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Celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month

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San Diego Public Library honors the rich heritage, contributions, & intersectionality that makes the LGBTQIA+ community so unique. At the library, we also continue to support & pledge our solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. Join the celebration & check out our diverse program offerings throughout October.
San Diego Public Library’s LGBTQIA Library Services Committee celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA community in a welcoming and inclusive library space that fosters connections to knowledge and each other.
Visit SDPL Pride to view LGBTQIA+ books, programs, resources, and more.

Featured Events: LGBTQIA+ History Month Storytimes


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Celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Storytime! Enjoy fun songs and engaging stories at these special storytimes in honor of LGBTQIA+ History Month. After our stories, enjoy a wonderful create your own rainbow flag craft, while supplies last!

These LGBTQIA+ History Storytimes are a family-friendly way of recognizing and celebrating our diversity and individuality through age-appropriate stories and songs.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a limited capacity for these events. Masks for children 2 and older are required.

Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | 215 W. Washington Street, 92103
City Heights/Weingart Library
Monday, October 18, 2021 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | 3795 Fairmount Ave., 92105
College-Rolando Library 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | 6600 Montezuma Road, 92115
Kensington-Normal Heights Library
Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | 4121 Adams Avenue, 92116
*This event will take place outdoors in the park, masks are recommended but not required.
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 5148 Market Street, 92114

LGBTQIA Virtual Book Conversations Flyer
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event | Register here.
Join our panel of prominent LGBTQIA+ Filipinx/a/o scholars, as they discuss their contributions to the work: Q&A: Voices from Queer Asian North America,  the importance and significance of the collection, and how their work shapes their experiences as LGBTQIA+ Filipinx/a/o in the U.S. At the end of the presentation,  the panel will open it up to questions from the audience. 

Upcoming Events

Book Recommendations

Research Database

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Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.


  • The San Diego LGBT Community Center
    The Center is the nation's second oldest and one of the largest LGBT community centers that provides direct program services to the many different facets of the LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV.
  • San Diego Youth Services
    Mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBT youth and their families.
  • The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386
    24/7 crisis and support hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 13-24. Also offers text and chat services.
  • GLBT National Help Center
    Free and confidential hotlines, chatrooms, and other resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people.
  • Trans Lifeline | 1-877-565-8860
    Hotline that offers support and resources to transgender people in need. Staffed by the transgender community for the transgender community.
  • San Diego LGBT Pride
    San Diego LGBT Pride fosters pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally. Pride supports a number of programs for all ages that meet the diverse needs and interest of the LGBTQ community.

2021 Pride Library Card

2021 Pride Library Card
In partnership with San Diego Pride and with support from the Friend of the San Diego Public Library, the SDPL LGBTQIA Library Services Committee held its second Pride Library Card Design Contest earlier this year. The design chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2021 Pride Library Card was designed by Clara, a teen patron from the La Jolla Branch Library. We want to thank all that participated in the contest and also give a special shout out to Chaitanya from the Mira Mesa Library as our Children’s design favorite and Kaeli from the Serra-Mesa Branch Library as our Adult Design favorite!
2021 commemorative cards are available at the SDPL locations offering in-person or contactless pickup services.

2020 Pride Library Card 

Children's Category Favorite and the card chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2020 Pride Library Card by Jasmine Nguyen
In partnership with San Diego LGBT Pride and with support from the San Diego Library Foundation, the San Diego Public Library LGBTQIA Library Services Committee held it's first Pride Library Card Design Contest in February/March of 2020. The design chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2020 Pride Library Card was designed by Jasmine Nguyen, a young patron from Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library.
2020 commemorative cards are still available.

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