30 Days of Pride Blog Series

30 Days of Pride was a month-long blog series hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy to spotlight queer pride within the bookish community and bring uplifting content each day in June 2019 between our two blogs. We welcomed over 40 readers, reviewers, authors, and other publishing professionals onto our blogs to talk about what pride means to them through short essays, poetry, interviews, and more. Below is a list of the all posts published for 30 Days of Pride on Ace of Bens.

Introducing 30 Days of Pride. Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. AceOfBens.com
Welcome To 30 Days of Pride

Today, my co-host Taylor Tracy, and I are kicking off 30 Days of Pride—a blog series we organized to bring you 30 days worth of uplifting pride-theme content. We hope you’ll join us and our outstanding guests in celebrating this 30 holiday.

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. A Pride Month Playlist. A gaylist, if you will. AceOfBens.com
The Gaylist: A Gay Playlist | 30 Days of Pride

Let's start the month off with a playlist of upbeat songs by queer artists and allies!

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. "I'm Proud Of You" by Kate Reña. AceOfBens.com
Kate Reña | 30 Days of Pride

Kate Reña kicks us off with a reminder that, although it feels like we have a never-ending road ahead of us in the fight for equality, we have come a long way already in their love letter to the community.

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. Interview with Mina Waheed, author of Soft On Soft and Graham's Delicacies. AceOfBens.com
Interview with Mina Waheed | 30 Days of Pride

Mina Waheed, author of indie romance hits Soft on Soft and Graham's Delicacies talks about how they and their characters celebrate pride month, writing queer characters, and more.

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. "My First Pride Parade" by Elin. AceOfBens.com
“My First Pride Parade” by Elin | 30 Days of Pride

Elin @ Annotated Paperbacks joins us to talk about the magic of her first pride parade last summer in Stockholm.

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. Interview with Bill Konigsberg, author of The Music of What Happens and Openly Straight. AceOfBens.com
Interview with Bill Konigsberg | 30 Days of Pride

Bill Konigsberg, author of Openly Straight and The Music of What Happens joins us to discuss his process of writing from personal experiences and finding pride in a world that teaches you to hate yourself.

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. "Coming Out Stories" by Justina. AceOfBens.com
“Coming Out Stories” by Justina | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride! A lot of times, coming out is framed as one singular, big and important event, when it’s really more of a process. Today, Justina, a book blogger and library worker, shares stories of coming out to herself, her friends, and her family. High school has truly been a […]

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. Book Spotlight: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy. Post by Shon @ Books and Bugs. AceOfBens.com
Book Spotlight: Once & Future — Shon @ Books and Bugs | 30 Days of Pride – Day 8

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride.  Shon @ Books and Bugs is here to talk about a book that I really need to get to reading—and may have been pushed up on my TBR after reading this!—the 2019 King Arthur retelling, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Keeping reading to […]

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30 Days of Pride, Hosted by Ben Ace and Taylor Tracy. "Eight Books You Need to Fill Your Summer with Pride" by Julian Winters, author of Running With Lions and How To Be Remy Cameron. AceOfBens.com
Julian Winters: Eight Books You Need to Fill Your Summer with Pride | 30 Days of Pride

Julian Winters, author of Running With Lions (2018), and How to Be Remy Cameron (2019) joins us with eight books recs to queer up your TBR. If you've been at a loss for what to read this Pride Month, Julian has you covered!

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Sam @ Some Books & Ramblings: My Bisexual Coming Out Story | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, we have another coming out story in which Sam @ Some Books & Ramblings shares her experiences from realizing she was bisexual to telling her family about it. I knew I was bisexual on December 24th, 2017. The reason I knew was because […]

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“This Pride Month…” by Anonymous | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I have a friend, who wishes to post anonymously, talking about some of the different emotions they’re feeling this pride month. It’s a short yet sweet piece and I hope you enjoy their words as much as I do! My coming out story […]

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Queer Books with Happy Endings by Ben Ace | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I wanted to add a Part Two to a post I did back in February. Here is a second list of books with queer characters that don't suffer because of their identity.

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One Day at a Time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Me by Megan Manzano | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, Megan is going to talk about two of her favorite characters who are queer and Latina and how seeing that representation has had an impact on her life. No matter who you ask, they’ll always have different terms to describe their identity. If […]

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Bi Characters in Science Fiction & Fantasy by Sage | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, Sage is here to talk about bisexual characters and bi rep in science fiction and fantasy. Queer characters in SFF is something we don’t talk or think about nearly enough, and I’m glad he’s giving us a list of awesome bi characters. Happy […]

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“Colette, Anaïs, and Me” by Michelle Ruiz Keil, Author of ALL OF US WITH WINGS

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, Michelle Ruiz Keil is here with a beautiful piece about self-discovery and finding pride in her identity. If you enjoy this, because sure to check out her debut YA novel, All Of Us With Wings releasing on June 18th. Content warnings: Lesbian slurs; […]

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“Where I’ve Found Parts of Myself” by Harker D. | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, Harker is here to talk about some books that have made them feel seen. (And they happen to be books I also love.) Talking about representation is a great way to talk about pride, so I hope y’all enjoy their post! I grew […]

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Interview with Kacen Callender | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I bring you an interview with the incredible Kacen Callender. They’re here to talk about celebrating pride month, diversity in publishing and their upcoming releases, so keep reading! Hi, Kacen! Welcome to 30 Days of Pride, and thank you so much for participating! […]

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Queer Books to Look For in the Last Half of 2019 | 30 Days of Pride

As I'm making a post for my most anticipated releases of the last half of 2019, I realized there were quite a few that I didn't really want to put on the list because I received ARCs of them at BEA. So what excuse could I make up to talk about queer books coming out later this year? Here are nine coming out later in 2019.

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Interview with M.K. England | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I’d like to welcome M.K. England, the author of The Disasters (2018) and the upcoming Spellhacker (2020). They’re here to talk about queer rep in sci-fi and in their books, celebrating pride month, and a whole lot more. I’m so excited to have […]

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Interview with CB Lee | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I have a great interview with C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick, to share with all of you! A lot of this interview focuses on a-spec representation, which is strong in certain parts of media, but still widely lacking. I hope you […]

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Favorite Aromantic Characters by Gretal | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, I have another post about a-spec rep to show you all! If you’re looking for more examples of aromantic representation in YA literature, look no further! Gretal is here today with a list of aromantic characters that she loves and that you’ll probably […]

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Interview with Christine Lynn Herman | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! Today, Christine Lynn Herman, debut author of The Devouring Gray is here to talk about book, pride month, and disaster bi representation (which is very, very important)!  BEN ACE: Hi, Christine! Welcome to 30 Days of Pride, and thank you so much for participating! […]

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Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore | 30 Days of Pride

Anna-Marie McLemore, author of When The Moon Was Ours, Blanca & Roja joins us to discuss their upcoming 2020 release Dark and Deepest Red, celebrating pride month, and queer and Latinx representation in fiction.

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I’m So Proud Of This Community | 30 Days of Pride

Welcome back to 30 Days of Pride on Ace Of Bens! I’ve saved my own personal pride post for last, not because I necessarily wanted to be the wrap-up, but because I didn’t really know what to talk about until last night. I’ve talked about my coming out experience on here before. Already, I’ve made […]

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