Hello From the Archives Intern!

Hi everyone!  I’m Monica, and I’m one of the volunteers here at LLACE.  I’m currently a graduate student working on my MLIS (Masters in Library Information Science) degree, so my world is mostly library work.  I am currently taking an Archives and Manuscripts class, so when an opportunity came up at LLACE to create finding aids and accession are collection, I enthusiastically asked if I could be an intern.

Putting the “A” in Archives

We are putting the “A” in archives here at LLACE.  Many of our older LGBTQ community members have graciously donated their items to us; sometimes these items are personal papers, and sometimes these items are from local Sacramento events.  We house these collections in storage nearby, which we are currently accessioning (a fancy word archival word for organizing) and creating finding aids for.  A finding aid for archivists and historians is extremely important; this document allows people who want to do research to look at this aid so they have an idea of what we house in our archives.

As an archival intern, I’m here twice a week to accession, process, and create a finding aid for a few collections.  I’m very ambitious, and plan on working on up to three collections: Sacramento Valley Vets, Open Book, and Outdoor Adventures of Sacramento. I genuinely enjoy learning social history—there is so much to learn from our past, and as a queer person, I recognize that us LGBTQIA+ folx don’t see ourselves in history.  LLACE matters because we don’t just house materials for public use, we house materials that document queer history. LLACE is the home of queer narratives and stories so folx can see themselves represented in history through our archival project. As being a part of the Sacramento community for over twenty years, if the walls here could talk they would have so much to say about the fabulous culture here in Northern California.

You might hear, “In order to understand the present, you must first understand the past,” or “In order to prevent mistakes now, you must learn from the past.” As someone who is handing archives, this is an opportunity to see firsthand the documents that helped shape the narrative today.  These are letters, posters, newsletters, documents that shaped the gay Sacramento community. Sometimes, these documents show a world where queer community was creating change; sometimes they show the challenges they faced at the time. From the looks of some of the photos and fliers, these folx knew how to have a fun time, too. [Read: so many drag events and skinny-dipping!] As I’m looking through items, I look for signs of intersectionality and points of pivotal change; the type of change that you look back on and go, “Wow, that really happened, our lives are so different because of this.”

So if you’re at LLACE and see someone at a table, with a box and a giant stack of papers and laptop, that’s me.  I’m most likely deep in my process, but a gentle “Hello! Are you Monica?” is welcome.  I could probably use a break at that point.

Souvenir sing-a-long from the June 25, 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day 

Book and Movie Covers

Review: “Call Me By Your Name” and “We Are The Ants”

Reviews by LLACE volunteer Rita Taste

We Are the Ants is a novel about figuring out our place in the universe. It’s a coming of age tale that shows the power of friendships, love, staying true to yourself, and not letting labels define you. This book will make you laugh and at times it will definitely make you cry. It addresses just how cruel bullying can be, but also shows how important our friends are in our times of need and that although at times we feel as insignificant as “ants,” to those who love us we are the world.

While watching Call Me By Your Name, I felt less like I was watching a movie and more like I was observing the real lives of people unfolding in front of me. The film was very touching and the acting was superb. The characters had depth to them and at times you could feel their emotions without them having to say anything. The relationships between parents and child and romantic relationships were not your typical, over the top movie relationships. I could easily see what happened in the film playing out in real life and the ending was not a fairy tale which is much appreciated. I would recommend this movie to anyone as I feel that it was borderline perfect, even down to the soundtrack.

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Recap: 20th Anniversary

The Library’s two 20th anniversary celebrations last weekend were so awesome–we hope you made it. We had a youth-friendly event with music and cake at the Library from 3-6PM where we had a collaging/modpodge tile-making activity, live screen printing by artist Xabi Soto, and stories from two of the Library’s original founders. We also had a 21+ celebration later that night at Sac Brew Bike bar with performances, snacks from Evan’s Kitchen and I <3 Teriyaki, more cake, and a beer/cider bar. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence stopped by and presented the Library with a check for $500 from a recent fundraiser (thank you so much, Capitol City Sisters!). Below are some pretty photos from the festivities. If you missed out on a shirt, tote, or print from screenprinting artist Xabi Soto, there is a limited supply at the Library. Shirts are $15-20 (sliding scale), totes are $10, and prints are free! And, as always, support the Library for a further 20 years by purchasing a membership or donating your funds/time.

 

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Leftover shirts, totes, and prints are in our display case in the front.

 

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Temple Kirk performs at the evening celebration.

 

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The Capitol City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present a $500 check to the Lavender Library board.

 

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Outside of Sac Brew Bike bar looking in on the festivities.

 

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Artist Xabi Soto screen prints some posters.

 

20th Anniversary September 22

The Lavender Library was founded 20 years ago this summer! Help us celebrate with two FREE celebrations, one family/youth friendly and one 21+.

1st Celebration: Family/Youth Friendly Crafting Event, 3-6pm
This will take place in the late afternoon at the Lavender Library and will include snacks, crafts, music, and more! Details coming soon.

2nd Celebration: 21+ Event, 7-10pm
This will take place in the evening at the Sacramento Brew Bike bar location on 19th between P and O. They’ll have a beer/cider bar (cash/card accepted) and we’ll have some snacks available, too. Evan’s Kitchen is donating some delicious appetizers! Music and spoken word performances by Annah Anti-Palindrome, JJ Barrón-Rivas, GT Velasco, Dolores 5000, KC Shane, and Temple K. Kirk. More sponsors to come!

If you have questions, let us know!

Meet Our New Board President!

Check out this interview with our new president, Elena Carrillo.

So you’re the new board president! Congrats! What do you hope to focus on in the next year or so?

Thank you, I am so excited to continue contributing to this org in a new role. I am ready to push this org further than I have before. I have a vision of strengthening our values of being an inclusive, intersectional and radical space. I hope to have a bolder voice in the Sacramento Area LGBTQIA community and better reflect its beautiful diversity. As a queer latinx woman in the organization, I am more energized than ever for our next growth spurt. I want to bring to an end to queer spaces are primarily white, cis and privileged and I want folx to know this all-volunteer-run org truly belongs to them. This is OUR space to claim. The changes I’ve seen at the Lavender Library have been rapid and I’m ready to help shape and build its next chapter.

I heard you studied Women’s Studies in college. Why did you choose that major? What was your favorite class or paper?

I started doing grassroots feminist organizing since I was 17. I went to a Ladyfest I.E. meeting and never stopped, I knew that feminism was my passion and made it my path. I attended community college in Riverside for a few years and eventually made my way to Sac State.

I had the fortune of having some really incredible professors, classes and classmates. It’s difficult to highlight only one topic, but one of my favorites was deconstructing queerness and transness in the Middle East. More importantly, illustrating the parallels of how  culture and politics influence the marginalization of subcommunities within the Middle East & the US. (Also there are some rad films that challenge US paternalism in POC communities at the library!)

What do you do for a living, when you’re not volunteering at the library?

I am a Project Manager at a local nonprofit called Sacramento Covered. We are an amazing org that assists individuals navigating the healthcare system. If you are not sure what your health coverage situation is, definitely feel feel to connect with me.

We also do advocacy on the local level for our undocumented community and are working with the city to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to health and housing.

Favorite show right now?

Definitely just finished Season 2 of Queer Eye on Netflix. (It’ll give you all the feels).

Last song/album you listened to?  

Currently in love with with Janelle Monáe’s “I Like That”.

What do you like to do for self-care?

My self-care right now is working on house projects and trying new things. Meaning I’m painting my kitchen, taking latinx queer bachata dance classes and going to Paris (yes, actual Paris, France).

Any advice for a queer/trans youth reading this right now?

The future is intersectional. You are a force. You have to so much to bring to the table and are already impacting our community with your visibility, presence and voice. Don’t hold back.

 

To reach out to Elena, email her at president@lavenderlibrary.com

Whirlwind of Outreach for Pride Month

May/June has been BUSY! The Lavender Library had a whirlwind of outreach this last month or so, with about 18 different outreach/tabling activities and events at the Library, in addition to our regular groups and whatnot. We hope we saw you at one of them. If we missed you, there’s always future opportunities. Check out the list of events below to see all the places we’ve been, and stay updated about future activities and events via social media or our calendar on this website.

  1. Be Brave Be You (Youth Conference, Sac Unified School District) – May 19th
  2. Davis Pride Festival – May 20th
  3. Milk and Cookies Author Event – May 25th
  4. Latinx LGBTQ of Sacramento “Coco” film screening – May 29th
  5. NorCal Ladyfest Campout- May 31st – June 3rd
  6. BOGO Book Sale at the Library – June 2nd-3rd
  7. LGBTQ History Talk – June 3rd
  8. Dept of Education Presentation – June 6th
  9. Vigil for Roxana Hernandez – June 6th
  10. Strapping Store fundraiser – June 8th-10th
  11. Art on the Edge – June 9th
  12. Pachamama Coop Open Mic and Fundraiser – June 9th
  13. Sac Republic half-time honoring of the Library – June 9th
  14. Sacramento Pride – June 10th
  15. The Other Mic comedy show – June 13th
  16. Crocker Art Mix – June 14th
  17. LGBTQ History Walking Tour – June 16th
  18. International Hostel’s “To Wong Foo” screening – June 23rd

New Book Club: Ellipses

Hey friends, there’s a new book club in town–Ellipses! The club is going to focus on queer and trans articles and books that will give the community access to its history and knowledge, cuz knowledge = power. Join us for the first installment on Sunday May 13 at 2PM when we discuss the first couple chapters from Susan Stryker’s book Transgender History, 2nd edition.

Metered street parking is available, along with a few spots in the Library’s small parking lot.

Stay updated about the group at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391397577627567

Queer Families Drag Story Time

Join the Lavender Library for Drag Queen Storytime on Saturday March 24 at Noon, where we will be reading our favorite LGBTQ childrens’ books out loud for Queer Families from near and far! A local drag performer will be reading selections from our children’s section to the delight of all in attendance! And we’ll also have some activities for folks, like coloring and crafting.

• Event is all ages & FREE
• Light refreshments provided
• Some parking available on the side of the building & metered street parking available

This event series has been funded by a grant from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

For updates on the event, check out our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/168517777277590/

Queer Crafternoons: Zine Making!

LLACE has scheduled a few special events as part of our regular crafting event on the first and third Sundays of each month. The first of these special events is focused on “zine”-making, or the process of making small or short magazines that often focus in on a particular topic, and takes place on Sunday March 18 at 2PM. Gaining momentum in the 1990s, zines have been used for generations as a DIY forum of self expression and publication. From poems, essays, and political opinions, to collages and art pieces, zines are a way for groups to voice opinions outside the social norm.

We invite the community to join us and learn how to create them. We may also have a few completed zines on hand as examples.

All materials and instructions provided. Feel free to bring additional collage materials and art tools. Free event open to the public. Street parking free on Sundays. In addition, parking available in lot behind library.

Check out our Facebook event for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1832425463448160/