Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month with Sonoma County Library!

Submitted by edawson on September 30, 2021 - 12:27pm

LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long celebration that occurs in October to observe lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history. In 1994 high school teacher Rodney Wilson worked with other teachers and community leaders to develop this month-long celebration. They decided on October because it occurs when school is in session and also coincides with National Coming Out Day, which is on October 11.

While our community has made great strides, it is important to remember that LGBTQ+ history isn't just a reminder of what we've overcome, but is inspiration for the future as well. It is due to the past work of the queer community that there is more positive LGBTQ+ representation than ever before. Today, each of us can continue this legacy by making sure that our stories are as beautiful and diverse as our community. Celebrate with the library all month long with the events and resources listed below!


Virtual Events

Teen Pride Club

Teen Pride Club (ages 13-18)
Every Tuesday at 4:00pm

All Teen Pride Club events

To register for these programs, follow the links below:

  • October 5
  • October 12: Special Sonoma County LGBTQ+ History presentation
    by local LGBTQ+ historians
  • October 19
  • October 26

Revisiting Coming Out Day in Sonoma County

Revisiting Coming Out Day in Sonoma County
with Magi Fedorka and Adam Richmond
Tuesday, October 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Magi Fedorka and Adam Richmond, two activists from the 1980s and early 1990s, discuss the explosion of political and community organizing efforts during that period. Among many other endeavors, Magi was the organizer of the first National Coming Out Day event in 1988 in Sonoma County. Their presentation will focus on the historical roots of this day in recognition of our LGBTQI+ community. They were involved in the fight against the LaRouche AIDS initiative in 1986 which promised to create lists of HIV-positive individuals and threatened to create quarantine camps. Their additional efforts included the campaign to get the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to pass a Lesbian and Gay Pride Week Resolution, which succeeded finally in 1992.

Advanced registration is required. Please register with your email address to receive the Zoom link one hour before the event begins.

This event is presented in English.


Before Castro

Before Castro: LGBTQ San Francisco from the 1930s to 1970
with Shad Reinstein and Tina Dungan
Tuesday, October 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Learn about the wild and crazy early LGBTQ history of San Francisco. Mona’s was the club in the 1930s, a place where “Girls will be boys.” In the 1950s, José Sarria would lead gay men from the Black Cat to the jail. There they stood outside and sang a tune they called “Nelly Queen” to the men arrested that night in raids on gay bars. The Daughters Of Bilitis, the first national Lesbian association, and the Pan Graphic Press, the first Gay press in the world, were founded in San Francisco in the 1950s. What was happening in the Tenderloin? What was the Vanguard Youth Street Sweep? What happened at the Compton Cafeteria Riot in 1966? It all happened before Stonewall!

Advanced registration is required. Please register with your email address to receive the Zoom link one hour before the event begins.

This event is presented in English.

Tina Dungan is a life-long resident of Sonoma County. She came out as a lesbian during the early 1970s through her involvement in the Women’s Studies program at SSU. Since 2007, she has been working with others through Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County to capture the cultural and political history of that community from 1965-1995. Ms. Dungan also teaches a class through Santa Rosa Jr College’s Older Adults Program on the LGBTQI History of Sonoma County.

Shad Reinstein came out shortly after Stonewall and has been involved in local and national LGBTQI culture and politics. She co-produced the documentary film, Mom’s Apple Pie, the History of the Lesbian Mothers’ Custody Movement. She is currently researching a lesbian community from the 1930’s. And for the last seven years she has produced OUTwatch, Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival. Her work with Tina on the Timeline has helped her understand the history and culture of Sonoma County, her new home.


Community Partners

Take a look at some of Sonoma County’s wonderful LGBTQ+ community organizations and their history. Visit the websites of our fantastic community partners for more events and resources!


LGBTQ Connection: LGBTQ Connection, an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership, fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community. Each year, LGBTQ Connection engages 3,500 LGBTQ people, their families and community, and trains 500 providers from local organizations across Northern California to increase the safety, visibility and well being of LGBTQ residents.

  • https://www.lgbtqconnection.org/
  • https://www.lgbtqconnection.org/north-bay-lgbtq-events-calendar
  • “What was born as a support group for LGBTQ youth at the VOICES youth center in Napa in early spring 2010, has grown into a comprehensive, multi-county initiative fostering healthy, diverse and inclusive communities, driven by youth and other emerging leaders in the rural and suburban north SF bay area--and a model program for the state of California! As both a hub of LGBTQ information and a thriving center of the community, LGBTQ Connection increases awareness, visibility & wellness.”

Positive Images: Positive Images is a grassroots organization whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and education to Sonoma County's LGBTQIA+ community. We nurture positive self image through creating an affirming environment where everyone can explore their identities, develop leadership skills and participate in building a just and equitable society.

  • https://www.posimages.org/
  • https://www.facebook.com/PosImages/
  • “Positive Images was founded by Jim Foster, a gay LMFT, in 1990. Since then, we've provided a weekly peer-support group for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults ages 12+. Today, we still have a weekly youth group (ages 12-18), a weekly adult peer support group (18+), and a youth leadership development program (ages 12 - 24). Our community center in Santa Rosa features drop-in hours where folks can hang out or receive referrals to other supportive resources. We have a media library and a free closet called our Transformation Station. We are open 12-5pm Tuesday through Friday.”
Positive Images

SAY (Social Advocates for Youth): Social Advocates for Youth is always there to serve the most vulnerable children, youth, and their families so they can realize their fullest potential to live their best lives.

  • https://www.saysc.org/
  • https://www.saysc.org/programs/
  • “SAY was established in 1971 by a group of legendary Sonoma County leaders, Judge John Moskowitz, Henry Trione, Chief Probation Officer Bill Mulligan, Lawyer Tadini Bacigalupi and High School Teacher Andy Wahlstrom to provide a constructive alternative to juvenile hall for runaway youth. Since then, SAY has helped over 50,000 youth, aged 5-24. Over the years, SAY has continually refined its program formula to break cycles of abuse and hopelessness. That formula incorporates three pillars: housing, counseling and careers. The product: Youth who are stable and able to rise to life’s challenges and opportunities.”

Lesbian Archives of Sonoma County: Our mission is to document the involvement of lesbians in creating community for women in Sonoma County, Ca, 1965-1995.

  • https://www.facebook.com/wsnarchives/
  • “In 2007 six older lesbians got together to share our concern for the lack of public information about the formidable Sonoma County Lesbian Movement. Over a few months' time we had generated a list of sixty organizations and businesses created or led by lesbians who were active during the politically turbulent years of 1965 and 1995. Today we are a small group of nine lesbians dedicated to preserving the history of the Sonoma County lesbian community that began during those years of social upheaval.”
Lesbian Archives

TransLife: The vision of the TRANSLIFE Community Conference and the TRANSLIFE Professional Symposium is the foster a vibrant, healthy, and responsive community of, for, and by our transgender/gender-nonconforming population, those who love them, and those who serve them.

  • https://translifeconference.org/
  • “In 2015, a group of dedicated individuals came together to create an event to foster a vibrant, healthy, and responsive community of, for, and by our transgender and gender-nonconforming population, those who love them, and those who serve them. This became the first TRANSLIFE Community Conference. The vision of the TRANSLIFE Community Conference and the TRANSLIFE Professional Symposium is the foster a vibrant, healthy, and responsive community of, for, and by our transgender/gender-nonconforming population, those who love them, and those who serve them. The outcome of these two events is strengthened social networks, deeper community engagement, and increased skills across all three of these groups.”

North Bay LGBTQI Families: Building community and advocating for families with LGBTQIA+ parents, caregivers, and children in Sonoma County, California and the surrounding areas of the North Bay.

  • https://nblgbtqifamilies.org/
  • "Founded in 2017, North Bay LGBTQI Families seeks to provide families with LGBTQIA+ parents, caregivers, and children with a means of building community and advocating for inclusive, diverse, and welcoming spaces in Sonoma County and the surrounding areas. In addition to planning family-friendly social events, our group hosts workshops and other training opportunities for parents to develop the tools and skills they need to engage in intersectional advocacy for equity in schools, local government, and elsewhere in our rural, semi-rural, and suburban communities. We also host monthly social and family gatherings for gender expansive youth under 12."
North Bay LGBTQI Families

LGBTQ+ Historical Icons to celebrate this month and all year long!

Learn more about these figures at the Bigraphy in Context and Britannica databases with your library card!

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great
King of the ancient Greek Macedonia

Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker
Artist, activist, and designer of rainbow pride flag

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author and activist

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Poet of the Harlem Renaissance

Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings
Activist and co-founder of the Daughters of Bilitis

Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writer, Philosopher, Composer, Poet, and Hieronyite Nun

Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson
Activist, drag queen, and prominent figure in Stonewall Uprising

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
Artist

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer
Playright, AIDS activist, and founder of ACT UP

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde
Writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and Civil Rights activist

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk
Politician and first openly gay elected official in California

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera
Activist and Veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Uprising

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin
Activist and key organizer and participant in the Civil Rights Movement

José Sarria

José Sarria
First openly gay candidate for public office in the U.S., Drag Queen, and Political Activist

Sappho

Sappho
Ancient Greek Poet

Alan Turing

Alan Turing
Mathematician, creator of first modern computer, and decoder of Nazi encryption during World War II.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
Artist

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
Author

 

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