Celebrate District of Pride at the Library

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Celebrate District of Pride at the Library

This month, visit your Library to enjoy events that lift the LGBTQIA+ community and show different facets of the queer experience. 

Key Events

Alarm in the Firehouse: Kevin Mallinson, America's First Openly Gay Firefighter
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 pm
Northeast Library
Kevin Mallinson shares stories and photos from his years in the Key West Fire Department as he faced fierce and unrelenting homophobic assaults intended to force him out of the department. Mallinson relays a narrative of conflict, resilience and triumph through his years as America's first openly gay professional firefighter. His story highlights the importance of personal values and having a sense of humor when facing adversity.


D.C. Different Drummers Jazz Band Performance
Saturday, June 18, 3 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
D.C.'s Different Drummers, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender music organization, will perform various jazz styles and feature a short, improvised set from their small jazz combo, 2nd Independence.  Through music, D.C.’s Different Drummers fosters pride, inclusivity, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region, and welcomes all musicians.


Find out more LGBTQIA+Pride events, and learn more about LGBTQIA+ history, challenges and triumphs through our online resources, offered year-round: 
  • The Archives of Sexuality and Gender provides access to more than 1.5 million pages of primary source content on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities worldwide. 
  • Several collections available through Dig DC, the People’s Archive online collection, also showcase LGBTQ+ life and history in the District. Transgender Histories of D.C. is an oral history collection documenting how the changes in DC over the past several decades have been experienced and influenced by transgender individuals and communities. The Washington Blade contains digitized editions from 1969-1996 of the District's historic independent LGBT newspaper. In addition, the entire 10-year run of Women in the Life Magazine, which began as a magazine for black lesbians in Washington, DC, was digitized in honor of the publication's 25th Anniversary. 
  • Learn about major figures and moments in LGBTQIA+ history through documentaries and films on Kanopy, the Library's collection of critically-acclaimed movies and films. Titles include the documentaries "Stonewall Uprising," "Paragraph 175," "A Union in Wait," and "Golden Gate Girls," which tells the story of the pioneering filmmaker Esther Eng. 
Learn more at dclibrary.org/pride.