Welcome to LA County Library’s Pride page! Here you will find resources and materials that inform about and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles County and beyond. This page will be updated regularly so check back for more new and exciting booklists, art activities, learning pathways, and more, for all ages.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month: During October we’re recognizing and honoring the historical figures and pivotal moments in LGBTQ+ history with virtual programs, activities, and booklists.
Friday, October 1, 11 am
Smarty Pants Storytime: LGBTQ+ History Month
Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with stories, songs, and rhymes while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For kids ages 2 – 5 with their parent or caregiver. Register here.
Tuesday, October 26, 4 pm
Trailblazers in Conversation: Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, join us for a conversation between Library Director Skye Patrick and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl as they discuss Supervisor Kuehl’s groundbreaking work as the first openly gay or lesbian person elected to the California Legislature and her continued passion for equity, inclusiveness, and equality for all in LA County! For a general audience. Register here.
2021 LGBTQ+ History Month Virtual Film Festival
Throughout October we’re sharing clips from some of our favorite queer films in the Kanopy collection. Use your LA County Library card to watch the whole film on Kanopy, and afterwards check out the accompanying viewing guide for reflective questions, related resources, and further learning opportunities.
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days.
In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, this film follows the titular character (Chloe Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night.
Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Quickly learn how to navigate the ONE Archives at USC Libraries, “the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.” The Archives house over two million items, some of which have been digitized for your research and browsing needs. This video gives you a quick and succinct tutorial on how best to access material pertaining to LGBTQ events and figures. Here you can explore and discover ONE Archives’ fascinating primary-source material revealing LGBTQ history!
Quickly learn how to navigate Archives Unbound, one of the Library’s primary source databases covering a wide range of topics such as African American Studies to Health and Environmental Studies to Law, Politics, and Radical Studies. This video gives you a quick and succinct tutorial, using Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, on how best to access material pertaining to LGBTQ events and figures. Discover how Archives Unbound and its resources connect you to LGBTQ history!
Quickly learn how to navigate the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, one of the Library’s LGBTQ databases. This video gives you a quick and succinct tutorial on how best to access material pertaining to LGBTQ events and figures. Here you can explore and discover fascinating primary-source material revealing LGBTQ history!
LGBT Collection at the West Hollywood Library
Our West Hollywood Library holds our LGBT Collection, a comprehensive collection of LGBT fiction and non-fiction literature and history in a variety of formats: books, journals, periodicals, VHS, and DVD. The collection reflects the rich history, culture, and experiences of the LGBT community both locally and globally. It includes popular and academic materials, out-of-print and hard-to-find titles, LGBT classics, current bestsellers, and new Lambda Literary Award winners and nominees.