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PRIDE

celebrate our lgbtq+ community!

Attend a virtual program celebrating LGBTQ+ lives, read books and explore resources about Pride, and hear about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community today.

Pride events

Celebrate Pride with the library at these highlighted events! Find more Pride events for all ages by searching the event calendar.

OutWords Journey Storytelling Picnic
with partner EQDG
Saturday, June 4, 1 p.m.

Grab chairs or a blanket, and join us for an inspirational afternoon of storytelling. Sharing personal experiences connects the storyteller and the audience, which creates new perspectives, enlightens, start conversations, and may even change a heart.

Order a picnic lunch through Cadence Kitchen or Pierce Tavern beginning May 17 or bring your own! Orders must be placed by June 1; pick up baskets at Fishel Park before the event.

Sponsors:

  • Todd Davies, Chef/Owner, Cadence Kitchen & Co.
  • Sam Vlahos, Owner, Pierce Tavern

LGBTQIA+ Community Acceptance & Inclusion Panel
with partner EQDG
Monday, June 6, 7 p.m.
Registration Required.

Join community members and leaders for a panel discussion on ideas for creating a more inclusive community.

Panel members:

  • Dr. Erin Ludwick, Associate Principal of Student Services, Downers Grove North
  • Ashley O'Connor, EQDG Board member, DGS Class of 2022
  • Leslie Sadowski-Fugitt, Downers Grove Village Commissioner and Youth Outlook volunteer
  • Karen Taylor, Associate Principal for Staff & Students, Downers Grove South
  • Andi Voinovich, Youth Outlook Program Leader
Register Here

COMMUNITY pride

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Youth Outlook is the first social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to support the LGBTQ+ youth. A Youth Outlook drop-in center will open in Downers Grove later this fall, offering support for youth, parents, and our community. 

Learn more about Youth Outlook

Equality Downers Grove (EQDG) is a non-profit organization in Downers Grove. EQDG  is creating an accepting and equitable environment for LGBTQ+ people through education, support, social action and advocacy. We partner with allies to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community and envision a village where everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Learn more about EQDG

PFLAG DuPage is a national non-profit organization, committed to advancing equality and achieving full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.  

Learn more about PFLAG

AREA CELEBRATIONS

Chicago Pride Fest
June 18-19

The festival features live music by headline artists and local favorites, 3 stages, food and drink, 150+ arts/crafts vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, sponsored presence, games, giveaways and more.

Chicago Pride Parade
June 26

The annual parade marks the uprising, outside New York’s landmark Stonewall Inn, which began the Gay Rights Movement.

Other Area Pride Events

Films & Music

PBS Documentaries
PBS' curated collection of films, series, and short stories. 

Hoopla Documentaries
Streaming a variety of films from Hoopla, accessible through the Downers Grove Public Library website with your DGPL library card. Type LGBTQ in the search bar to find titles.

DGPL Binge Box: LGBTQ+
A collection of DVDs all gathered into one "binge box", along with coupons for popcorn and pizza, for a spectacular movie night. Contains The Danish Girl, Call Me By Your Name, Moonlight, Disobedience, Boy Erased.

LGBTQ+ resources

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The American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The LGBT+ Collection includes over 500 public radio and televisions programs and original materials contributed to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

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The Digital Transgender Archive 

This online hub collects digital materials and archives from all over the world.

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Gerber/Hart Library & Archives

This library and archive seeks to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of the LGBTQ* communities in Chicago and the Midwest in order to advance the larger goal of achieving justice and equality. Has In-person and online exhibits, plus print, audio, and video digital resources.

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Lesbian HerStory Archive

This archive houses the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities; their digital collection also  includes an array of oral histories and other recordings.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a vast collection of accessible material, including audio and video interviews, historical footage, legal and civil rights issues, manuscripts, art, and more. 

Click for more LOC resources.

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Stonewall National Museum and Archives

In addition to being able to browse their archival materials, the museum is hosting a series of free and open to the public programs via Zoom.

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LGBTQ Flags

This slideshow helps to explain the meaning behind and the origin of 13 different flags the LGBTQ community uses to feel seen and heard.

Book LISTS

Adults
Older Kids
Teens
Younger Kids
Nonfiction & Parenting

For more information or questions email AskUs@dglibrary.org.