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LGBTQ+ Pride


Prince George’s County Memorial Library System celebrates and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pride ourselves in creating and maintaining a safe environment that respects and is inclusive of diverse traditions, religions, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, genders, ages, heritages, abilities, and experiences. PGCMLS acknowledges the fundamental role of Black activists in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The LGBTQ+ community owes its current freedoms to the work of leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, Storme DeLarverie, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Phill Wilson, Barbara Smith, and countless others who have fought on the front lines of racial and LGBTQ+ rights.

George Takei

George Takei

George Takei is a Japanese American actor. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, on the 1960s series Star Trek. Takei is also an outspoken advocate for equality. In 2012 he began to dabble in social media and soon had millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. He also writes a popular blog.

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Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk (1930-1978), a San Francisco city politician, helped open the door for gays and lesbians in the United States by bringing civil rights for homosexuals, among many other issues, to the political table. Since Milk's murder in 1978, he has remained a symbol of activism.

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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X is the Atlanta rapper whose half-country, half-hip-hop single "Old Town Road" became a stunning number-one hit in the spring of 2019. Less than six months after its release on SoundCloud, Nas X had made his first live stage appearance at a California music festival and released the EP 7, his major-label debut for Columbia Records. "As hip-hop continues to push the limits of its sound," declared Pitchfork writer Sheldon Pearce, Nas "X is far from the only rapper to experiment with country themes, but he was the one who figured out how to package them just earnestly enough for a mass audience." The artist received six Grammy Award nominations in 2020 and took home two trophies for his song "Old Town Road."

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Sylvia Lee Rivera

Sylvia Lee Rivera

Famously known for tossing a Molotov cocktail during the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, Hispanic-American transgender activist Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002) devoted her life to the gay, lesbian, and transgender liberation movements. In 2015 a photograph featuring Rivera was added to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, making her the first transgender American to be featured there. In 2019 the city of New York unveiled plans to build a monument in honor of Rivera and fellow transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award and nominee for the 2002 National Book Award, Jacqueline Woodson writes about "invisible" people: young girls, minorities, homosexuals, the poor, all the individuals who, many feel, are ignored or forgotten in mainstream America. They are the people, as the author wrote in a Horn Book article, "who exist on the margins." An African American and lesbian herself, Woodson knows first-hand what it is like to be labeled, classified, stereotyped, and pushed aside. Nevertheless, her stories are not intended to champion the rights of minorities and the oppressed. Rather, they celebrate people's differences. Her characters are not so much striving to have their rights acknowledged as they are struggling to find their own individuality, their own value as people. "I feel compelled to write against stereotypes," Woodson commented, "hoping people will see that some issues know no color, class, sexuality. No--I don't feel as though I have a commitment to one community--I don't want to be shackled this way. I write from the very depths of who I am, and in this place there are all of my identities."

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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin never stood directly in the media spotlight that shone upon other black activists, but his contributions as a strategist and tactician place him among the most influential of twentieth-century civil rights leaders. In a career spanning more than five decades, Rustin worked on behalf of equal rights with a variety of organizations--including the Communist party, labor unions, and pacifist groups--and exercised a leading role in the creation of two significant civil rights organizations: the Congress of Racial Equality and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Rustin was particularly instrumental in the development of the nonviolent protest movement that evolved from the Montgomery bus boycott associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Although it was King who was catapulted into a position of national leadership by the boycott, it was Rustin, a man twenty years King's senior, who provided much of the organizational know-how, political savvy, and theoretical underpinning for King's civil rights victories.

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Janet Mock

Janet Mock

Janet Mock is an American activist and journalist. A transgender woman, Mock speaks about issues that affect the transgender community. She also works as a journalist for several media sites. Mock published two memoirs about her life.

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Danica Roem

Danica Roem

Danica Roem is a former journalist who made history in 2017 when she became the first openly transgender candidate elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Roem was facing a 13-term incumbent who had introduced legislation to prevent transgender individuals from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. Although Roem acknowledged that her victory was for those who had been "singled out" or "stigmatized," her campaign mostly focused on the issues she cared about, such as improving education, job opportunities, and traffic in her district.

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Jared Polis

Jared Polis

Colorado voters made history in the 2018 midterm elections when they chose Democratic Party candidate Jared Polis to become their state's next governor. The first openly gay man to win a US gubernatorial race, Polis is a technology entrepreneur, education philanthropist, and five-term Congressperson. "Tonight we reaffirm what an amazing state we live in," he said in his election-night speech, according to the Denver Post. "In Colorado, we dare, we dream, and we do."

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David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz was an artist whose work stands among the most visceral and confrontational in the late twentieth century. Images of death, decay, sex, and destruction populate his art. When he died at the age of thirty-seven from an AIDS related illness in 1992, he left behind an amazing legacy of creative work--writings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, films and videos, music, and installation and performance art. Between his first solo exhibition and his death, Wojnarowicz presented his artwork in an impressive nineteen individual and nearly two hundred group shows.

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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker is remembered primarily as a spirited entertainer, the glamorous "Josephine" who became the toast of France. But there was a great deal more to Josephine Baker than the banana skirt she wore in the Folies-Bergeres or the leopard she walked along the streets of Paris. She was a great lover of life and humanity and devoted herself to making the world a more hospitable place and securing a better future for its citizens.

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Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an American writer of fiction and essays. Although she began publishing her work in the late 1990s, it was not until 2014 that she rose to literary prominence with the publication of her first novel, An Untamed State, and a collection of essays titled Bad Feminist. A survivor of childhood sexual assault, Gay is particularly concerned with writing about the experience of trauma and its aftermath. Her work also explores topics in contemporary popular culture as well as issues dealing with race, body image, sexuality, and desire. Gay's writing has appeared in publications such as Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Time, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox captured the attention of television watchers in 2013 in the role of Sophia Burset in the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Her character is a transgender woman, incarcerated for using stolen credit cards to fund her sex change. Cox herself is the first transgender woman of color to appear in a regular role in a scripted television series. Her scene-stealing appearances earned her an Emmy Award nomination and a ticket to fame. In 2014 her photograph appeared on the cover of Time magazine--another first for the transgender community. Cox, who has appeared in numerous film and television roles and coproduced a reality television series, is also a writer, motivational speaker, and advocate on behalf of a highly disadvantaged minority. She shuns the term "role model," however, preferring to think of herself as a "possibility model." In 2018, Cox became the first transgender model on the cover of Cosmopolitan.

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James Baldwin

James Baldwin

The American Civil Rights Movement had many eloquent spokesmen, but few were better known than James Baldwin. A novelist and essayist of considerable renown, Baldwin found readers of every race and nationality, though his message reflected bitter disappointment in his native land and its white majority. Throughout his distinguished career Baldwin called himself a "disturber of the peace"--one who revealed uncomfortable truths to a society mired in complacency. As early as 1960 he was recognized as an articulate speaker and passionate writer on racial matters, and at his death in 1987 he was lauded as one of the most respected voices--of any race--in modern American letters.

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Sappho

Sappho

Sappho (ca. 625-570 BC), a Greek lyric poet, was the greatest female poet of antiquity. Her vivid, emotional manner of writing influenced poets through the ages, and her special quality of intimacy has great appeal to modern poetic tastes.

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a painter whose work fascinated prominent and diverse artists around the world. The wife of world-renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo forged a place in the art world that was completely her own. Her dramatic work consisted primarily of self-portraits, although she did capture her family and friends on canvas on occasion. Some critics contend that Kahlo's paintings were reflections of her personal history, her relationship with Diego Rivera, her damaged physical condition, her philosophy of nature and life, and her individual and mythological worldview. Although Kahlo never had formal training in art, she developed into an artist who fascinated a wide range of fellow artists, including Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, painter Pablo Picasso, and novelist André Breton. In addition to these literary and artistic luminaries, her circle included political figures such as Leon Trotsky and the Rockefeller family. In 2019, the Mexican government released an audio recording that appeared to include Kahlo's voice. However, skeptics allege that the voice may belong to someone else.

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

Eclectic performer Janelle Monáe rose from her humble beginnings and gained a well-deserved place in the spotlight for her unique style and vision. She has been compared to music legends Michael Jackson, David Bowie, James Brown, and Grace Jones, but her creative talent and music is all her own, a product of her wild imagination and various influences. After taking on roles on many noteworthy films, Monáe also proved that she was also a talented actress.

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Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar is an American cartoonist, writer, and composer, known for her artistic and musical contributions to the highly popular Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time. Sugar later created her own animated show, Steven Universe, which debuted on the network in November of 2013. She was the first female show creator in the Cartoon Network's history. She has also worked as a storyboard artist for the big screen animated feature Hotel Transylvania.

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Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Sally Ride (1951-2012) will be remembered as the first American woman sent into outer space. She also served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in an advisory capacity, being the only astronaut chosen for President Ronald Reagan's Rogers Commission investigating the mid-launch explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in January, 1986, writing official recommendation reports, and creating NASA's Office of Exploration.

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Phyllis Ann Lyon and Del Martin

Phyllis Ann Lyon and Del Martin

For well over forty years, two American women have stood for much that is insightful, brave, pioneering, and progressive in the development of a successful lesbian community in the United States: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin of San Francisco.

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Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee's debut novel, Edinburgh, addresses the painful subject of child abuse. "If a story about child molestation could ever be beautiful, this first novel comes very close to that unusual mark," wrote Michael Spinella in Booklist. In the story, Aphias Zee, nicknamed Fee, is a young Korean American in a professional boys' choir, whose director turns out to be a serial child molester. "Big Eric"'s sexual assaults have devastating results on Fee and his friends, especially his first love, Peter, who kills himself rather than live with the shame and the pain of what happened to him. Even after the choir director's arrest and conviction, Fee's life continues to spiral out of control. "Chee is a gifted, poetic writer who takes big risks, from the background and sexual orientation of his protagonist to the chapters dealing with drugs, pedophilia and casual sex with grace and unflinching honesty," wrote a reviewer for Publishers Weekly.

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Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon's debut science fiction novel is titled An Unkindness of Ghosts, and it has attracted attention for its provocative examination of race, gender, and sexuality. It is set on a multigenerational colony ship that is sharply divided by race. Protagonist "Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak," explained a Qwillery website contributor in a plot summary linked to an interview with Solomon. "Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster." However, Aster is not as powerless as she seems--she has inherited her late mother's notes on making medicines from herbs grown on the ship, and she has been asked to use them to heal the ship's commander. "Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer," continued the Qwillery contributor, "Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war."

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Publick Universal Friend

Publick Universal Friend

Wilkinson, Jemima (Nov. 29, 1752 - July 1, 1819), religious leader, was born in Cumberland, R. I., daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Amey (Whipple) Wilkinson and sister of Jeremiah Wilkinson [q.v.]. Her father, a prosperous farmer and a member of the Colony's Council, was almost exclusively interested in profits and politics; her mother, who belonged to the Society of Friends and who might perhaps have exercised more influence on her daughter's development, died, worn out with child-bearing, when Jemima, the eighth of twelve children, was about ten years old. Owing to her prettiness and cleverness, the future prophetess managed to avoid the hard work on the farm and grew up as a self-indulgent girl devoted to the reading of romances and other "frivolous literature," without further discipline than that afforded by irregular attendance in the common schools. Her religious interest was first aroused when she was about sixteen by the sermons of George Whitefield and by the meetings of the "New Light Baptists," an evangelizing sect which just then appeared in Rhode Island. Later, in 1774, the coming of Ann Lee [q.v.] aroused a spirit of emulation in her. Soon afterward, during the course of a fever, she fell into a prolonged trance from which she emerged with the conviction that she had died, that her original soul had ascended to heaven, and that her body was now inhabited by the "Spirit of Life" which came from God "to warn a lost and guilty, gossiping, dying World to flee from the wrath . . . to come." Her belief was not shaken by the insistence of Dr. Mann, the physician in charge of the case, that there was no evidence whatever of her having died.

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Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer best known for writing and directing The Matrix trilogy of science fiction-action films with her sister, Lily Wachowski. Other notable films Wachowski has written or directed with her sister include V for Vendetta (2006), Speed Racer (2008), and Cloud Atlas (2012). In 2015 the Wachowski sisters wrote and directed the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending and created the Netflix science fiction series Sense8.

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Elliot Page

Elliot Page

Nova Scotia actor Elliot Page grew up on camera. At the age of ten, Page's screen debut was the made-for-TV movie Pit Pony--and just a decade later, a performance in the independent film Juno pitted Page against Julie Christie and Cate Blanchett for an Academy Award. Page went on to work with some of Hollywood's biggest directors including Christopher Nolan in Inception and Woody Allen in To Rome with Love. In 2020, Page revealed he was transgender, chose the name Elliot, and said he would use he/they pronouns.

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Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang is a comedian from Brisbane, Australia who started the podcast Las Culturistas with his former schoolmate Matt Rogers. The podcast was immediately popular, drawing media attention and allowing Yang to develop his comedic skills.

In 2018, Yang landed a position as a staff writer for the famed comedy series Saturday Night Live. However, he worked as a writer for only one season before being promoted to cast member. He was the first Chinese-American cast member of the program, and one of its first openly LGBTQ cast members.

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Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was an African-American transgender woman and a fearless activist for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) rights, decades before such terminology was used in mainstream culture. Although she expressed identities ranging from gay to transvestite to drag queen during her life, she is understood in modern terms as a transgender woman. Johnson is remembered for her actions during and immediately following the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots, an event that is considered the most influential catalyst for the gay rights movement worldwide. Johnson died in relative obscurity in 1992, under suspicious circumstances. During the 21st century, her legacy has been revisited, resulting in greater awareness of her exuberant, tireless advocacy on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of society. In 2019 the city of New York announced plans to honor Johnson and fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera with a monument commemorating their roles in the Stonewall riots. In 2019, Johnson was inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall National Monument.

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LGBTQ+ Pride Events

Wed, May 22, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bowie - Conference Room
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with ‘A Scatter of Light’ by Malinda Lo; we will check out some art and poetry from the novel, chat about it, and listen to excerpts from the book. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Branch
Join the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in conversation with author Jiaming Tang.

Wed, May 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Branch
The Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System present, "Flounce! A Conversation with Katrina Byrd, the Boa Flouncer."

Mon, Jun 03, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Spauldings - Large Meeting Room
Express yourself by making your own button for Pride Month. Feel free to bring pictures and magazines for inspiration!

Tue, Jun 04, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Bowie
Join Enoch Pratt Free Library Librarians and Baltimore Heritage LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour Guides as they present the fascinating and fabulous history of the LGBTQ+ community, going back to the early 1800s.

Wed, Jun 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New Carrollton - Large meeting room 1
Have fun crafting and creating! Show your allyship or your pride by making pony bead pins or bracelets to match various LGBTQ+ flags. Supplies are provided.

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Accokeek - Large Meeting Room
Have fun crafting and creating rainbow wind chimes for Pride Month! Celebrate your identity by creating a beautiful piece of art. Supplies are provided.

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Upper Marlboro - Large Meeting Room
Test your knowledge about LGBTQIA+ culture during an exciting game of trivia with questions on history, music, sports, and celebrities. All participants will receive a small LGBTQIA+ themed gift.

Wed, Jun 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Branch - PGCMLS Programming
Come learn about famous LGBTQ+ authors’ published works, lives, and struggles in society. Practice writing techniques and exercises inspired by famous black, queer author Countee Cullen. All writing levels are welcome.

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Baden - Multipurpose Room
Bring your preschooler and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more!

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bladensburg
Bring your preschooler to this special storytime and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more to celebrate Pride Month!

Thu, Jun 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Branch
Join the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for a special Community Conversation with Antonio Driver, the LGBTQIA+ Liaison with the County Executive’s Office. Hear from Antonio about his role, plans for Pride, and Prince George’s County diverse LBTQIA+ community.

Thu, Jun 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bladensburg
Create a colorful rainbow tree and learn about the unique styles of famous LGBTQ+ artists. Supplies will be provided. This event is in celebration of Pride month.

Tue, Jun 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Upper Marlboro - Large Meeting Room
Have fun crafting and creating rainbow themed collages for Pride Month. Supplies are provided.

Tue, Jun 11, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fairmount Heights
Celebrate Pride Month with the 2018 film adaptation of "Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Beltsville - Large Meeting Room
PGCMLS and PGCOHR host a monthly book club to explore the top 10 challenged books of 2022. This month's discussion features "This Book is Gay" by Juno Dawson.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Branch - PGCMLS Virtual Events
Come learn about famous LGBTQ+ authors’ published works, lives, and struggles in society. Practice writing techniques and exercises inspired by famous black, queer author Countee Cullen. All writing levels are welcome.

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Upper Marlboro - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate Pride by making a rainbow necklace! All supplies provided. Adults and teens only.

Tue, Jun 18, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hillcrest Heights
Join us to watch a movie as we celebrate Pride Month!

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mixt Food Hall - 3809 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722
Join a lively discussion! This month the Mount Rainier Library and the Prince George's County Office of Human Rights are discussing "The Deep," by Rivers Soloman.

Tue, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pizzeria Paradiso - 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Step into the colorful world of Pride at Pizzeria Paradiso with the fabulous drag queen Charlemagne Chateau! Dive into LGBTQ+ literature, film, TV, and music while savoring delicious pizza and beer. Let's share stories, embrace diversity, and toast to inclusivity with every slice! See you there!
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Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenbelt
Become a scientist by conducting hands-on, fun science activities using basic scientific principles. Celebrate an influential Queer computer scientist by learning about how computers work to solve problems with Turing Tumbles! Ages 8–12.

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Hyattsville
Celebrate Pride month while getting to know local LGBTQ+ organizations and community members. Join us for storytime, crafts, music, special guests, and more for all ages. Festive dress and costumes are encouraged!

Sat, Jun 22, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Surratts-Clinton
Bring your preschooler and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more in celebration of Pride Month!

Mon, Jun 24, 10:15am - 10:45am
Mount Rainier
Bring your preschooler for stories, songs, and fingerplays to celebrate the wide rainbow of kids and families, and LGBTQ Pride Month.

Mon, Jun 24, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Laurel
Bring your own snacks and enjoy a movie with us. Follows the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0. With the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen, hoping he will turn the world's worst soccer team around in this humorous and heartfelt underdog story. Rated PG-13 (97 mins)

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bladensburg
Do you nerd out about "My Hero Academia," "Attack on Titan," "Demon Slayer," or "Sailor Moon"? Come to the Bladensburg Branch Library for a Manga and Anime Club Watch Party showing of “The Stranger by the Shore" in honor of Pride Month. Watch the movie, meet people with similar interests, and explore our collection. All levels of fandom are welcome.

Wed, Jun 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hillcrest Heights
Have fun crafting and creating! Celebrate pride by making your own pride inspired friendship bracelets. Supplies are provided.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Branch
Join the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights, Loyalty Bookstores, and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in conversation with the author, TJ Alexander

Thu, Jun 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Laurel - Large Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room)
Have fun crafting and creating! Supplies are provided.

Thu, Jun 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glenarden - Small Meeting Room
Get crafty this Pride Month with our all-ages Perler bead art! Create colorful masterpieces, from rainbow hearts to unicorns. Express your pride through creativity and join us for a fun-filled celebration of love, diversity, and inclusion!

Tue, Jul 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mixt Food Hall - 3809 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722
Join the Mount Rainier Branch Library and Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights for our monthly book club! This month we hope you can join us as we discuss "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo.

Videos & Past Events



Activism and Recognition of the LGBTQ+ Movement

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1924

Henry Gerber founds the Society for Human Rights, the first gay rights organization in the United States. Published the earliest-documented homosexual periodical, Friendship and Freedom.


1951

The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization in the U.S. is formed.

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1952

The American Psychiatric Association lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance.


1953

President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, banning homosexuals from working for the federal government or any of its private contractors. Part of the “Lavender Scare”, a concerted effort to drive LGBTQ+ people out of government and public life, strongly influenced by Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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1955

The Daughters of Bilitis, the first national lesbian rights organization, is formed.


1962

Illinois becomes the first U.S. state to decriminalize homosexuality.

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1966

Compton’s Cafeteria Riot


1969

Stonewall Uprising

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1973

The American Psychological Association (APA) stops recognizing homosexuality as a mental disorder.


1974 (closed in 2010)

Lambda Rising, first LGBT bookstore in Washington DC, opens.

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1987

AIDS Memorial Quilt laid on National Mall first time.


1990

ACT UP protests at the National Institute of Health for equitable medication and healthcare.

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2001

Maryland passes Antidiscrimination Act of 2001, granting protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.


2011

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is overturned.

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2013

Same-sex marriage is legalized in Maryland.


2013

“Gender Identity Disorder” is renamed to the less stigmatizing “Gender Dysphoria” with the release of the DSM-5.

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2014

Maryland passes the Fairness for All Marylanders Act (2014), expanding Maryland’s antidiscrimination laws to include protections for gender identity and expression.


2015

Maryland General Assembly passes law allowing ID changes consistent with gender identity.

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2015

Supreme Court guarantees marriage equality nationwide.


2016

President Obama designates Stonewall National Monument.

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2017

Moonlight wins Oscar for Best Picture.


2018

Conversion Therapy on minors is banned in Maryland.

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June 29, 2019

Inaugural Annapolis Pride Parade and festival held on June 29.


2020

National and state legislation passes for inclusive genders on state IDs (NH), banning conversion therapy for minors (VA), banning "gay panic" defenses (WA), extension of federal job protection (Supreme Court), and same-sex marriage protection (NV).

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January 20, 2021

President Joe Biden signs an executive order hours after Inauguration to expand protection from discrimination on the basis of sex to include sexuality, gender identity, and sex stereotypes.


January 25, 2021

President Joe Biden signs an executive order ending the ban on service of transgender people in the military.

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Coming Out Day Resources 

 LGBTQ+ History for Kids

LGBTQ+ History for Teens

LGBTQ+ History for Adults

Online Exhibits

List of PGCMLS Branches with Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

  • Baden: Two single-stall restrooms near entrance
  • Bladensburg: Family restroom located in children's area on the first floor
  • Bowie: Three single-stall restrooms upstairs
  • Fairmount Heights: Family restroom first floor
  • Hillcrest Heights Family restroom next to the women's restroom in children's area
  • Hyattsville: Family restroom located in children's area
  • Laurel: By the info desk in the children's area
  • Largo-Kettering: At the back of the building near the accessible entrance
  • Mount Rainier: In the back right corner of the branch
  • New Carrollton: Family restroom located in children's area
  • South Bowie: Family restroom located in children's area
  • Surratts-Clinton: Family restroom located in children's area