Celebrate Pride with DC Public Library

Celebrate Pride with DC Public Library

Pride 2021 Still We Celebrate... Still We Gather

Though we still cannot gather physically for parades and festivals, we still celebrate our pride together. Starting in May and all through June, enjoy our online resources and live events and programming.

Online Author Events and Speakers

DC Queer FlixDC Queer Flix - A Monthly Watch of LGBTQ Cinema - join us on Twitter using the tag #DCQueerFlix
May 14, 7 p.m. - Eat with Me (special viewing for APIHM with the Mayor's Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs)
May 28, 7 p.m. - Saturday Church
June 25, 7 p.m. - Drag Double Feature of A Drag King Extravaganza and I Am Divine

Books in rainbow colorsQueer Book Club
Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m.
Our monthly queer book discussion will focus on Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. Email johnna.percell@dc.gov for details about joining the event.

Sheila Alexander ReidA Conversation with Sheila Alexander- Reid
Wednesday, May 26, 6 p.m.
A conversation with Sheila Alexander-Reid, Director of the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs and founder of Women in the Life


Saeed JonesKeynote Author Talk: How We Fight for Our Lives with Saeed Jones
Thursday, May 27, 7 p.m.

To celebrate Pride season and kick off Summer Challenge, join us for a discussion with poet and memoirist Saeed Jones. In conversation with the Library's Jordan Johnson, Jones will discuss his memoir How We Fight for Our Lives. We will host the conversation on our Youtube and Facebook pages. Please register here.

Something to talk aboutSomething to Talk About - A Conversation with Meryl Wilsner
Monday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Pride season as author Meryl Wilsner discusses their work and hit debut novel, "Something to Talk About" (2020) with staff from our neighbors at PGCMLS and DC Public Library. Join the conversation on the PGCMLS YouTube channel here.

SBladeWashington Blade Describe-a-Thon
Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ pride month by helping us make more issues of the Washington Blade available online. You can view issues of the paper up now in Dig DC.

Drag Family Story TimeDrag Family Storytime
Saturday, June 12 and 26, 11 a.m.
To celebrate this year's LGBTQ Pride, join us for two special family story times lead by local drag performers Domingø, Arma Dura, and Katie Magician. This is a great chance to celebrate Pride as a family and add some new titles to your family story times at home!

Micah PowellThings No One Else Wants to Say: An Evening with Micah the Poet
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
A very special poetry-reading with DC Public Library's own Micah Powell on the release of his book Things No One Else Wants to Say.

Books in rainbow colorsQueer Book Club
Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Our monthly queer book discussion will focus on Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Email johnna.percell@dc.gov for details about joining the event.

DJ Diyanna Monet at MLK LibrarySpace in Place: Pride DJ Show Featuring Diyanna Monet
Saturday, June 26, Noon
Celebrate Black Music Month and Pride with a special DJ show outside of the MLK Library! 

Cut out letters spelling "Trivia"#StayatHomeDCTrivia - Pride Edition
Monday June 28, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a special Pride edition of our biweekly Twitter trivia focused on all things #LGBTQ+.

Woman dancing with headphones onDISDance - Still We Dance
During Pride 2021 join us every Friday and show your Pride by dancing with the Library's Freegal music collections. Boogie down to one or all 30-min long playlists. Post a video or photo of you and your crew dancing or lip-syncing to Instagram and tag us (@dcpubliclibrary) using the tags #DCPLDanceParty and #StillWeDance. 


Great Pride Reads

Adults Books

Teens Books

Children Books

Washington Mystics Pride Reads
Check out these wonderful biographies and autobiographies exploring the lives and careers of LGBTQ+ athletes.

Magazines in OverDrive (digital magazines for download and streaming)

Great Pride Watches 

DC Queer Flix - Titles from our Kanopy Film Collection
I Am Not Your Negro The Watermelon Woman Moonlight
Strike a Pose Brother Outsider Eat with Me
Saturday Church Reaching for the Moon Southwest of Salem

Access Videos
The HBO documentary Suited tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that looks beyond the gender binary, creating custom-made suits for gender non-conforming and transgender clients. 

Pride Research Tools

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies (2016): This eBook serves as a primer to the study of gender, including women's, queer and men's studies. By employing literature, film, art, history and other disciplines, it identifies areas of critical thought and practice in gender and sexuality studies; provides an overview of central themes, current topics and seminal debates and offers resources for further research.

​​​View and read through this list of LGBTQ Fiction from NoveList.

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