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Publisher's Summary

The Book of Pride captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or friends, frequently under the threat of violence and persecution. 

By shining a light on these remarkable stories of bravery and determination, The Book of Pride not only honors an important chapter in American history, but also empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and most importantly, pride.

©2019 Mason Funk (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
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Pure Joy for EVERYONE

This book is so much better than I expected. This is a book of wonderful, fast-paced, relatable stories. It's like being in the comfortable living rooms of favorite distant relatives and lovingly being told stories that seem meant for your ears. Persons who are not LGBTQ will be just as engaged as LGBTQ readers/listeners. The personal struggles, family dynamics, social surprises, and courageous actions have a universal quality -- even as they specifically reveal the unique challenges and strengths in the LGBTQ community. I want to buy the physical book now and assemble a one-off book club. I feel certain that much will be learned from how readers respond to and relate through each story. I urge that the audible version be played in the car for the whole family (or carpool) to hear the stories and be inspired to be authentic, courageous, hard-working, humorous, and all of the other virtues on display throughout. And, if by the end of the book, you have not had at least one great conversation with a co-listener -- not necessarily on an LGBTQ topic, but the sort of conversation that would not have occurred without the book -- then I'll buy you a Coke. I'm raving because, truly, this book is that good.

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Incredible preservation of queer history.

The book is merely samples of dozens and dozens of interviews taken by the Outwords Archive, but the samples they pick leave an impact. I encourage you, like the book, to check out the full interviews. Queer people are not a new thing, and we sure as shit aren't going anywhere anytime soon. An incredibly important book for keeping our history alive.

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Truly inspirational. A must read for every Pride month. I learned so much more than I ever would have otherwise. If they make a part 2 I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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Fabulous view into the history of LGBTQIA people

The stories were personal, engaging, and a window into those that helped shape our present world.

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History is important

We should never forget what our community did prior to the 90s to get the rights that some to most of us enjoy and laid the ground work to continue the fight. Making sure that no one puts our community back into the closet. It has helped me to realize we still need to heal our community and not exclude its members.

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inspiring

I've never felt more connected to my community than when reading The Book of Pride

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What an incredible book, and so we’ll performed. Everyday lives, real people who fought, won, loved, and persevered.

Inspiring. Maddening too, because why? Why did any of them have to fight this hard?

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Wanted a Bit More

I loved this book. The interview excerpts are great, kinda wish there was a bit more to the stories.

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Tell of standing together

This is a must read for everyone. Not just for the alphabet community in which I include myself, but everyone. This book tears down walls in a time people are building wall. Each person is not just one group, but several groups. I myself am a white guy fim male, but that does not mean I came reach across and join force with my butch lesbian black sister in her fight. This book helps to show that there is no difference between my fight and her fight.

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America is not the world!!!!

Bitch please. I am so tired of UAS claiming to be the center of the universe. this is exactly what this book is doing.
A Much better title would have been gay American pride..
I really don’t like either how only a few of the narrative stories gets appreciate comments from the Author in the end— it makes me kind of suspect that then though he has included Bi-people... They are not giving the same honor comments.... don’t get me wrong this book is important work but only for people in the USA not the rest of the world as this Book is shamelessly claiming

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  • 06-29-22

Grab some Kleenex and sit back

This is such a moving, skilfully edited and beautifully spoken testament to the courage of so many queer pioneers. Don’t miss it!

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  • 12-03-20

Powerful pioneers

An interesting and informative listen. I have really enjoyed the book. It really is, so important to hear the stories of the past and the pioneers who changed the world. Definitely recommend to all as, regardless of sexuality, it provides a unique insight into the lives of LGBT+ Heroes.

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  • 10-24-19

Such an enjoyable listen

Inspirational, aspirational, uplifting, empowering and life affirming. This book made me feel proud of myself and of all that my brothers and sisters have achieved in the pursuit of LGBTQ emancipation. Let their oral history never be forgotten because we owe them everything. Thank you and thank you Mason Funk for bringing us this truth xx