By Apra HQ
June is Pride Month, and one of the many ways to celebrate is by learning about the people and stories that shape the LGBTQ+ community. To help continue the conversation year-round, we asked Apra members to share their go-to resources, from non-profits to keep an eye on, documentaries, books and more.
“Beyond the Gender Binary” (Pocket Change Collective) by Alok Vaid-Menon
The “Pocket Change Collective” is a series of books by leading activists and artists on a range of topics. In “Beyond the Gender Binary,” author Alok Vaid-Menon takes from their own experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist and asks readers to see gender in full color versus black and white.
This 2020 Netflix documentary takes a deep dive into transgender depictions in film and television over the years. Trans creatives and thinkers Chaz Bono, Jamie Clayton, Laverne Cox, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez and Lilly Wachowski share their thoughts on some of Hollywood’s biggest moments and the impact these moments had (and continue to have) on the trans community.
Egale is Canada’s leading nonprofit and advocacy group for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. They strive to improve and save lives through research, education, awareness and advocacy for human rights and equity in Canada and across the world.
“Enthusiastic Encouragement & Dubious Advice”
This newsletter from fellow Apra member Suzi Elzie-Tuttle shares resources on important topics surrounding race, the LGBTQIA community, intersectional feminism and mental illness. Elzie-Tuttle is Black, Asian and queer and has “had a lifetime of answering questions in various settings.” This newsletter aims to “be a resource people can use and recommend,” particularly for allies looking to educate themselves. Learn more about her newsletter online here.
Created by Ace Schwarz, a non-binary Pennsylvania-based teacher, Teaching Outside the Binary includes LGBTQ+ book and resource recommendations. The website also has article recommendations for topics such as race and sexuality and gender, and has its own blog.
“Visible: Out on Television”
In this Apple TV+ documentary miniseries, viewers can “explore the history of the American LGBTQ movement through the lens of TV.” Through a mix of interviews and archival footage, the five-part series looks at homophobia, LGBTQ characters over time and coming out in the world of TV.