LGBTQ Pride at the Library

Following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage, ALOUD brings to the stage two of today’s most influential champions for equality. On Monday, October 19, hear from Roberta Kaplan, the renowned litigator who recently won the defining United States v. Windsor case to defeat the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Kaplan will be in conversation with award-winning activist and scholar Lillian Faderman as the two discuss their new books, both of which explore the modern struggle for equal rights.


The Los Angeles Public Library celebrates LGBTQ pride all year long, and we checked in with Xochitl Oliva, digitization librarian archivist and the co-chair of LAPL’s LGBT Services Committee, about the many LGBT services of the Library. Here are some of Oliva’s recommendations below.


Los Angeles Public Library staffers taking part in L.A.'s Gay Pride Parade.
Los Angeles Public Library staffers taking part in L.A.’s Gay Pride Parade.

Visit the Los Angeles Public Library’s LGBT Services website at to see our suggestions for books about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning characters or issues for readers of all ages.

For example, this reading list of Adult Books with Gay Characters, which includes Judith Frank’s All I Love and Know and The Andy Warhol Diaries, and also this list of Young Adult Books with Transgender, Crossdressing, Intersex and Queer Characters, which includes books such as Kirstin Cronn-Mills’ Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.

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The Silver Lake Branch LGBTQ Book Club meets every third Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 1:30. Everyone is invited, allies included. Copies of each month’s titles are available for check-out at the Information Desk. On October 17, the group will be discussing The Bridge by Hart Crane. On November 21, the group will discuss The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.


On Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm, QueerWise, a writing and spoken word performance collective of out lesbian and gay seniors, will perform at the Silver Lake Branch.

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The LGBTQ Services Committee strives to ensure that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities have access to the best information and feel that they belong to a welcoming community of library users. What’s your queery? Reach us at [email protected].


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