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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.

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Exhibit: Legacy Wall
with partner EQDG
Open viewing June 1 - June 30

The Legacy Wall is a one-of-a-kind, digitally-interactive, traveling exhibit that features "mini-biographies" of LGBTQ people throughout history, from virtually every walk of life, who have contributed in over 20 distinct fields. The content is international and multicultural, and has been substantially vetted and sourced. Visit the Legacy Wall at the Downers Grove Public Library through the end of June.

Celebrate Pride with the library for all ages by searching the event calendar.

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AREA CELEBRATIONS

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Pride in the Park’n Lot
June 11 
Join EQDG and First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove for a family-friendly celebration of Pride in Fishel Park and the First United Methodist Church lot.

Naper Pride
June 1 - 30
Naper Pride's 5th Annual Hometown Pride is a celebration of community and support of Naperville businesses. Stop by Central Park, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, on any Sunday in June from 10am to 12pm to pick up your gift bag, hang out with the community, and enjoy the sun before heading out to support the many colorful area Pride events happening throughout the month.

Chicago Pride Fest
June 17-18
The 2-day street festival in the Northalsted neighborhood features live music on 3 stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, best of Chicago drag performance, Proud Pet Parade, dance exhibitions, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, high heel race for prizes, guest speakers and over 150 food and merchandise vendors. 

Elmhurst Family Pride Fest
June 24
This is a free family-friendly outdoor event, featuring live music, treats, art projects, activities, and so much more! Visit with some of your favorite local businesses, organizations, and artists. Sponsored by EPC and Elmhurst Presbyterian Church.

Chicago Pride Parade
June 25
The 52nd annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from Montrose and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. The parade treks through the north side of the city, ending near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

Discover other Chicago and Illinois Pride events: 

community organizations

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

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 ATS@dglibrary.org.