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Gay Pride Activities at Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central Include Film With Panel Discussion, Family Storytime and Poetry
“Hennepin County Library is committed to serving our diverse community,” said Johannah Genett, program librarian. “We demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve through inclusive programming that makes everyone feel welcome at the library. The Library joins the Twin Cities in celebrating gay pride this June by offering a variety of programs.”
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
Gay Pride Month Display, June 1-July 1 in the atrium’s display case.

“Gay Pride: Gen Silent Screening and Panel Discussion,” Thursday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. in Pohlad Hall. Registration required, begins May 23.

“Gay Pride: Celebrating Our Family Stories,” especially for children of GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) parents, Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-noon in Doty Board Room. Registration required, begins May 25.

“Gay Pride: Poetry Reading,” Tuesday, June 25, 7-9 p.m. in Pohlad Hall. Registration required, begins May 28.
Online or call 612-543-8000
Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Hennepin County Library is also hosting a booth at the Twin Cities Pride Festival, June 29-30, in Loring Park, Minneapolis, to register interested residents for library cards.
Gay Pride Month Display
This month-long display will feature quotes from the local GLBTQ community expressing their library experiences, plus “classic and contemporary books from the Library’s collection that have spoken to peoplein their self-discovery as GLBTQ people,” said library staffer Sarah Sosa.
The atrium opens at 7 a.m. daily and closes when the library closes — at 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Gay Pride: Gen Silent Screening and Panel Discussion
This critically acclaimed film, Best Documentary Award winner at Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and several other film festivals, documents the harassment and discrimination experienced by many LGBTQ seniors today. Experts in the film say lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders are so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet to survive in the care system. A panel discussion will follow the screening. 

Gay Pride: Celebrating Our Family Stories
Young children from birth to kindergarten and their families are invited to share stories and songs and create art that celebrates families in all their forms. This program is presented in collaboration with the Family Equality Council and Rainbow Rumpus, and in partnership with Urban Arts Academy.
Laura Matanah is executive director of Rainbow Rumpus, an online literary magazine for children of LGBT parents. Children’s books can be downloaded on their website, www.rainbowrumpus.org.
“Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and empowering place for young people to create and enjoy art, break through isolation, build community, and take action to make the world a better place,” Matanah said. Last year's event was very successful, and we are looking forward to even more success this year.”
Gay Pride: Poetry Reading
This reading will feature local GLBTQ authors who contributed poems on the Midwestern experience in two anthologies published by Squares & Rebels, a new LGBT publishing imprint established by Handtype Press.
The anthologies are “When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience,” edited by Kate Lynn Hibbard, and “Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience,” edited by Raymond Luczak.
The poetry reading is presented in partnership with Queer Voices Reading Series of Intermedia Arts.
For more information on these events, go to http://www.hclib.org/events/ or contact Hennepin County Library’s AskUs Service at http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/ask.cfm.

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