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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
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Contact: Communications and Development
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Contact: Communications and Development

The Free Library Celebrates Pride Month Virtually This June

PHILADELPHIA, May 27, 2021—The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Pride Month with free, virtual programming throughout the month of June celebrating LGBTQ+ lives, stories, and histories. The online programming will include self-care workshops, book talks, lectures, singalong storytimes, and more.

Below are highlights of the Free Library’s Pride Month offerings. For the complete list of events and how to join, visit

How to Build a Home: Queer and Trans BIPOC Dance/Movement Workshop
Thursday, June 3
4:00 p.m.

This co-collaborative creative space asks participants to remember permission, intimacy, safety, play, and connection in our bodies, led by dance and performing artist Shanel Edwards. Black Indigenous, Indigenous, POC, queer, Two-spirit, and trans folks of all ages are welcome to attend.

Re-Creating a New World: One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jericho Brown
Wednesday, June 9
7:30 p.m.

Join us to celebrate a season of discussing The Tradition. Following a reading and conversation with One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 author, Jericho Brown, and Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, we’ll listen to an intergenerational panel discuss what it means to re-create our world. Panelists include Sonia Sanchez and Yolanda Wisher, both former Philadelphia Poet Laureates; Sheyla Street, a Central High School student, activist, varsity athlete, and co-founder of the Philly Black Students Alliance; and Kemar Jewel, an Afro-Queer international director and choreographer. 

Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993
Tuesday, June 29
7:30 p.m.

In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the Philadelphia Gay News, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty novels, nonfiction books, screenplays, and stage plays. Her other work has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker and The New York Times. Schulman is the cofounder of the MIX New York LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival. Based on more than 200 interviews, Let the Record Show explores the widespread impact of ACT UP, the diverse community AIDS activist group.

The Free Library is dedicated to inclusivity and diversity, and neighborhood libraries serve as welcoming and safe spaces for all Philadelphians. The Free Library’s digital resources include  LGBTQ+ reading lists for adults, teens, and children, with e-books that can be downloaded with a Free Library card; and podcasts of LGBTQ+ authors who have read at the Free Library. For more Free Library LGBTQ+ resources, visit


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(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850