#OPLSummer Week 5: Reach Out for Pride

It's Pride 2020, and this year we're celebrating by telling the stories of the protests and uprisings that brought us to the present, and that will carry us into the future.

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[Image description: The words #Black Trans Lives Matter are written in the background. A person with brown skin and long black starry hair that fades into the night sky is at the top, and a person with brown skin wearing a pastel rainbow and holding a megaphone at the front of a crowd is at the bottom, with a banner reading "Give us our roses while we're still here" in the background. Art by Ethan X Parker.]

It's Pride 2020, and this year we're celebrating by telling the stories of the protests and uprisings that brought us to the present, and that will carry us into the future. Check out our LGBTQ+ Family Pride event on Saturday, June 27, and keep reading for suggestions of queer community organizations to support, a recommended LGBTQ book list, and ways we're honoring the Stonewall rebellion this year (including links to protests to support #Blacklivesmatter).

Queer community resources & organizations

We're lucky to have many fantastic organizations in the Bay Area. Whether you're looking for a camp, a conference, midwifery or doula help to grow your family, or a support group, you can almost certainly find what you need. Many of these groups have moved their services online to support you from home during this unprecedented time.

Click here to check out our Bay Area resource list, full of links for adults and kids. Some kid- and family-friendly highlights: Our Family Coalition, The Unicorn ProjectGender Spectrum, and the Oakland LGBTQ Center are great places to start!

Book & media recommendations 

Check out our digital book list of titles available on Hoopla or Overdrive. We've got picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade fiction—and the first season of Steven Universe is available, too, if you're looking for something to watch!

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Now that our libraries are open again for sidewalk pickup, you can also put anything from our catalog on hold and have it sent to one of the locations near you. Did you like the thumbnail art of the silhouette with the rainbow behind it? It's from They call me Mix / Me llaman Maestrewritten by Lourdes Rivas, a nonbinary Oakland teacher, and you can put it on hold now!

Did you know you can also search by tags in our catalog? Check out our queer crushes tag for middle grade fiction and graphic novels and our gender diversity tag for picture books and middle grade fiction with trans and gender non-conforming protagonists.

Let us know if you want more recommendations—you can submit a request through Book Me!, or email us with other questions at eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org. If you'd prefer, you can leave a voicemail with your full name and details at 510-238-3134. And for even more ebooks, eaudiobooks, and more, you can browse OverdriveHooplaTumblebookRB Digital, and all of our other online resources! 

Get involved

Finally, check out our list of resources for Working Towards Racial Justice to support #Blacklivesmatter, and keep an eye on SF Funcheap's regularly updated list of protests for family-friendly ways to get out and get involved! 

How are you celebrating Pride this year?

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