Join AWP in Honoring Pride Month This June!

June 3, 2024


AWP has assembled a list of resources, including interactive and informative websites, author interviews, and other diverse programming. Check out the resources below to learn more about Pride Month and the LGBTQIA+ community, and pick up a new book from our Pride Month Reading List.


From the Writer's Chronicle

Nonfiction/Nonbinary Literary Identities: An Investigation of Contemporary Writers Queering Gen(der/re) in America by Chachi Hauser, April 2021

An Interview with Jericho Brown by Jona Colson, November 2020

You Are Making Me Now: Writing God as a Contemporary American Poet by Joy Ladin, May/Summer 2017

GLBTQ Protagonists and the Mainstream Market by Krista Humphrey, March/April 2015

The Lesbian Writer & the General Reader by Honor Moore, March/April 1990

Concerning Being Queer by Allan Gurganus, March/April 1990


Rewatch AWP Events

#AWP24 Lead with Love: Queer Voices in Literature with Red Hen Press

Virtual AWP Pedagogy: Supporting LGBTQ Students in the Creative Writing Classroom

#AWP22 Chosen Families: A Reading & Conversation Presented by Red Hen Press


On the AWP Website

Interview with David Laidacker-Luna, President, Fiesta Youth by Ely Vance, February 2020

Queer Words: Reflections on Facilitating Writing Workshops with Homeless LGBTQ Youth by Sassafras Lowrey, June 2019

Writing While… by A. Poythress, June 2019

Reclaiming the Pansy by Bruce Owens Grimm, June 2019

Podcast Episode 123: How Gay Is This Book?: 21st Century Approaches to the LGBTQ Classroom, March 2016


History & Further Learning

Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement,” a timeline article of American LGBTQ+ history from the early 1900s to 2015, published by PBS

A Timeline of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in the United States (PDF),” provided by GSAFE

Queer History,” an article written by Christina B. Hanhardt for the Organization of American Historians

Out in Rural America, a documentary by PBS featuring the highs and lows of living as an LGBTQ+ person in rural America

A Brief History of Queer Language Before Queer Identity” by Jeanna Kadlec for Lit Hub


Upcoming Online Events

All events are listed in ET.


Monday, June 3, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

NCCJ Community Perspectives: Play LGBTQIA Pride Month Jeopardy
Think you know all about Pride Month? Join the National Conference for Community and Justice to learn more about LGBTQIA+ identities. Bring your lunch and your friends!


Tuesday, June 4, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Pride Month: Neurodivergence & LGBTQ+ Identity
In this roundtable especially for Pride Month, Joyfully Different cofounder Alice Reeves is joined by Arlo West, a trans and nonbinary EDI consultant and speaker, graphic designer, and founder of Studio Arlo, to explore these questions:

  • What do the terms “neurodivergence” and “queerness” mean to us?
  • How was our experience of “coming out” as neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ different or similar?
  • What are the challenges of transitioning (whether NHS or privately) and disclosing a neurodivergent diagnosis?
  • How do we deal with people who make ignorant or misinformed comments about our queer and neurodivergent identities?


Wednesday, June 5

9:00–10:30 a.m.

#IAmRemarkable June Workshops *Event repeats throughout the month of June*

#IAmRemarkable is a global movement striving to empower everyone to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. The #IAmRemarkable and LGBTQIA+ communities will come together to shine a light on all people’s stories and encourage everyone to be better allies to each other every day.


4:00–5:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Stories of the Past: A Pride Panel | Livestream

This event, part of Vizcaya Late’s Pride Edition and filmed at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, features an enlightening panel discussion led by Vizcaya’s scholar in residence, Julio Capo Jr., alongside esteemed panelists Dr. Sarah Pawlicki; Joseph Zolobczuk, MS Ed; and Dr. Robin Bachin.


Thursday, June 6

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Cis Allies for Trans Rights

Cis Allies for Trans Rights is a monthly gathering to assist in the fight for trans rights. Every month, participants will chat through what it means to be an ally or accomplice; what has happened in the world for trans people in the last thirty days; actions to take in the next thirty days; and consistent allyship and support.


3:00–4:30 p.m.

Salon Series 49: A Seat at the Table: Queer*+ Intersections

To celebrate Pride Month and the ongoing struggles for equity, this salon will showcase insights and perspectives of Eve Scarborough, Jada Simone Haynes, and Mikhail of Hearts as stewards of the Letterform Archive’s Permanent Collection through the acts of physical care, documentation, and audience activation.


Friday, June 7

1:00–2:00 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Allyship

Celebrate Pride! Join this LGBTQ+ ally training: learn, support, and advocate in just one event.


Tuesday, June 11

2:00–3:00 p.m.

The Pride & Progress Book Club

The Pride & Progress Book Club welcomes one and all, whether you are a dedicated bookworm, love to read but never find the time, or just need some motivation to open a book for the first time.


7:00–9:00 p.m.

PRIDE: A Celebration of Love, Resistance, and Empowerment

PRIDE is more than just a week in June. PRIDE is more than just a month during the year. PRIDE is an enduring state of mind!


Thursday, June 13

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Pride by AUSU!

Join AUSU for an unforgettable evening of celebration, advocacy, and entertainment at their Virtual Pride Celebration! 


Wednesday, June 26

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Indigenous Queerness: The Colonizers Brought the Closet

Join the Indigenous Equity Branch for an intersectional talk with Riley Yesno to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples History Month and Pride Month!


Saturday, June 29

2:30–5:30 p.m.

The Broken Spine: Monthly Open Mic - June 'Pride & Protest'

Join Broken Spine Arts as they embrace the spirit of Pride Month with a vibrant online event, “Pride and Protest: A Virtual Celebration of Resilience and Diversity.” This gathering is not just a celebration; it’s a powerful statement of joy intertwined with activism, honoring both the history and the ongoing struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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