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LGBTQ+ Pride

LGBTQ+ Pride

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LGBTQ+ Pride

Welcome

woman with pride flagWelcome to LA County Library’s Pride page! Here you will find resources and materials that inform about and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles County and beyond. This page will be updated regularly so check back for more new and exciting booklists, art activities, learning pathways, and more, for all ages.

Virtual Programming

Scorpion

Tuesday, June 7, 4 pm
Careers in STEAM: Pride and Prejudice and Scorpions
Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with entomologist Lauren Esposito. Lauren will discuss scorpion research and the impact that the network they created, 500 Queer Scientists, has had on the queer scientific community. For teens.
Register here.

man reading a comic book

Tuesday, June 7, 5 pm
LGBTQ+ in Comics
Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ characters and themes in comics, and some of the most influential modern creators from the LGBTQ+ community, and the future of gender-expansive characters and creators in the comic book industry. For adults.
Register here.

Smarty Pants Storytime logo

Friday, June 24, 11 am
Smarty Pants Storytime: Pride Month
Celebrate Pride Month with stories, songs, and rhymes while learning school readiness skills. For kids ages 2-5 with their parent or caregiver.
Register here.

YouTube Videos

Steven Reigns

Queer Poetry with Steven Reigns
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Join us for an interview with Steven Reigns, West Hollywood’s first Poet Laureate. Learn about the creative process and inspiration for his latest book, A Quilt for David, and more!

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Queerly Beloved: A Conversation on Queer Romance Novels
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We had a great time with Leah Koch of Culver City bookstore, The Ripped Bodice, discussing everything queer romance, from storied novels to modern day tales of love conquering all. Check out Leah Koch’s queer romance recommendations.

Trailblazers in Conversation with Sheila Kuehl

Trailblazers in Conversation: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
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Join us for a conversation between Library Director Skye Patrick and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. They discuss Supervisor Kuehl’s experience as the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to the California Legislature and her work seeking equity for all in LA County. This live event was recorded on October 26, 2021.

LGBTQ+ Autor Panel

LGBTQ Author Panel
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Join authors Shing Yin Khor, Wendy Heard, and Leslie Anne Frye Thomas as they discuss their experiences writing and publishing as LGBTQ people.

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Queer Virtual Film Festival
Watch now on YouTube
We talk about some of our favorite queer films in the Kanopy collection. Watch the films on Kanopy using your LA County Library card, then check out the accompanying viewing guide for reflective questions, related resources, and further learning opportunities.

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Pronoun Patches
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Learn about different gender pronouns, and ways we can be respectful when learning someone’s pronouns. Then watch step-by-step how you can create your own pronoun patch!

pride flag bracelets

Pride Flag Braided Bracelets
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Explore the history of different pride flags and their creators. Then, learn how to create a bracelet using the colors of the flag that represents you or a loved one.

2021 LGBTQ+ History Month Virtual Film Festival

Throughout October we’re sharing clips from some of our favorite queer films in the Kanopy collection. Use your LA County Library card to watch the whole film on Kanopy, and afterwards check out the accompanying viewing guide for reflective questions, related resources, and further learning opportunities.

Week 4: Stonewall Uprising (Not rated)
Recommended for adults
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In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days.

Week 3: Hearts Beat Loud (PG-13)
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In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

Week 2: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Not rated; Drug use and sexual content)
Recommended for adults
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Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, this film follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.

Week 1: Rafiki (Not rated)
Recommended for adults
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Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

LGBT Collection at the West Hollywood Library

Our West Hollywood Library holds our LGBT Collection, a comprehensive collection of LGBT fiction and non-fiction literature and history in a variety of formats: books, journals, periodicals, VHS, and DVD. The collection reflects the rich history, culture, and experiences of the LGBT community both locally and globally. It includes popular and academic materials, out-of-print and hard-to-find titles, LGBT classics, current bestsellers, and new Lambda Literary Award winners and nominees.

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