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Pride 2024 Library Card Contest

SDPL 2023 PRIDE card contest winner

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Pride 2024 Library Card Contest

Pride 2024 Library Card Contest Theme - Making History Now

San Diego Public Library needs YOUR help designing our PRIDE 2024 commemorative card! This contest is open to artists of all ages with a design that celebrates the theme of Making History Now. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride marches in San Diego! Express how you would honor our past victories and give hope to future generations. Grand Prize winner receives a $100 gift card and their design printed on our PRIDE library card!


  • One entry per person.
  • Must be your own original artwork.
  • Artwork must fit within the template.
  • Design must include a keychain card version.
  • Artwork celebrates the theme of Making History Now.

Submit your entry by emailing or in-person at any of our 36 library locations


Download Pride 2024 Library Card Contest Submission Form

Pride Library Card Collection

In partnership with San Diego Pride and with the support of Library Foundation SD, the Pride Library Card Contest is an annual spring tradition that engages the creativity and talent of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community and our allies. Every year a grand prize winner’s artwork is selected by community and their design is printed onto the Pride library card that is made available.

Contest Winners

  • 2023 - Claude Castañeda
  • 2022 – Leslie Pagel
  • 2021 – Clara
  • 2020 – Jasmine Nguyen
  • Photo of 2023 Pride Card library winner
  • Photo of 2022 Pride Card library winner
  • Photo of 2021 Pride Card library winner
  • Photo of 2020 Pride Card library winner

On their 2023 winning design, Claude states, “Find your voice, to me, means being authentically yourself. I’d like this artwork to remind everyone to continue to be true to themselves in the face of adversity and find their own voice and space within our community. While the tone of my piece is one of joy, the current push to vilify trans people, drag performers, and people of color, inspired me to take a lot of the anxiety that surrounds those negative thoughts into showcasing someone who embodies all of that to the forefront. By being visible, genuine, and by continuing to fight, I know we’ll persist in instilling change and further action for a place where we can all be ourselves and thrive.”

LGBTQIA+ History and Culture

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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.


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Lambda Archives of San Diego
Lambda Archives of San Diego collects, preserves, and shares the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in San Diego, Northern Baja California, and the Imperial County region. Research appointments may be requested via the Lambda Archives website.

Community 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 Pride
    San Diego 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.
  • Rainbow Book Month™ | Round Tables ( Rainbow Book Month™ is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community. Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in LGBTQIA+ literature.

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