Pride Month 2022

Pride Month 2022

Celebrate Pride Month with DC Public Library

This June we lift up our LGBTQIA+ community as we reconnect and celebrate our District of Pride. This month, visit your neighborhood library to enjoy books that share the different facets of the LGBTQIA+ experience, join us for library events for all ages, explore our online resources to learn more about LGBTQIA+ history and issues and so much more.

Pride Events

Rainbow crayons Drop-In Pride Crafts
Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Petworth Library
Children ages five and up are invited to join the Petworth Library each Tuesday in June to make a fun craft celebrating LGBTQ+ history.
Kevin Mallinson Alarm in the Firehouse
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Library
Join us as R. Kevin Mallinson shares stories and photos from his years in the Key West Fire Department. His story highlights the importance of personal values and having a sense of humor when facing adversity. Kevin relays a narrative of conflict, resilience and triumph through his years as America's first openly gay professional firefighter.
A pink banner reading "Woodridge Neighborhood Library Family Pride Festival", with a progress pride flag above and a variety of people wearing rainbow heart shirts below Family Pride Festival
Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m.
Woodridge Library
This Pride Month, DC Public Library is throwing an all-ages, family-friendly party for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Join us on the lawn in front of the Woodridge Library for crafts, games, food and community! We will also gather for a family story time at 2:30 p.m.
Image for event: DC Different Drummers Jazz Band DC Different Drummers Jazz Band
Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
As we celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of MLK library, we are excited to host DC's Different Drummer's Jazz Band, a 10-piece big band that plays music in a variety of jazz styles, from big band swing, to funk, to Latin Jazz, and beyond. The performance will also feature a short improvised set from their small jazz combo, 2nd Independence. 
Person holding stack of books in front of a painted rainbow Queer Book Club
Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Join us this month for a special Pride month speed-dating style book chat! Come prepared to talk up your favorite queer book and leave with a whole new reading list. Grab a snack from Marianne's Cafe and meet us on the patio.
District of Pride District of Pride: DC Business ReNetworking at MLK Library
Wednesday, June 22, 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to host this renetworking event as part of the District of Pride series of events for June 2022 in partnership with the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the Equality Chamber, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and DC Public Library! Joni us on the beautiful rooftop for an open networking session with some light programing, hashtaggable photo opportunities and good cheer as DC celebrates Pride Month.
Homo Promo (1991) - IMDb #DCQueerFlix: District of Pride
Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Marie Reed Recreation Center
For Pride month, join the Library and the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs for a special screening of Homo Promo: Vintage LGBT Movie Trailers. Starting at sundown at Marie Reed Field in Adams Morgan, we'll watch this fabulous collection of vintage queer movie trailers with live commentary from the Rewind Project podcast team. Bring a blanket or chair and refreshments and celebrate Pride with some vintage cinema!
Image for event: Drag Story Time Drag Queen Story Time
Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m.
Unity Park
Our monthly outdoor Drag Story Times are 30-minute story times packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, this activity is a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program. This event is in partnership with the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement and The Line Hotel DC.
Image for event: Virtual Trivia Night Virtual Trivia Night
Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
Virtual Event
Test your smarts and play a special Pride-themed edition of #StayatHomeDCTrivia! Competitors, either individually or in teams, will play three head-scratching rounds featuring items from the DC Public Library's collection.
Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond: 9780593243978 |  Books Queerly Beloved: Author Talk with Susie Drummond
Thursday, June 30, 6:30 p.m.
Petworth Library
Join the Petworth Neighborhood Library as we close out Pride Month featuring local author Susie Dumond. In her debut novel, Queerly Beloved, Dumond explores love and being queer in the 2010's Midwest USA. All are welcome to attend this book reading and talk back.  

Find more events on the Library's calendar!

Pride Books

Check out great reads for all ages at your neighborhood library.

Books from the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs (MOLBGTQA)
This Pride Month, MOLGBTQA has selected a variety of LGBTQIA affirming titles that are currently facing challenges or bans across the nation.

Books for Children and Families

Books for Teens

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

Pride Magazines

Access both recent and back issues of LGBTQIA+ magazines on your device with Overdrive and Libby.

Title details for The Advocate by Pride Publishing Inc. - Available The Advocate
The Advocate
has been the definitive news source for America's LGBT community since1967. Every issue, The Advocate keeps you involved and informed on everything that's important to you in LGBT news, politics, culture and entertainment. You'll enjoy our intriguing interviews with important gay and lesbian newsmakers, plus you'll enrich your life with our regular coverage of gay travel, finance, fitness and style.
Title details for OUT by Pride Publishing Inc. - Available OUT
Sexy, smart and sophisticated, it inspires readers with captivating feature stories, striking fashion layouts and lively entertainment reviews. Each issue is filled with interviews, fashion, travel, celebrities and more for gay life today.
Title details for Attitude Magazine by Stream Publishing Limited - Available Attitude Magazine
The World's Best Gay Magazine. We pride ourselves on exclusive content and we are the premier destination for film, music, sports and pop stars plus LGBT heroes and allies that want to speak directly to gay men. Each issue has a balance of features on a diverse range of subjects, with block busting A-list celebrity exclusives and in-depth analysis of news and issues affecting the LGBT community.
Title details for GAY TIMES by Gay Times Limited - Available Gay Times
We've been a vital resource for the LGBTQ community since 1974. Whether that's been spreading crucial awareness on policy changes and our global queer siblings' ongoing fight for liberation, to the very latest in LGBTQ culture. Our mission is to represent the truly multifaceted nature of the queer community.

Pride Music

Stream unlimited music from LGBTQIA+ artists with Freegal! Check out a few of our favorite artists below and find more with your DC Public Library Card.

Orville Peck Betty Who Lil Nas X Big Freedia

Pride Movies

Stream movies highlighted in DC Public Library and Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs' watch party series #DCQueerFlix on Kanopy with your DC Public Library Card!
I Am Not Your Negro The Watermelon Woman Moonlight
Strike a Pose Brother Outsider
Saturday Church Southwest of Salem

Pride Research Tools

Archives of Sexuality and Gender Archives of Sexuality and Gender
Explore LGBTQ history like never before. Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 provides access to over 1.5 million pages of primary source content on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. This resource offers an expansive, detailed, global view on LGBTQ history—much of which was previously unavailable to the public.
DC Oral History Collaborative – HumanitiesDC Transgender Histories of D.C.
This project seeks to answer the question: how have the changes in D.C. over the past several decades been experienced and influenced by transgender individuals and communities? Individuals who are transgender, marginalized by society at large, have a unique perspective on history, at the same time as they are left out of mainstream accounts of events. This project documents the events of the final decades of the 20th century and first few of the 21st through the eyes of transgender elders, mostly Black women.
Very Short Introductions
Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions written by authors who are experts in their field on a diverse range of subjects. These online eBooks are the perfect introduction to LGBTQIA+ subjects including, Sexuality: A Very Short Introduction and Identity: A Very Short Introduction.
Washington Blade The Washington Blade
The Washington Blade collection on Dig DC contains digitized editions from 1969-1996 of the historic independent LGBT newspaper and is presented in partnership with the Washington Blade. For current and recent editions, and information about reprints visit The Washington Blade.
Women in the Life Women in the Life Magazine
Women in the Life began as a magazine for black lesbians in the Washington, D.C. area and grew into a publication for lesbians of color circulated widely. The entire ten year run (1993-2003) of Women in the Life Magazine was digitized in honor of the publication’s 25th Anniversary.

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