Pride Festival 2020

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welcome to MPL Pride fest 2020!

We welcome you to the 2020 Memphis Public Libraries’ Pride Festival! Some of the online programs and resources available during the event will include a LIVE online musical performance by Memphis’ own Hurricane Elvis, Rainbow Family Story Time videos with crafts, a Community Pride Art Show, a LIVE online trivia game (with a grand prize for the winner!), LGBTQ+ online resources & exhibits, and information from local Nonprofit Organizations.

Also, stop by the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Friday between 11am and 3pm for free hygiene supplies (while supplies last).

Live Events

Join us tonight! Friday September 25th

LIVE Virtual Musical Performance featuring Memphis’ own Hurricane Elvis 5:00PM to 6:00PM

LIVE Virtual Trivia with Grand Prize! 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Click HERE to join these events on Microsoft Teams

community partners


“Choices is proud to provide comprehensive, non-judgemental sexual and reproductive health services to everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community. Our goal is to provide you with all the information and resources you need to protect your health and make informed decisions. We will always respect your sexual health decisions and your need for privacy and confidentiality.”

Watch a video from CHOICES HERE:

For more information about CHOICES’ LGBTQ+ Health Services, visit HERE.

church of the river (uua)

“As part of the liberal Unitarian Universalist denomination, we’re a diverse, progressive and caring congregation. We care about social justice, the environment and each other. We welcome you no matter where you come from, what color your skin is or who you love.”

View a video from Church of the River HERE:

For more information about Church of the River, visit HERE.


“Our chapter continues to grow across Tennessee, activating leaders of all ages in their own communities as champions for LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education. Supporting teachers, engaging students, and advocating for protective policies statewide requires a lot of dedication from our volunteers.”

For more information on GLSEN, please visit HERE.

holy trinity community church (UCC)

“Our unique experience with the gospel at this church is for all people: gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, & every location on the gender spectrum. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you identify yourself – you are loved by God.”

Watch a video from the Holy Trinity Church HERE:

For more information on the Holy Trinity Community Church, visit HERE.

love doesn’t hurt

“The agency helps to provide assistance to victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community to provide emergency shelter, transportation, food, clothing and relocation for those in Shelby County area.”

Watch a video from Love Doesn’t Hurt HERE.

For more information Love Doesn’t Hurt, visit HERE.

memphis friends meeting (quakers)

“William Penn founded the colony of Pennsylvania in 1680, not just for Quakers, but for all religious groups based on his understanding of equality and religious tolerance.” Most Quaker Meetings in the US, including the Memphis Friends Meeting “have found unity in welcoming and supporting gender and sexual equality.”

Watch a video from the Memphis Friends Meeting HERE.

For more information on Memphis Friends Meeting, visit HERE.


“Regardless of how we identify as individuals, we all seek a world where we can live openly, honestly and authentically. We desire a community that celebrates and respects us fully as a part of the whole. We expect and deserve to be as open about who we are and whom we love as we choose to be. Working to make that world a reality is what we do every day at OUTMemphis”

Watch this video HERE of Synthia from CLOUD901 and Alexander Hauptman, Transgender Services Manager at OUTMemphis as they discuss Transgender Visibility and Safety.

For more information on OUTMemphis, visit HERE.

tennessee equality project

“The Tennessee Equality Project advocates for the equal rights of LGBTQ people in Tennessee.  We do this through legislative advocacy.  That means we lobby the Tennessee General Assembly and local governments around the state.”

TEP has provided 3 videos. Watch this video HERE for a brief explanation of TEP:

Watch this video HERE for an important message about completing the Census:

Watch this video HERE for an important message about voting:

For more information on the Tennessee Equality Project, please visit HERE.

linc 2-1-1 community information

For more information on other services in the community, please call 2-1-1 or access their community database HERE.

story times and crafts

art exhibits

community pride art show

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s Community Pride Art Show. Stay tuned to see the winner!

columbus museum of art (OH) – art after stonewall, 1969-1989

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 is the first major exhibition to examine the impact on visual culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement sparked fifty years ago with the Stonewall Uprising.” Visit the exhibit’s web page HERE.

tate modern (UK) – andy warhol

“This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years.” Visit the exhibit’s web page HERE.

brooklyn museum (NY) – Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

“The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture.” Visit the exhibit’s webpage HERE.

alice austen house (NY) – google arts and culture – fine bright day: the photography of alice austen

“Alice Austen (1866 – 1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. This exhibition examines the range of Austen’s photography and specifically inserts her into a contemporary context as the modern woman she was. 22 newly printed photographs are paired in this show and accompanied by interpretive text by leading scholars, artists and activists from the LGBTQ and allied community” Visit the exhibit HERE. For more about Alice Austen, visit the Alice Austen House Museum HERE.

the met fifth avenue (ny) – the great hall commission, kent monkman

“He explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across a variety of mediums, including painting, film, performance, and installation. Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples.” Visit the exhibit’s webpage HERE.

leslie-lohman museum of art (NY)

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is the only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art and foster the artists who create it. Visit their current exhibitions HERE.


glbt life in memphis: the vincent astor collection

Vincent Astor is one of the most effective forces in protecting and preserving culturally relevant local GLBT history. The GLBT Life in Memphis Collection was donated to the Memphis and Shelby County Room by Vincent Astor in an effort to raise awareness about the GLBT community and includes various materials, all relating to GLBT Life in Memphis, which Astor spent his entire life collecting. View the Finding Aid for the collection HERE.

Let Vincent Astor tell you more about it!


“ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world.” Visit their online collections HERE.

glbt historical society museum & archives (ca)

“The GLBT Historical Society Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in the United States.” Visit their online exhibitions and archives HERE.

lgbtq religious archives network

“The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) religious movements around the world.” Visit their online exhibitions HERE.

national museum of american history (DC) – illegal to be you – history beyond stonewall

“The June 1969 uprising against police harassment at The Stonewall Inn, a bar in Lower Manhattan, is probably the most famous moment in U.S. LGBTQ+ history. Fifty years later, the histories of the drag queens, students, homeless youth, and others who were there can be placed within a larger and longer experience of being different.” Visit the exhibit’s webpage HERE.

mazer lesbian archives (CA)

“The June L. Mazer Archives is the largest major archive on the West Coast dedicated to preserving and promoting lesbian and feminist history and culture. By creating a safe place for women to explore the richness of lesbian history, perhaps adding to it themselves, we are paving the way for future generations to understand more fully their own identity and history and help maintain this vital link to their own past.” Visit their online collections HERE.

lesbian herstory archives (NY)

“We founded The Lesbian Herstory Archives in the 1970’s when a group of women involved in the Gay Academic Union realized that lesbian history was “disappearing as quickly as it was being made.” Our mission is to gather and preserve records of lesbian lives and activities so that future generations will have ready access to materials relevant to their lives.” Visit their digital collections HERE.

Book lists


Don’t let the fun stop here. Join Midsouth Pride’s Pride Fest 2020 HERE.

Thank you to our Community Partners and the Memphis Library Foundation. Thank you to Buff City Soap and Trashboat for providing free giveaways on the 25th at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.