

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

RuPaul's Drag Race tv show posterRuPaul’s Drag Race

Watch on: Paramount+, Hulu

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