This year, Pride month looks both completely different than we’re used to, while at the same time returning to a form much closer to its origins. Because of the pandemic, celebrations which usually fill the streets in San Francisco are now happening virtually. At the same time our streets are filled with resistance against police violence, a kind of oppression that affects all LGBTQ people and Black LGBTQ people most of all.
Riots and Rights
This is a good time to reflect on the fact that Pride itself started as an uprising, and on the strides in LGBTQ rights made as a result of civil unrest and through the leadership of Black queer and trans people.
Many Bay Area LGBTQ leaders are drawing these connections in “Pride Month begins with calls for police reforms across U.S.“, an article in the Bay Area Reporter.
Below you’ll find resources on the history of LGBTQ activism, and a few profiles of key Black LGTBQ leaders who shaped where we are today and have insight into how we can go forward.
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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
directed by Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman
EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States – a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn.
Stonewall Uprising: Part of PBS’s American Experience series
Directed by David Hellbroner and Kate Davis
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual sex was illegal in every state but Illinois. That night, however, the street erupted into violent protests and demonstrations that lasted for the next six days.
The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Marsha P. Johnson
Read a profile of Marsha P. Johnson’s life and activism, or watch a short clip from CNN titled Marsha P. Johnson: Defender of Transgender Rights.
Visit the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, whose mission is to “protect and defend the human rights of BLACK transgender people.”
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
From Stonewall to present day, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has spent more than 40 years advocating for the marginalized — and she’s got tips for young activists. Read the article.
“You have to find your own way to strike back.” Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy describes how everyday personal acts fuel her political activism.
Watch this profile of Stormé Delarvarie, the activist, organizer, and celebrated drag performer who – legend has it – threw the punch that started a revolution.
Read more about Delarverie’s life, career, and activism.
Black LGBTQ eBooks and eAudiobooks
Since our print collection is currently unavailable, the titles and links below all direct you to our digital ebook and eAudiobook collections, either in Overdrive or Hoopla*.
Read and Listen Through Hoopla
Hoopla titles are all available instantly, without a wait! *Restrictions to using Hoopla apply based on your home address.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (Young Adult Memoir)
Bingo Love series written by Tee Franklin (Graphic Novel, Romance)
The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas (Poetry)
How to Get Over by t’ai freedom ford (Poetry)
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (Romance)
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Fiction)
Since I Laid My Burden Down by Brontez Purnell (Fiction)
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy)
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Cullors (Memoir)
Virtual Pride Events
The great thing about virtual Pride celebrations is that you can attend as many as you want, anywhere in the world! But there are some great things going on locally, too!
North Bay LGBTQ Social Committee. RSVP to the firstname.lastname@example.org to participate via ZOOM.
- Tuesday, June 16, 3 pm- Games Day. We will be playing “Encore”. Directions and explanations will be sent to those interested in participating. RSVP to the email@example.com to participate via ZOOM.
- Tuesday, June 30th, 10 am–Women’s Coffee at 10:00 am.
The Spahr Center will be hosting some special virtual events in addition to their regular discussion groups
Resilience and Resistance: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19
Thursday, June 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm
For more information and to register for this program, please email dvangorder@thespahrcenter.
Marin LGBTQ+ Pride (Virtually)
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 pm
For more information and to register for this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to Age Gayfully (8 week course)
Saturdays, 11 am – 1 pm, starting June 27
For more information or to register, contact Bill Blackburn, The Spahr Center’s Interim Senior Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 415.450.5339
San Francisco will be celebrating 50 years since its first PRIDE celebration! And it will be doing so online.
Stay tuned for more information, including performances, speeches, drag and dance, and DJ sets, and more, and watch some main stage performances from previous years while you wait!
You can find the currently planned line-up of events at the bottom of this article.
Pretty much any city or country you can think of probably has events you can look in on. Here are just a few options to consider:
13 June, Sofia Pride: Facebook Event
We are hosting a special online karaoke concert with the participation of some of the most famous musicians in Bulgaria, drag queens, dancers, vougers and special surprises, so that we can all sing and dance together.
29 August, instagram.com/daddyanddad for updates
Pride At Home UK – Daddy & Dad and Lesbemums
A non-profit, just-for-fun event, Pride At Home UK encourages LGBTQ people, their families and allies to enjoy a picnic, barbeque or party at home and to share a picture or video on social media on the day with the hashtag #PrideAtHomeUK.
When: Nightly at 9 p.m., EDT
Where: Follow Club Quarantine on Instagram for Zoom passcodes.
A hush-hush lineup of international DJs and performers. The biggest perk? No lines around the block.
50 Years of Pride Photography Exhibit
When: on view through 2020
Where: GLBT Historical Society Website
Lambda Literary Does Pride
When: Tuesday and Thursday evenings through June
Where: Get tickets here.
Actor Wilson Cruz kicks off a month of readings and discussions presented by the nation’s top LGBTQ+ literature organization.