Celebrate Pride Month with the Free Library

By Administrator RSS Wed, May 29, 2024

Every June the Free Library celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. The Free Library aims to be a place where everyone belongs. We value the LGBTQIA+ community, including transgender people and transgender youth, as one of many valued communities we serve in Philadelphia. We uphold our commitment to providing services, programming, and materials to the LGBTQIA+ community, including transgender youth and adults — and to providing a safe space for transgender patrons and staff as we aim to provide for all patrons and staff.

This June, the Free Library of Philadelphia commemorates Queer Philadelphia History with events, programs, and resources that amplify LGBTQIA+ history!

View the full Pride Month calendar online, and find a few examples of the great programs coming to a library near you below:

Be sure to check out our LGBTQ+ Explore page, which includes helpful links to information and resources about health, activism, bullying, LGBTQ+ youth, legal support, and the important work of local LGBTQ+ organizations; podcasts from our Author Events series; and blog posts on a range of related topics, such as coming out at work and the history of drag storytimes and the controversy that often surrounds them.

Would you like to learn more about Barbara Gittings and the Gittings Collection? Pride Month is the perfect time! Located at the Independence Library, the Gittings Collection is the largest LGBTQ+ public library collection east of San Francisco. Gittings passed away in 2007, but the collection continues as a tribute to her memory and her achievements. It currently serves our local Philadelphia community, but it also fills interlibrary loan requests from patrons throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.

Join us for our Pride Month Reading Challenge, with special book lists curated by Free Library staff!

Finally, support the Free Library Foundation and show off your Pride with the Free Library's original Pride design shirts!


Pride, at its core, is about celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. It is an affirmation of living your authentic self. Celebrating Pride is not only for LGBTQ+ people; everyone is encouraged to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month and year-round.

Check out the Free Library's Pride event calendar. We're excited to celebrate Pride Month with you!

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Keep on rocking it!
Aj Ylizaliturri - Baton Rouge
Saturday, June 8, 2024

Thank you!!
Angel Henderson - Kentucky
Sunday, June 9, 2024