Library Highlights from Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to highlight some of the amazing library programming and services happening in our Texas libraries that are designed to support, recognize, and celebrate our LGBTQIA community. The LGBTQIA community is essential to our libraries, and we are excited to showcase programs and services that celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion in our Texas libraries.

Programming and events

San Antonio Public Libraries kicked off Pride Month with a virtual short film event using Discord. SAPL hosted Rainbow Films: Shorts Night (for Teens), where attendees could virtually attended the screening of various films with LGBTQ+ characters and/or directors. The films were hand-selected by a Teen Pride workgroup at SAPL. (May 25, 2021).

Austin Public Library hosted Paint with Pride, a partnership with Dougherty Arts Center and Austin Public Library, where attendees can participate in a larger than life “paint by numbers” mural celebrating Pride and community. Attendees could sign up for a painting time using a virtual link and then show up to paint a mural section. Events were held every Saturday throughout the month of June 2021).

North Branch Library, Denton Public Library hosted a craft event to celebrate Pride. North Branch Library with DPL welcomed attendees to celebrate Pride by creating DIY bracelets and keychain crafts.

Pride celebration banner image from North Branch Library with Denton Public Library
Pride Celebration event hosted by North Branch Library with Denton Public Library

Dallas Public Library celebrated Pride Month by hosting many fun programs to celebrate, honor, and highlight LGBTW history and achievement, including Queer Reads Book ClubDrag King Werkshop, and PRIDE Jeopardy. These are just a few of the programs hosted by DPL. For a complete list of the pride programming offered by DPL throughout the month of June, visit their PRIDE 2021 webpage.  

McKinney Public Library celebrated Pride with a virtual book discussion featuring three authors about LGBTQ+ representation and inspiration in the literary world. Authors Dahlia Adler (Cool for the Summer), Jonny Garza Villa (Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun), and Julia Lynn Rubin (Trouble Girls) participated in a virtual roundtable event.

Pride Month Celebration banner from McKinney Public Library
Virtual Book Talks: Pride Month Celebration hosted by McKinney Public Library

Round Rock Public Library hosted a Beyond Coming Out art showcase throughout June. Participants could choose to express themselves in verse or art. Submissions were compiled into a slideshow to be displayed at the library. Additionally, Round Rock Public Library also hosted a Poetry in Motion event, with the theme centering around Freedom. The event recognized and celebrated both Pride and Juneteenth. 

Harris County Public Library hosted Anime Jam: Pride on Friday, June 25 where attendees could tune into a live discussion around popular LGBTQ+ anime series and mangas to celebrate Pride Month. The discussion was held live on Facebook and Instagram with Janell and Marrissa.

Image to advertise Anime Jam event from Harris County Library
Anime Jam: Pride event with Janell and Marrisa, which was held on Facebook and Instagram

UTSA Libraries showcased the Queer Zines Guide. A collection of more than 250 zines, most of which originate from San Antonio and Texas. Many of the zine creators represented are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and their zines highlight #queer perspectives on mental health, prison reform, religion, and more. Check out the Zine Collection and the UTSA Libraries Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Research Guide.

University of Houston Libraries showcased their Pride Exhibit that features selections from the Charles Botts/Jimmy Carper Memorial Research Collection and the Edward Lukasek Gay Studies Book Collection, all part of the LGBT History Research Collection in UH Special Collections. Support for the exhibit is provided by The Hollyfield Foundation.

Photo of University of Houston Libraries Pride month exhibit
University of Houston Libraries Pride Month exhibit featuring materials for the UH Special Collections

Mental Health Resources

Here are a few more additional resources to support the mental health of our LGBTQIA Community: 

Thank you to all Texas library workers who continue to promote and support our Texas communities by creating inclusive library environments. We are excited to see libraries embrace our core values of librarianship, which include representation and inclusion. Inclusion does not happen by accident. It takes intentional commitment and intentional work to ensuring all voices and stories are heard within our collections, programming, services, and spaces, including LGBTQIA+ voices. Happy Pride!

If you have programming you would like to share with our staff, please email ld@tsl.texas.gov. We look forward to continuing to learn more about the work that you are doing! 

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