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LGBTQIA Library Services

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.

San Diego Public Library LGBTQIA committee


Featured Programs

Rail bar
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Paul Detwiler
Monday, October 14th | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego’s Gay Bar History examines the roles bars have played across three major time periods: after WWII until the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969; during the 1970s and until the onset of HIV in 1981; during the AIDS epidemic (1981-1995). And beyond. This Emmy-nominated film provides a fascinating glimpse into San Diego’s storied gay past. A One Book, One San Diego event.
Tongues Untied movie poster
Friday, October 18th | 7 - 9 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
Join us for a 30th anniversary screening of the ground-breaking film Tongues Untied by late filmmaker Marlon Riggs. Film curator Cornelius Moore, a colleague of Riggs’ who was involved in the film’s production and appeared in the cast will lead the discussion after the film. Made to “shatter this nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference”, this bold and beautiful film combines poetry, performance, and music into a personal and universal statement on the experiences and resulting persecution of Black gay men. Met with a storm of controversy that reached all the way to Congress, Tongues Untied remains a radical act of representation.
Photo of Ruth Ellis
20th Anniversary Screening
Thursday, November 14th | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
When Ruth Ellis died in 2000 at the age of 101, she was thought to be the oldest “out” African American lesbian known. Directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, who will be present to lead the post-screening discussion of her film. Living with Pride is an extraordinary film about a most remarkable woman. The film won 10 best documentary film awards and offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of American history as lived by one inspiring woman.

Upcoming Events

Jan 253pm - 4pm
Jan 262:30pm - 4:30pm

Introduction to Gouache Painting Class

Emerging Adults (18-25), Adult

Feb 22:30pm - 4:30pm

Introduction to Gouache Painting Class

Emerging Adults (18-25), Adult

Feb 92:30pm - 4:30pm

Introduction to Gouache Painting Class

Emerging Adults (18-25), Adult

Feb 116pm - 8pm

Gay Men's Book Club

Emerging Adults (18-25), Adult, Older Adults

  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display
  • San Diego Library Pride Month Display

Book Recommendations


  • 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.

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.
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