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LGBTQIA+ Library Services

Pride at the Library
 

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.

PRIDE 2022 Commemorative Card flyerSan Diego Public Library is proud to announce that the winner of the 2022 Pride Library Card Contest is Leslie Pagel (She/Her/Ella) from the College-Rolando Branch Library! Leslie is a Crawford High School student and LGBTQIA+ activist. 

When this contest was brought to her attention, Leslie immediately knew who she wanted to depict front and center of her entry: Marsha P. Johnson! Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson was a gay and trans rights activist at the forefront of the Gay Liberation Movement at the Stonewall Inn Rebellion on June 28, 1969, a turning point for the LGBTQIA+ Civil Rights Movement. 

Leslie believes we all can learn a lot from the untold stories of queer trans people of color like Marsha. Leslie’s message to her fellow queer and trans youth is this: “Learn about your roots, Give back to the community, Brighten our future, Transform the world, and always Question. Most important of all, remember to “Pay it No Mind.”

Thank you, Leslie, for this moving and powerful contribution!

The Pride Library Card Contest is an annual partnership with San Diego Pride. We want to thank all that participated in the contest and give a special shout-out to Dagny Tang from the Central Library as our Children’s design favorite, and Andrea Evangelesta from the North Park Branch Library as our Adult Design favorite!

Starting July 15, 2022, commemorative cards are available at all SDPL locations, while supplies last.

To read more of Leslie Pagel’s words on Marsha P. Johnson, the Stonewall Inn, and queer history, visit  here.

 

Book Recommendations

Research Database

Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender graphic
Research sexuality and gender in relation to LGBTQ+ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related categories.

Resources

  • 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

2022 Pride Library Card
San Diego Public Library in partnership with San Diego Pride held its third Pride Library Card Design Contest earlier this year. The design chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2022 Pride Library Card was designed by high school student Leslie Pagel from the College Rolando-Branch Library. Pagel’s design celebrates Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, a prominent black trans activist and icon who paved the way for the LGBTQIA+ movement.
We want to thank all that participated in the contest and give a special shout out to Dagny Tang from the Central Library as our Children’s design favorite and Andrea Evangelesta from the North Park Branch Library as our Adult Design favorite!
 
Starting July 15th, the 2022 commemorative cards will be available at all SDPL locations, while supplies last.
 

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!
 

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.