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Pride and Protest

Pride has its roots in protest. Pride Month commemorates the June 1969 Stonewall Riots, where predominantly Black trans femmes fought for their right to exist freely against a police force raid seeking to 'check the sex' of bar customers by physical examination.

It is because of this legacy that we take Pride month as an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of resistance in the face of oppression. Our communities have seen an increase in anti-LGBTQ and anti-trans government policies that infringe on the rights of our members. At the same time, we see corporations capitalizing on the aesthetics of Pride with none of the protest.

A beautiful feature of queerness and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community is that one's very existence as oneself makes the world a safer and more loving place. One's very existence is resistance against hate and cruelty. This does not come without pain. As an organization founded by Lesbians, our mission has always served LGBTQIA+ communities. And while the world continues to resist oppression, we make space to honor the place Pride holds in this fight.

We view literature as a way to change minds and change the world. With that goal in mind, we would like to spotlight some of our LGBTQIA+ reads. If you’re looking to learn more about LGBTQIA+ history or support Queer authors, we hope our books can serve you.

Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women's Music by Ginny Z Berson

  • A Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet by Judy Grahn Introduction by Patricia Holt

  • ¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants / Testimonios de Inmigrantes Latinos LGBT by Juliana Delgado Lopera

  • The Two Mujeres By Sara Levi Calderón Translated by Gina Kaufer

Pride Celebrations!

  • San Francisco Pride Festival

    • Celebration June 25th & 26th — 11am-6pm Parade June 26th — begins 10:30am

  • Oakland Black Pride Festival

    • June 22-26, 2022

LGBTQIA+ Orgs and Resources

  • Queer Lifespace

    • This nonprofit counseling agency aims to bring sustainable mental health and substance abuse services to the queer community of San Francisco.

  • Queer Women Of Color Media Arts Project

    • QWOCMAP offers consultation, videography, editing, and production services to individual artists as well as serving nonprofits, foundations, and arts organizations.

  • Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

    • The East Bay’s most prevalent LGBTQ community center and service provider, this location has plenty of options for support, socializing, and more.

  • Lyric Center for LGBTQQ Youth, San Francisco

    • LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.


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