Pride Month Activities at San Francisco Public Library

May 15, 2013


Michelle Jeffers
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Pride Month Activities at San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month this June with author readings, films, spoken word and exhibitions.

Among the highlights is a screening of America’s Most Unwanted, a story of hope and inspiration about queer foster youth in the Bay Area, co-sponsored by Frameline LGBT International Film Festival, and SF CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Shani Heckman, and former foster kids and others impacted by homelessness.  America’s Most Unwanted – June 4, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Local author Michelle Tea hosts the annual RADAR SuperStars Program. This year’s talent includes theater director and former Pomo Afro Homos star Brian Freeman; “masculinity expert” (VICE) and “Self- Made Man” columnist (The Rumpus) Thomas Page McBee; and reformed girl scout, Iranian-American Dynasty Handbag writer, performer and director Jibz Cameron (Escape From the Family Home; Oh, Death; Hell in a Handbag). Radar Superstars, June 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

In association with ITVS Community Cinema, the Library presents the film Love Free or Die, which tells the story of Gene Robinson who was the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the Anglican Church. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by the Rev. Jim Mitulski of the Pacific School of Religion. Love Free or Die, June 18, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, will discuss her beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. Abbott conducted research for her book in the Main Library’s San Francisco History Center. Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, June 20, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St.

The Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library will screen LGBT films this month:  Ma vie en rose and Tomboy.  Ma Vie en Rose, June 8, 2 p.m., Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library.  Tomboy , June 22, 2 p.m. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court at 16th Street.

The Main Library is also screening films in connection with LGBT Pride as part of its regular Thursday@Noon films. On June 20, the film De Lovely (2004, 125 minutes) will be shown. De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. On June 28, the film Saved (2004, 92 minutes) will be screened. This film is about a young girl at a conservative Southern Baptist high school who becomes pregnant while trying to “save” her gay boyfriend. Both films will be screened at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium, at noon.

Exhibitions of books with LGBT themes will be on view at the Main Library:

Celebrate Your True Self with Marcus Ewert’s and Rex Ray’s 10,000 Dresses! –This exhibit highlights the groundbreaking children’s book, 10,000 Dresses, by local author Marcus Ewert and local illustrator Rex Ray, the first transgender book ever written for children. A modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside, this beautiful book from Seven Stories Press was a 2008 Lambda Literary Awards finalist, a 2009 Rainbow List Book, and a 2010 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Honor Book. Exhibition:  June 1 through Aug. 31, 2013, Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center.

From Heather’s Mommies to Tango’s Daddies: The Evolution of Family Affirming Children’s Literature – From the first obscure titles published by a feminist publishing cooperative in the 1970s through to titles published in the last year, Randall Tarpey-Schwed brings to the Library his unique collection of books that portray gay or lesbian parents. Here is the opportunity to view more than 70 books which illustrate how this unique genre evolved despite political controversy. The exhibition also shows how society’s view of the LGBT community has changed. Exhibition:  May 4 Through Aug. 1, 2013, Main Library, Third Floor, Gay & Lesbian Center.

Branch Exhibition:

Discovering Noelie: A Life Lived in Eureka Valley, 1921-1999 – An exhibition exploring the history of Eureka Valley through the display of found objects from one person’s life. Discovered on the stairs outside of the Eureka Valley apartment that she occupied before passing away in 1999, Noelie Jensen’s papers, photo albums and photographs bear witness to a woman who lived her entire life in Eureka Valley.  Her life spanned the change in the neighborhood from the working class, Irish and Swedish immigrant community of Eureka Valley of the early 20th century to the present Gay enclave of The Castro. Augmenting her personal photos are photos taken from the collection of the San Francisco Public library documenting the physical change of the neighborhood as it transformed during the last half of the twentieth century.  The transformation of Eureka Valley to The Castro is told through the photographs of a resident that witnessed the transformation of not only a neighborhood but a city.
Exhibit: June 8 through Oct. 3, 2013, Eureka Valley Branch Library.
1 José Sarria Court (16th Street near Market)


Finally, come out and cheer on library staff and the Green Bookmobile, which will march in the Pride Parade on June 30. More information can be found at