June is Pride Month where we commemorate the Stonewall riots (June 28 – July 3, 1969), a major event leading up to the LGBTQIA+ liberation movement. June also marks Juneteenth, an American holiday celebrating the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved Black Americans in the Confederacy (June 19, 1865). The last enslaved Black Americans in the Union weren’t freed until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment (December 18, 1865).
In celebration of Pride Month and Juneteenth, here is a not all-inclusive list of Black and LGBTQIA+ voices to follow on social media and to read. It is worth noting that Pride is possible because of Black transwomen like Marsha P. Johnson.
Black LGBTQIA+ Folx to Follow
If your social media streams don’t have these powerful voices, give them a follow! Most wrote books, essays, and other pieces of work outside of their social media accounts.
Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer. Author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.
@charlenecarruthers (Instagram) · @CharleneCac (Twitter)
Sex educator. Racial/Social/Gender Justice Disruptor. Writer. Breast Cancer Survivor. Model. Co-host of the podcast, “Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast”.
@ihartericka (Instagram · Twitter)
Black LGBTQIA+ Folx to Read
If longer narratives and books are your thing, read these authors! Their works intersect race, sex, class, gender, and sexual orientation. The Work cannot be done without intersectionality!
Since the following authors wrote so many pieces and books and can be overwhelming to start, there’s a recommended book listed. We provided Bookshop links to the authors and books, but we strongly encourage you to order from Black-owned bookstores and/or buy from your local bookstore! Happy reading!
Novelist, short story writer, poet, social activist, and feminist who coined the term “womanist” (a Black feminist or feminist of color) to unite women of color and the feminist movement at “the intersection of race, class, and gender oppression.”
→ Start with The Color Purple
Author, professor, feminist, and social activist who focuses on the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination.
→ Start with Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist who explored racial and social issues in his essays on the Black experience in the United States.
→ Start with Go Tell It on the Mountain
Toni Cade Bambaras
Author, documentary film-maker, social activist, and college professor who was concerned with injustice and oppression in general and with the fate of African-American communities and grassroots political organizations in particular.
→ Start with The Salt Eaters