Back in 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted to support marriage equality. You may remember the consternation and dismay amongst some UCC churches and some UCC members. At that time, only one state (Massachusetts) had legaized same-sex marriage.  In the following years, more and more states joined in legalizing same-sex marriage and in June, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex couples to marry, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in the remaining states. This is just one example of the progress that has been made, but we are at a point where hard-won victories are at risk.

This Sunday, the 44th annual Pride Parade will take place (give yourself extra time to get to Plymouth). Forty-four years! Read these books and watch the DVDs:

When we rise : my life in the movement /Jones, Cleve,   306.76 JON

Gay America : struggle for equality /Alsenas, Linas.    306.76 ALS

Milk/DVD F MIL

The girls next door : into the heart of lesbian America /Van Gelder, Lindsy.   306.76 VAN

Gay soul : finding the heart of gay spirit and nature with sixteen writers, healers, teachers, and visionaries /Thompson, Mark,   305.3896 THO

GLBTQ : the survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens /Huegel, Kelly,   YA 306.766 HUE

It gets better : coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living /Savage, Dan   306.76 SAV

In the Church:

A pilgrim's way /Righter, Walter C.,   283.092 RIG

Stranger at the gate : to be gay and Christian in America /White, Mel,   261 WHI

Ministry among God's queer folk : LGBT pastoral care /Kundtz, David,  259.086 KUN

Trans-gendered : theology, ministry, and communities of faith /Tanis, Justin Edward,   230.0866 TAN

Courage to love : liturgies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community /264 DUN

Friends and Family:

When love lasts forever: male couples celebrate commitment/Yost, Merle James   306.76 YOS

Straight parents, gay children : keeping families together /Bernstein, Robert A.   306.874 BER

Always my child : a parent's guide to understanding your gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning son or daughter /Jennings, Kevin,   305.235 JEN

The transgender child /Brill, Stephanie A.306.76 BRI

50 ways to support lesbian & gay equality : the complete guide to supporting family, friends, neighbors-- or yourself /323.3 MAR

And More:

Three Junes /Glass, Julia,   F GLA

She's not there : a life in two genders /Boylan, Jennifer Finney,   B BOY

Hypocrite in a pouffy white dress : tales of growing up groovy and clueless /Gilman, Susan Jane.  B GIL 

The kids are all right/DVD F KID

Julie Johnson/DVD F JUL