About the Author
Robin Stevenson is the award-winning author of many novels for kids and teens. Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community is her first nonfiction book. Robin has been part of the LGBTQ community since she was a young adult and has been taking part in Pride celebrations for thirty years. She lives on the west coast of Canada with her partner, Cheryl, and their twelve-year-old son. For more information, visit www.robinstevenson.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.
From the Introduction to PRIDE
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration, and the high point of that month is the Pride parade.
I went to my first Pride parade when I was still in high school. It was in Toronto, in the late 1980s. These days, Toronto's Pride celebration is one of the biggest in the world, but back then it was much smaller. It felt huge to me though! I was enthralled by the beautifully decorated floats, the extravagant costumes and the music, and I was blown away by the sight of thousands of people dancing in the streets. I felt as if I had entered a magical world—one in which everyone could truly be themselves.