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Pride Month

Santa Cruz Public Libraries is celebrating Pride Month throughout June. Discover book recommendations, join us for free events, explore illuminating resources, and much more—for all ages. Happy Pride!


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ+ Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ+Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+Americans.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Santa Cruz History:

The first Santa Cruz Pride event took place in the summer of 1975 and was organized by Lesbian and Gay Men’s Union (LAGMU). This group started at Cabrillo College. The week-long celebration took place over four days and included workshops, dances, and concerts. It ended with a day of picnicking, music, poetry, in San Lorenzo Park. Since then, Santa Cruz Pride has continued to grow. Learn more here.

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