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Los Angeles, what’s your queery?

Xochitl Oliva, Librarian, Digitization,
Drum major Terry Dunn, leads the 100-member G.A.Y. Freedom Band down Santa Monica, June 22, 1981.
Drum major Terry Dunn, leads the 100-member G.A.Y. Freedom Band down Santa Monica, June 22, 1981. Herald-Examiner Collection.

On June 14, the Los Angeles Public Library LGBT Services Committee will be leading the first official contingent of Library staff, friends, and family to march in the L.A. Pride Parade, a TLGB celebration. The group of 100 will form a human rainbow marching down Santa Monica Blvd. in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride.

2015 marks the 45th anniversary of the annual parade commemorating the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City in 1969. Los Angeles has the distinction of hosting the nation’s first LGBT pride parade in 1970, while other major cities commemorated the Stonewall Rebellion with marches and protests. Los Angeles also has the distinction of being the site of the nation’s first LGBT rebellion, following police raids at the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake during a New Year’s celebration in 1967.

The Los Angeles Public Library LGBT Services Committee's mission is 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. 

For more information, events, and resources, visit www.lapl.org/lgbt.

A participant in West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade carries a sign which reads, "I Am Out, I Am Free, I Am Human." Photo dated June 28, 1982.

A participant in West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade carries a sign which reads, "I Am Out, I Am Free, I Am Human." Photo dated June 28, 1982. Herald-Examiner Collection.


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