As Boston celebrates National LGBT History Month this June, read with pride at the bibliothèque! Swing by to browse our displays and share your favorite read at this month's bouillon de lecture on June 19, celebrating LGBT stories and writers en français. Read on for some of our favorites!

Books for Kids and Teens

The library has added many great LGBT books for kids and teens since last June. Gay dads, gay moms, first crushes, boy bears in dresses and princesses in love - you can find them all here!

Books for Adults

Did you know that Négar Djavadi's debut novel, Désorientales, won the Lambda Literary Prize in 2019 for its English translation? Or that Marguerite Yourcenar, first woman elected to the Académie française, lived with her partner Grace for more than 40 years? You can explore more of the rich history of French and Francophone LGBT people in our books and bande dessinées.

Pride Films

Some of the best French films of recent decades are about gender and orientation, from Cannes-winning shocker La vie d’Adèle to classic comedy La cage aux folles. For a sweet summer romance, try La belle saison. If you’re curious about the history of gay activism, check out 120 battements par minute, set in France in the 1990s.

For more books and movies by and about LGBT people, check out our catalog!



Elizabeth Taft

Library Assistant

Elizabeth has a B.A. in French with a minor in English from Wellesley College and plans to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science. During a year of study at Aix-Marseille Université, she hiked Mont Sainte-Victoire, volunteered at a short film festival, and attended France's largest book fair. Her work at the French Cultural Center combines her love of language and libraries.

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Join us in June for a special edition of Ciné-Club de l'Alliance. Pamela B. Green’s "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché," narrated by Jodie Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time the full scope of the life and work of cinema’s first female director, screenwriter, producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

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Friday, June 21, 2019 2:00 PM To 3:30 PM

Seeking opportunities to speak French? Join us in our beautiful library for our popular members-only conversation gathering.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:30 PM To 6:30 PM

Whether for the first or the hundredth time, dive into this classic en français with a new book club at the library!

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