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Rainbow History Project

Collecting and preserving D.C.'s LGBT history

The Rainbow History Project is the archive for preserving the city’s LGBT history and memory. Join member and advocate Vincent Slatt as he presents on the Rainbow History Project’s digital and physical collections, including its oral history project, recent acquisitions and collecting efforts.   We'll meet in the Southeast Library's meeting room.

Beauty Queens

Book Club in June: 'Beauty Queens'

Join us for the discussion

Fifty beauty pageant contestants on their way to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash land on a desert island. What to do? Practice your talent or find food? Work together or do contest rules apply? Find out what happens to these young women as they find themselves while hoping to be found.

Kevin Beard

Rise of An 'Empire':

The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation Thursday June 25 at 7 p.m. for an in-depth  analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.

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Rock Creek Singers in Concert

Tuesday, June 2 at 7 the Great Hall

In celebration of Pride 2015, you are cordially invited to attend a performance by the Rock Creek Singers, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's chamber choir under the direction of GMCW's artistic director, Dr. Thea Kano. Offering a wide range of repertoire, from Broadway tunes to spirituals and folk songs, this ensemble has been delighting Washington audiences since its inception in 2000.

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Author Talk: Catherine Tuerk

'Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action'

Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action is a series of essays from the loving mother of a gay son to other parents who might be struggling with their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Covering two decades of her work as an advocate for LGBT people in the D.C.

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Summer of Safe Sex

Sexual health education and testing with the Latin American Youth Center

Start the summer off right! Stop by, get informed, and get tested Thursday, June 11 from 3-6 p.m. in the large meeting room on the main floor. Service Providers from the Latin American Youth Center will be on hand to talk about condoms, HIV, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), testing resources in the D.C. area, and answer any questions you might have. Free and confidential testing will be available.

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¡Pedro Extravaganza!

We’re Crazy for Almodóvar Movies in June and July

This Pride season, we thought we would pay tribute to an award-winning director we can always count on to be inclusive, over the top, thought-provoking – and fun! Join us in the large meeting room on the main floor every Saturday at 2 p.m. for another amazing Almodóvar film. Saturday, June 6 - Volver (2006)

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LGBTQ Books for Children

Inclusive books for every child

Perhaps your child has asked a question about different families, or you may want your child to be introduced to inclusive titles that present different topics for children. If so, then please peruse DC Public Library's many children's books titles that feature LGBTQ themes and information.


Teen Kick Back: It Gets Better

Wednesday, June 10, 4 p.m.

Kick back with us in Teen Space and celebrate Pride Month by watching videos from It Gets Better, a project to show lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth that it does get better, and to inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  Ages 13-19. Also be sure to check out our collection of titles for LGBTQ youth: