50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place in New York City as LGBTQ people spontaneously rioted for days following a police raid on a gay bar. The first pride march took place the following year. https://www.nps.gov/---/stonewall-national-monument.htm
For this challenge, I'm asking you to release any book, fiction or non-fiction, that has gay themes, characters, or sub-text. Releases can be wild or controlled. Themed releases and cross-challenge releases encouraged!
Since this is a PRIDE challenge, please keep any non-fiction releases PRO-gay, no ANTI-gay books (such as religion books that suggest LGBTQ persons are unacceptable) will be allowed for this challenge.
I'd like to keep this primarily gay-themed, but will also allow books with a rainbow or rainbow flag colors on the cover or RAINBOW in the title, as well as the word PRIDE in the title.
Since this is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and New York City is commemorating this with a month-long schedule of activities, I will also accept any books about activism, or containing the words "ACTIVIST," "ACTIVISM," or "ANNIVERSARY" and any words applicable to NYC and/or the Stonewall Inn bar: "NEW YORK," "GREENWICH," "VILLAGE," "STONEWALL," "CHRISTOPHER," "51," "53," etc. https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org
I'll also accept books that don't contain gay themes, but are written by openly gay, known or assumed gay authors: Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, E.M. Forster, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Rita Mae Brown, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Armistead Maupin, Audre Lorde, Michael Cunningham, Sylvia Plath, David Sedaris, Gore Vidal, Bret Easton Ellis, Sarah Waters, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Henry James, Patricia Cornwell, Mary Renault, Dorothy Allison, Thornton Wilder, Christoper Rice.....
At the risk of getting overly sterotypical I will also accept books that aren't specifically gay, but are likely of interest to queer persons. For instance, books about musical theatre or Bette Davis might appeal to gay men. A book about the WNBA might appeal to lesbians. (((YES, I realize this is totally superficial and stereotyping, so use your best judgment. If Will & Grace would make a joke about it, it's fair game!)))
Please keep in mind the spirit of the challenge when releasing books, and please leave a release note linking to this challenge and/or stating that you are releasing this book for PRIDE Month to celebrate inclusion and diversity.
Thanks, and Happy Releasing!
**I also have a prize or two to giveaway at the end of the challenge. Bookcrossing supplies (bookplates and "free book" sticky notes") or wings for a month.