March to the Beat of Your Own Drum: Celebrate Pride Month

LGBTQ+ Pride Month is a national holiday celebrated in the month of June, honoring the Stonewall Riots and equal rights for LGBTQ+ Americans. The Stonewall Riots took place in June of 1969 and marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans.

Pride Month is a celebration with the focus on showing pride as part of the LGBTQ+ community and demonstrating for equal rights.

Terms to Know 

Learn about defining LGBTQ+ words and vocabulary and how to explain these terms to kids. 

Local Pride Events

Canton Pride OUTside

  • July 13, 2024, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Heritage Park in Canton
  • This annual LGBTQ+ Pride event is free for all ages and includes guest speakers, performers, community resources, local vendors and food. No pre-registration is required.

Ann Arbor Pride

  • August 3, 2024, noon
  • Main Street in Ann Arbor
  • This event is free to the public and includes a parade along Main Street, as well as lots of performers and family-friendly activities.

Motor City Pride Festival

  • June 8, 2024, 1:00-9:00 PM and June 9, 2024, noon-7:00 PM
  • Hart Plaza in Detroit
  • Michigan’s largest Pride celebration offers free viewing along the parade route. Entrance into the festival is $5, and children ages 12 years and younger enter for free.

Suggested Booklists

LGBTQ+ Nonfiction for Kids

These nonfiction books are an excellent starting point for young people interested in learning about the LGBTQ+ rights movement and exploring personal stories of LGBTQ+ activists.

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Representation Matters: Picture Books with LGBTQ+ Characters

When kids read books with characters who look and act like they do, or like their friends and families do, they develop a stronger interest in reading. We believe everyone should be able to find themselves in stories. See yourself in these picture books featuring LGBTQ+ characters who challenge traditional gender norms.

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LGBTQ+ Fiction for Kids

These wonderful reads focus on kids exploring who they are and how they see themselves in the world.

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