Each year Madison Public Library celebrates Pride month in June with events, books and resources. However, we also have LGBTQ+ events happening year-round. See below for more information about how Madison Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride.
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Pride Teen Book Club
Saturday, June 4, 2-3:30pm - Sequoya Library (Iron Heart by Nina Varela)
This club is a safe space for LGBTQ+ identified teen readers and their allies! Casual and fun, we will be meeting once a month to connect over shared experiences and discover new inclusive books. Print and audio copies will be made available by the library. Especially for teens ages 13-18 in 8th-12th grade, younger middle school students are welcome, but please be prepared for the full range of themes and situations in young adult (teen) literature.
The Lakeview Pride Film Festival takes place on the first four Thursday and Friday evenings during the month of June. The selections include feature-length films, documentaries and anime that celebrate LGBTQ+ people and stories during Pride Month. See all the dates + the lineup.
Saturday, June 18, 6-10pm
Briarpatch's Teens Like Us program is hosting a Pride Prom at Central Library on Saturday, June 18th from 6-10 p.m. This is the second year the event has been held at Central Library.
Pride Prom is a dance for LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-19. All Teens Like Us members, friends, partners and other queer youth are welcome to attend. Music, dance and food will be available, as well as quiet space if needed. Music will be provided by DJ Femme Noir, a local Madison DJ who bring an eclectic array of music to every set. There will also be a Queer Clothing Swap, so bring your old clothes and swap them for something new. Youth can participate whether they bring something to swap or not. REGISTER TO ATTEND
Youth Services Librarians Rachel Lavender and Savannah Carr worked with the Wisconsin Book Festival to put on an event about the book "We Will Always Be Here", written by local authors Jenny Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson. The event had 98 virtual participants, and teens gathered at the Lakeview and Goodman South branches to have watch parties. Kalvaitis and Whitson talked about using primary and secondary sources in their work, and they also discussed the LGBTQ+ activism of Black and rural communities in Wisconsin. The book is available for checkout at Madison Public Libraries in both physical and eBook formats. Click here to watch the interview!
LGBTQ+ Wellness Guide
In 2021, Youth Services Librarian Savannah Carr worked with community partners to create an inclusive LGBTQ+ Wellness Guide for Madison and the surrounding area. The guide includes a list of providers and resources for mental health, physical health, sexual health, and more with an emphasis on queer-owned or queer-run sources. This pocket guide will be available at local businesses and healthcare clinics for people to take with them.
From the guide: Madison Public Library welcomes and supports the LGBTQ+ community of Dane County and understands that the fight for LGBTQ+ equity in America is far from over, especially for transgender people and queer folx of color. We also understand that support goes well beyond rainbows, flags or even books. We hope this guide informs and empowers users to access the services they need. You are loved, supported, and seen by Madison Public Library during Pride and throughout the year.
Notary Service at Goodman South Madison Library
The Goodman South Madison Library is happy to introduce a new free notary service, as well as a new free faxing service. If you are in the process of changing your name or gender marker and need either of these services, please call 608-266-6395 to schedule an appointment.
LGBTQ+ Book Lists
- LGBTQ+ History, Biographies, and Memoirs
- LGBTQ+ Reads for Black History Month (and any other time of year)!
- LGBTQ+ Recommended Fiction
- LGBTQ+ Romances
- Spanish LGBTQ+ Reads
- LGBTQ+ Staff Members' Favorite Books
- Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Expansive Characters
- LGBTQ+ Picture Books
- LGBTQ+ for Middle Grades and YA Readers
Stay in touch and learn more about LGBTQ+ programs, book lists and community work happening at the library throughout the year by signing up for our LGBTQ+ Insider Newsletter.
Pride In the Community
Thursday, June 16, 5:30-7:30pm
You're invited to join the award-winning Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for their 2022 Pride Business Showcase, presented by U.S. Bank. This free event is an opportunity to celebrate Pride Month, as well as to network with different businesses and individuals that support the LGBTQ community. RSVP HERE
Sunday, August 21, 1-6PM at Warner Park
OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center will be hosting their 4th Annual Magic Pride Festival LIVE in person on Sunday, August 21 from 1-6PM at Warner Park! The 2022 Magic Pride Festival will include a stage show with local LGBTQ+ identified performers, large vendor area, games and activities for youth and families, food and beverages, and more! Learn more
Reach Out & Read Podcast
LGBTQ+ children’s books play a crucial role in offering ‘mirrors and windows’ for all children and their caregivers, yet they remain not only hard to find, but often challenged by society. In Part 1 of our two-part series, we’ll explore the craft and creativity behind LGBTQ+ children’s literature with Lesléa Newman, author of 75 books including the well-known Heather Has Two Mommies, and Kyle Lukoff, author of Call Me Max and When Aidan Became A Brother.
In Part 2 of our series on LGBTQ+ children’s books, we talk to Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo, a professor at the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies. We discuss how to evaluate LGBTQ+ books for kids, common portrayals of ‘rainbow families’ in children’s books, balancing accessibility and privacy issues for books around these topics, and, of course why, year after year, LGBTQ+ children’s books continue to be the most challenged genre.
Local LGBTQ+ History
As we celebrate this month, we can also look back at the history of LGBTQ life in Madison and Dane County. Beginning with a few oral histories, this UW-Madison Archive collection features a diverse array of materials and voices from the LGBTQ community. Explore the collection for oral histories, personal papers, photographs, ephemera and organizational records related to LGBTQ life in Madison and Dane County from the 1940s to the present.
Billed as "Wisconsin's Source for LGBTQ News + People + Community + Culture Since 2007". Some libraries have current print issues for free, or check out all print issues from our collection back to 2011.