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Queens Public Library will be marching in the Queens Pride Parade on Sunday, June 5 at 12pm in Jackson Heights. Come on out to support us! For more details about the parade, visit www.newqueenspride.org.

Play Kahoot! Challenge: Beyond the Rainbow (Virtual)


Let us take a dive into the long history of LGBTQ+ identity, and expand our horizons beyond the political drama of the last few decades. On our journey, we will meet artists, intellectuals, and other remarkable people who bucked the status quo long before the Stonewall Riots were a twinkle in anyone’s eyes. Play here: https://queenslib.org/3sYGics.

Kickoff To Pride Month: Love Wins Food Pantry Meal Giveaway* (In-Person)

Wednesday, June 1, 3pm
Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Join us on Wednesday, June 1st at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center to celebrate Pride and provide fresh free food to our trans and LGBTQ+ community (no RSVP required).

Love Wins Food Pantry is an LGBTQ-led and community-based effort created to address the growing food insecurity among our Queens neighbors. The Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo is a social organization that promotes the development of the integral, cultural, and social health of TransGNC people and people with gender-diverse identities in Queens.

Kickoff To Pride Month: Hair Show* (In-Person)

Wednesday, June 1, 6pm
Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Join us at Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center to kick off Pride Month with two hours full of artistic expression, a hair show by Queens hair stylist MellStylez!, music and a vogue performance.

Kickoff to Pride Month: Art Exhibit* (In-Person)

Wednesday, June 1, 6pm
Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona


Join us at Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center to kick off Pride Month with two hours full of artistic expression, an art reception and exhibit by Queens' very own Carlos Buelva!"  

Religion and Sexuality: An Interview with Amber Cantorna (Virtual)

Thursday, June 2, 5:30pm
Virtual


Please join us as we speak with Amber Cantorna, creator of the Unashamed Love Collective and author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed. The daughter of a 30+ year executive at Focus on the Family, she lost everything when she came out and now shares her experiences as a Christian and a Lesbian. A discussion on multifaceted identity and what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community while being a Christian.
Join here: https://queenslib.org/3LlNqpu
Password: Queens2022 (78336720 from phones)

Drag Story Hour* (In-Person)

Friday, June 3, 3:30pm
Jackson Heights
35-51 81 Street


Please join Queens Public Library for Drag Story Hour! This program features a drag performer reading picture books, singing songs, and leading children in a craft activity. This event is funded by the New York City Council.

DIY Meditation Stones: PRIDE Edition (In-Person)

Saturday, June 4, 2pm
Rochdale Village
169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica


Design and paint your own meditation stone. This meditation stone craft is inspired by “mandalas”, a round, intricate, symmetrical design or pattern that is created from scratch as a meditation practice. All materials provided. Register by calling 718-723-4440.

My Pride Story Showcase* (In-Person)

Saturday, June 4, 3pm
Jackson Heights
35-51 81 Street


Join the Queens Memory team for a kick off to Queens Pride weekend with a staged reading of an original work by the What Will the Neighbors Say? theater company. This production features the writing and lived experiences of participants from the My Pride Story writing workshops conducted in May 2022. This performance will be presented by an all-queer cast and director as a celebration of the strength and humanity of all LGBTQIA+ folks.

Tween Tuesdays: Showing Your Pride (In-Person)

Tuesday, June 7, 3:30pm
Astoria
14-01 Astoria Boulevard


Tweens (ages 10+) are invited to join us at Astoria on Tuesday at 3:30 for crafts, games, and more!

Drag Story Hour* (In-Person)

Tuesday, June 7, 4pm
Elmhurst
86-07 Broadway


Please join Queens Public Library for Drag Story Hour! This program features a drag performer reading picture books, singing songs, and leading children in a craft activity. This event is funded by the NYC Council.

The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas / Mes del Orgullo LGBTQ: La Disidencia de Reinaldo Arenas* (Virtual)

Thursday, June 9, 6pm
Virtual


The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas: Queering Literature, Politics, and the Activist Curriculum explores the didactical nature of the late Cuban queer dissident Reinaldo Arenas’s creative writing. We consider Arenas as a public pedagogue, mentor, and social activist who continues to influence generations of dissident writers and artists in Latin America and beyond. In our dialogue, we present our individual critical readings of Arenas’s writing and discuss each other’s interpretations.
Join here: https://queenslib.org/36vcM5z

La Disidencia de Reinaldo Arenas: La Literatura Cuir, La Política y El Currículo Activista explora la naturaleza didáctica de la escritura creativa del difunto disidente queer cubano Reinaldo Arenas. Consideramos a Arenas como un pedagogo público, mentor y activista social que continúa influyendo en generaciones de escritores y artistas disidentes en América Latina y más allá. En nuestro diálogo, presentamos nuestras lecturas críticas individuales de los escritos de Arenas y discutimos las interpretaciones de cada uno.
Únete aqui: https://queenslib.org/3FVR34z
Password: Pride

Drag Story Hour* (In-Person)

Saturday, June 11, 2pm
Hunters Point
47-40 Center Boulevard, Long Island City


Please join Queens Public Library for Drag Story Hour! This program features a drag performer reading picture books, singing songs, and leading children in a craft activity. This event is funded by the NYC Council.

Pride Celebration With Urban Word (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 14, 5pm
Virtual


This June, the spirit of Pride comes alive through spoken word poetry. Join us as we bring the voices of LGBTQ+ poets to a live, virtual stage to present work that inspires and educates; commemorating the many lives lost in the march towards equality, and celebrating those who’ve survived these injustices.
Use this link to join the celebration: https://queenslib.org/3FVR34z
Password: Pride

The Sound Of Pride - Pop Music That Has Brought LGBTQ+ To The World (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 15, 11am
Virtual


In this event, we will celebrate music from and inspired by LGBTQ+ musicians. We will discuss and enjoy queer history in music, notable artists, and great music, from 70's disco by Sylvester to 80's icons Marc Almond and Boy George to 90's game-changers K.D. Lang and Indigo Girls to international LGBTQ+ musicians blowing up music charts today.
Join here: https://queenslib.org/3v8fc2R
Meeting #: 2334 572 8403 Password: 0615

Pride Writing Workshop with Urban Word (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 15, 5pm
Virtual

Our Pride Month celebration also features writing workshops, facilitated by Urban Word Mentor Teaching Artists, centered around gender identity and sexual orientation. LGBTQ+ youth and allies alike are invited to dive, pen-first, into their unique experiences, uncover their own pearls of wisdom, and lift their voices to the light. To register, email teenprograms@queenslibrary.org.

Teen Craft: Pin Your Pride (In-Person)

Thursday, June 16, 4pm
Flushing
41-17 Main Street


Design your own pin-back button to show off the things that make you proud!

Drag Story Hour* (In-Person)

Friday, June 17, 4pm
Woodside
54-22 Skillman Avenue


Please join Queens Public Library for Drag Story Hour! This program features a drag performer reading picture books, singing songs, and leading children in a craft activity. This event is funded by the New York City Council.

Following the Beat: The Queer Reclamation of William S. Burroughs* (Virtual)

Friday, June 24, 7pm
Virtual


In celebration of Pride Month, QPL's Culture Connection is pleased to present a discussion with the editors of the essay anthology Fever Spores: The Queer Reclamation of William S. Burroughs. Editors Brian Alessandro and Tom Cardamone will share their efforts to bring the legendary Beat writer into the gay literary canon. They will also talk about their interviews with David Cronenberg, Tony Kushner, and Fran Lebowitz, who recounted their experiences with and analyses of Burroughs. This program will be moderated by critically acclaimed author Matthew Specktor.
Join here: Facebook (www.facebook.com/QPLNYC) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/QueensPublicLibrary)

Pride Month Craft (In-Person)

Saturday, June 25, 10:30am
East Elmhurst
95-06 Astoria Boulevard


Join us to make rainbow slime in honor of Pride Month! Best for children ages 3+.

Wellness Wednesdays: Cancer Prevention In The LGBTQIA+ Community (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 29, 12pm
Virtual


Join our Community Health Educator Christopher Galarza for Wellness Wednesdays! This program is designed to help you foster healthy habits and lay the foundation for a balanced lifestyle. For this event, we'll speak about cancer prevention with the American Cancer Society. Join on Facebook or YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC or https://www.youtube.com/QueensPublicLibrary.

*These programs are part of Queens Rising, a multi-disciplinary arts celebration created to highlight the borough's culture and creative diversity. To learn more, visit https://queensrising.nyc/.