Chicago Public Library Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, Chicago Public Library is offering an array of online programs throughout the month of June for kids, teens, and adults to celebrate the culture, history, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. For complete information about Chicago Public Library’s offerings for Pride Month, visit the CPL website.

For this year’s keynote program, Chicago Public Library is pleased to welcome H. Melt on June 22 at 6 p.m., in partnership with CPL’s Voices for Justice Series. They will be speaking about their work There Are Trans People Here. H. Melt’s writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today.

Chicagoans are invited to attend a film screening or one of the many other CPL programs and events available online and/or in person. Various other resources are available online, including a printable LGBTQIA+ Pride month coloring sheet by Chicago artist Julia White, as well as various librarian curated LGBTQ+ book lists.

full list of events is available on CPL’s website including the following highlights:

June 8 – Drag Story Time

Bezazian Branch – 1226 West Ainslie St, 1 p.m.

Join a special Pride Month story time featuring local drag artist Kitty Banks, facilitated by Bezazian Branch staff.

June 13 – Drag Story Time

Commercial Club Park – 1845 West Rice St, 10:30 a.m.

A special Pride Month story time featuring local drag artist Loren J, facilitated by the children’s librarian from the nearby West Town Branch Library.

June 16 – Archives Come Alive

Rogers Park Branch – 6907 N. Clark St, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Learn about the history of LGBT communities in Chicago by exploring CPL’s vast historical archives.

June 18 – Queer Radical Fair

Palmer Park Cultural Center – 201 East 111th St, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A summer celebration of fashion, self-expression and community by and for queer youth, offered in conjunction with Chicago Park District’s Queering the Parks, Chicago Freedom School, Social Works and Rebirth Garments. The fair will feature live performances, fashion shows, health & wellness resources, free food, and more.

June 22 – Voices for Justice: Author H. Melt

Virtual Event, CPL’s YouTube channel and CPL’s Facebook page, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In partnership with CPL’s Voices for Justice Series, H. Melt will be speaking about their work There Are Trans People Here.

June 28 – Law at the Library: LGBTQIA+ Law Issues 

Virtual Event, Registration Required for Zoom link, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Presentation by an experienced attorney regarding issues related to the LGBTQIA+ community, including legal name changes and forms of discrimination, followed by a brief question and answer session. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association and the Evanston Public Library. 

June 29 – Make it Masc: Identity Affirmation Panel 

Virtual Event, Registration Required for Zoom link, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Representatives from Chicago’s Queer community spaces (T-Mac, Brave Space Alliance, and The Center on Halsted) answer questions about feeling confident in your own skin, with a focus on masculine presentation.

Coloring Page

Print our LGBTQIA+ Pride month coloring sheet by Chicago artist Julia White.

Reading Recommendations

LGBT+ Pride Reads for Kids: From L to T and BeyondTeen LGBT+ Pride Reads: From L to T and BeyondAdult LGBT+ Pride Reads: From L to T and BeyondReading with Pride: Recent LGBT Highlights (June 2022)

As of April 2021, CPL has adapted its patron record policy to reflect the diverse identities of Chicagoans. Patrons can now choose the name they would like to be addressed by in all library communications. This measure ensures that library staff use the same name the patron uses in their day-to-day life. By changing this policy, CPL welcomes new patrons to the library and is able to serve existing patrons in a more thoughtful, inclusive way.

For more year-round programs, visit our online events calendar, stop by your local library branch, or sign up for our e-newsletters.

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