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LGBTQIA+ Services

San Diego Public Library LGBTQIA Committee

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.

2020 Pride Card

Our 2020 Commemorative Pride card for San Diego Pride, is HERE! This card was the winning design of Jasmine Nguyen, a young patron from Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, selected from our citywide contest.
Signing up for a new card or still looking for your old one? This card will be among the available options at any of our locations offering limited in-person library services.
Pride Card


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In 2020, the San Diego Public Library is celebrating LGBT History Month by honoring the intersectionality that makes the LGBTQIA+ community so unique.

Bayard Rustin

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, when Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat led to boycotts and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, there in the background of these historic events sat gay Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin (1912-1987). Rustin, who helped organize both events, was often sidelined in history due to his homosexuality. According to The Washington Post (2020), his sexuality, and the legal troubles he suffered because of it, nearly blacked his name out of the movement he was fundamental in creating. Rustin often found himself distanced from other prominent civil rights figures because they did not want his sexual identity associated with the progress they were trying to attain (New York Times, 2020). Due to his focus on civil rights, Rustin did not begin to get involved with advocacy within the LGBTQ+ community until the 1980’s.
Fifty years after the March on Washington, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Bayard Rustin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, accepted by Rustin’s longtime partner at the time of his death, Walter Naegle.
In 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom posthumously pardoned Rustin for his 1953 arrest under laws that were recognized for notoriously criminalizing LGBTQ+ individuals. The arrest resulted in Bayard Rustin temporarily retreating from the civil rights movement, spending 50 days in a Los Angeles County jail and being required to register as a sex offender. Those who lobbied for the pardon referred to the laws as “unjust tools of oppression.” Local California State Assembly member Shirley Weber, one of the many to fight for justice for Rustin, acknowledged the predicament that the timing of his intersectionality, being Black and gay, created, stating that “the sheer fact of being either or both could land you in jail”.
Want to learn more about Bayard Rustin? Check out these great titles today!

Angie Xtravaganza

When Puerto Rican, transgender teenager Angie ran away from her violent home life, she never imagined that at just 18-years-old she would become the House Mother of the newly founded House of Xtravaganza, the only all-Latinx house of the time. Angie thrived in her new surroundings, finding family in her new house and brief fame in the 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning. The film, a testament to the impact of 1980’s Latinx and African-American ballroom culture, focused on the trials, tribulations and triumphs endured by the underground subculture that took its’ name from the European fashion scene. Angie continued to be a trailblazer in her own right, taking in homeless queer youth and introducing them to a level of authenticity that was unheard of at the time. Angie and the House of Xtravaganza continue to influence culture, fashion and performing arts spaces to this day, having inspired “The Slap of Love”, a story penned by Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham, Madonna’s “Vogue” and FX Network’s ongoing musical drama, Pose.
On March 31, 1993, Angie Xtravaganza succumbed to AIDS-related liver disease. She was 28-years-old.
Weeks after her death, The New York Times published a quote from her son, Hector Xtravaganza, saying “a mother is one who raises a child, not one who borns it” (1993). Though there are accessible interviews and insights from those close to her, little is known about Angie Xtravaganza’s life previous to her House Mother days. Despite this, it is still clear that Angie was absolutely……extravagant.
Want more of Mother Angie? Check out these materials today!

B.D. Wong

Chinese-American actor, B.D. Wong has been gracing the screen with his charm since 1983. Born and raised in San Francisco, Wong is best recognized for his longtime stint as FBI psychiatrist Dr. Huang on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, though he has also had significant voiceover roles in iconic works such as Mulan I and II, and the Lego Jurassic World mini-series (Cornell, 2018).
In an interview with KQED FM, B.D. was once quoted as stating that “there were no Asian people [in television and film], and the gay people weren’t positive…a double insult. It made me not want to be those things” when asked about how he came to terms with his intersecting Asian-American and gay identities (2019). Many of Wong’s film and television roles have seen him playing non-heterosexual characters, such as his portrayal of painter Kico Govantes in the 1993 made-for-tv film adaptation of “And the Band Played On”, a story following the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic and the scientists, doctors and communities that encountered it.
After losing one of his twins sons, B.D. Wong wrote a memoir about the surrogacy process titled “Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man”. At the age of 15, his surviving son, who he co-parents with his ex-partner, came out as gay as well. In 2018, Wong married Richert Schnorr in Brooklyn, New York.
Goldsea Asian American Daily has named B.D. Wong as one of the 130 most inspiring Asian Americans of all time.
Want more of B.D. Wong? Check out these titles today:

Lilly Singh

When Indian-Canadian Youtuber Lilly Singh came out as bisexual via social media in 2018, she did not imagine her life would change as much as it has since then. Singh has started many discussions, both online and off, about the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity and sexuality and the ways in which she has had to learn to embrace the many facets of her identity. Several other South Asian celebrities have hoped that Lilly’s coming out helps initiate multi-generational conversations and facilitate a sense of normalcy in owning one’s sexuality in South Asian culture (BBC, 2019).
Since coming out, Singh has openly reflected on what the process, and the aftermath, has been like for her. Calling the ordeal “one of the scariest experiences” of her life in her one-year-later Instagram post. What Singh used to believe were obstacles in her life, she now refers to as her “superpowers” (Billboard, 2019).
Though Singh has been posting videos online since 2013, her success has skyrocketed in the last five years, landing her a spot on Forbes’ Top-Earning YouTube Stars of 2015 list. Her YouTube channel currently boasts nearly 15 million subscribers. In 2017, Singh published her first book titled “How to Be A Bawse”. She has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, has graced several renowned magazine covers across the Northern Hemisphere, owns her own production company, and is the first queer person of color to have their own late-night talk show on NBC, A Little Late With Lilly Singh, according to Business Insider (2020).
Her two-part primetime debut Sketchy Times with Lilly Singh will be premiering on NBC.
Want more of Lilly Singh? Make sure to check her out:

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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.

2020 Pride Library Card

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. 89 designs were submitted and one winner was chosen from each of three age categories: Children, Teen, Adult. The top three winners will receive a $100 gift card to the Library Shop located at the Central Library. And the winners are.....
Children's Category Favorite and the card chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2020 Pride Library Card by Jasmine Nguyen
Children's Category Favorite and the design chosen to represent the San Diego Public Library as the 2020 Pride Library Card.
Artwork by Jasmine Nguyen from the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library
2020 Pride Card Teen Category Favorite by Kailani Thrasher
Teen Category Favorite
Artwork by Kailani Thrasher from the Balboa Branch Library
2020 Pride Card Adult Category Favorite by Jessica Halley
Adult Category Favorite
Artwork by Jessica Halley from the Mira Mesa Branch Library
Thank you to all the artists who submitted their designs. We look forward to distributing the 2020 Pride Library Card in October in recognition of the LGBT+ History Month.

2019 Pride Library Card

San Diego Public Library Pride 2019 Card
In partnership with San Diego LGBT Pride, the San Diego Public Library is presenting our first-ever San Diego LGBT Pride commemorative card. The design concept was developed by the San Diego Public Library's LGBTQIA committee and carried out by local San Diegan artist and library employee Rachel Murray. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Art from SDSU, she also has previous experience working as a live caricature artist.
These commemorative cards will be issued at our Lit Cafe booth, located at the San Diego Pride Festival, as well as all San Diego Public Library locations beginning Friday, June 12. Quantities are limited to what is on hand at each location.
Commemorative cards are no longer available as all were given out during the month of June 2019.