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/

Upcoming Event at LLACE (SOLD OUT)

We’re so excited to host this important workshop on eating disorders and self love. The sponsoring organization is Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP)–a xicana-indigenous body-positive organization that provides intersectional eating disorders education and community-based support for people of color who are struggling with troubled eating and poor body-image. After not seeing her own experiences reflected and the lack of cultural awareness in the eating disorder world, Gloria Lucas started NPP in 2014 out of an urgent need to create a platform for communities of color and indigenous-descent communities who struggle alone. Gloria first-hand experienced the isolation that comes with being a person of color with an eating disorder and the absence of services for low-income people.

NPP’s line of work focuses on uncovering the impacts of colonialism, social oppression, historical trauma and its role in impairing relationships indigenous-descent people have with food and body-image. NPP’s goal is to help people of color and indigenous descent folks find education and resources for self-empowering, resistance, and healing.

If you are looking for more information or for future events, please message NPP at npppride@gmail.com

Milk & Cookies: Author Reading

The Queer Sacramento Authors Collective is doing another awesome reading at the Lavender Library on Friday February 23, at 7PM. Stop by and check it out. Email info@lavenderlibrary.com for questions or accommodations requests. Street parking is available, along with a few free spots in the Library’s small parking lot.

Film Screening March 20

Legends of Courage, a Sacramento-based LGBTQ documentary film and oral history project will present its inaugural documentary film at a free community screening on Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30pm to 7:30 p.m., at the Sacramento Public Library Tsakopoulos Galleria, West Meeting Room at 828 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Reserve your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-rosemary-metrailer-tickets-33496266234

“The Story of Rosemary Metrailer,” centers on the pioneering Sacramento civil rights attorney who won a lawsuit against televangelist Jerry Falwell that provided seed money to found the Lambda Community Center (now Sacramento LGBT Community Center) in 1984. The film places the civil rights accomplishments of Metrailer and her peers in the context of the social and political environment in Sacramento from 1960s to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S.

The 45-minute film includes interviews with Metrailer’s peers— leaders who forged Sacramento’s tradition of support for LGBTQ equality, including former mayors Phil Isenberg, Anne Rudin and Heather Fargo—and the many Sacramentans, such as former Assembly Member Dennis Mangers, Mom…..Guess What! publisher Linda Birner, and legislative advocate and activist Laurie McBride, all who helped blaze the trail.

Metrailer may be best known for her role as plaintiff’s attorney in the infamous 1984 lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Community Church minister Jerry Sloan against televangelist Jerry Falwell. The conflict made national headlines, and the court awarded Sloan nearly $9,000, which became seed money to establish what became the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

“You can influence other people, about being outspoken, about what to believe in,” says former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin. “Rosemary did that. She didn’t have to worry about, are they going to like me, or is this going to make me look bad? She said it, she did it, and other people took courage from what she said and did.”

Metrailer is renowned in legal circles for her successful 1988 class action sex discrimination suit against McClellan Air Force Base (1988) on behalf of women employees. As a community leader, she also founded the Sacramento Area Community Women’s Network, and SacLEGAL a recognized LGBTQ Bar Association that promotes equality through legislative advocacy, education, and participation in civic and social activities.

Launched in 2013 by Sacramento filmmaker Dawn Deason of 3D Media Solutions, and the late arts patron Camille Wojtasiak, the Legends of Courage project is designed to capture the voices of pioneering civil rights advocates who helped build Sacramento’s LGBTQ thriving community.

Project supporters hope the Metrailer film is but the opening offering of the Legends of Courage series, Deason says. “Ideally, we would like to make one or two films per year, 30 to 45 minutes in length. There are so many stories to be told about how a small capitol city like Sacramento became a model regarding LGBTQ rights.”

“The Story of Rosemary Metrailer” was produced in association with Sacramento’s Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange and is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (visit www.calhum.org).  Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in “The Rosemary Metrailer Story” do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, visit https://vimeo.com/legendsofcourage or https://www.facebook.com/sacllace/