Welcome to Pride Month at the Pond!
At The Quiet Pond, sharing and promoting inclusive books is at the very core of our mission. Last year, we had the delight of hosting 25 guests for Pride Month at the Pond, where we had the privilege to share interviews and pieces about queerness, intersectionality, and unapologetic queer stories.
This year, we are bringing Pride Month at the Pond back! Starting today, we will be featuring queer authors and proudly celebrating queer identity and literature. Once again, Joce, Skye, and I have been working with our guests to bring spectacularly queer content to celebrate Pride Month.
Upholding and celebrating intersectionality is also at the heart of what we do. Last year, I talked briefly about the history of Pride, and how at the center of Pride Month’s history were two Black queer women and activists who paved the way for queer rights.
Therefore, if you are also celebrating Pride Month, I implore you to ensure that the queer books or queer work that you uplift and share is intersectional – that queer authors of colour and queer disabled authors are included in your reading lists. (And if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry – we have plenty of queer book recommendations coming your way.)
To start us in the right direction, here are some posts from last year’s Pride Month and some queer authors that visited us outside of Pride Month:
- An Interview with Jonny Garza Villa, Author of Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun – On Their Upcoming Queer & Chicanx Debut, Writing Journey, and Food
- An Interview with Julian Winters, Author of The Summer of Everything; On Creating Communities, Queer Black Stories, and Quarantine Tunes
- Interview with Nekesa Afia, Author of Dead Dead Girls; On Writing a Historical Mystery & Centering Queer Black Women
- A Discussion with Brody, Booktuber at Et Tu, Brody? Pride Isn’t Pride Without Intersectionality – And Here Are Six Books To Show That
- An Interview with Michelle Kan, Author of the Tales of the Thread Series; On Writing Aromantic Stories, Chinese Fairytales, and Subverting Popular Tropes
And if you are looking to put together a reading list for Pride Month, why not start with our book recommendation posts from last year?
- 21 Books with Gay and M/M Rep To Read and Love During Pride Month!
- 23 Books with Sapphic & F/F Rep To Brighten Your Reading During Pride Month!
- 22 Books with Bisexual & Pansexual Rep That I Loved – and You’ll Love Too!
- The Beauty Beyond the Binary; 20 Books with Trans, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer Rep
- A Love Letter to 18 Books with Questioning, Asexual and Aromantic Rep; You are Valid
Thank you all for visiting us friends, and we cannot wait for you to join us for all the Pride Month celebrations that will take place in June! Happy Pride! 🏳️🌈