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/

LLACE After Dark Author Talk: “Cobra Killer”

Dr. Andrew Stoner, co-author of the book “Cobra Killer,” will discuss the murder of gay porn entrepreneur Bryan Kocis in 2007. The story involves some of the big stars and producers of the early years of internet gay porn, including Brent Corrigan (aka Sean Paul Lockhart). More info:https://www.amazon.com/Cobra-Killer-Manhunt-Killers-Justice/dp/0692568123

Dr. Stoner is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Sacramento State, and has previously served an an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He’s also served as the Managing Editor of the academic Journal “The Educational Forum,” managed corporate communications offices, and served in government communications offices, including serving as the Deputy Press Secrety and Executive Policy Assistant of Human Services in the Office of Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon.

The book recently inspired a 2016 movie, called “King Cobra,” and starred James Franco, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, Christian Slater.

The “LLACE After Dark” series is focused on the appreciation of LGBTQ erotica and sexuality. We approach each topic with theoretical lenses that are critical, queer, and campy. These events are strictly 18+

Street parking is available, along with limited free parking in the small Lavender Library parking lot.

Book Sale!

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Join us for a book sale the first weekend of December, on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd. We’re selling our overflow materials–books, DVDs, etc. that we already have in our collection–for ONLY $1!!! We’ll probably have a few other items for sale as well, like VHS tapes and picture frames. All sales help keep the library door open and lights on. We’re an all volunteer-run non-profit organization, so every little bit counts!

And if you’re on the search for any holiday gifts, books make great gifts!

Stay updated by visiting our Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1352880098155015/

Community Forum: Give Us Feedback!

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YOU’RE INVITED! To a community forum to give us feedback. This forum is part of our strategic planning process, which began in August of this year. Through this process we hope to think critically about where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there. So far we have learned from community, via a survey, that folks would like us to be open more hours, have more diverse programming and events, and improve our outreach so that we have a larger presence in the community. At this community forum we’ll have questions about those topics and more.

This is a “drop-in” style event, so you can come at any point from 4:30-8PM to give feedback. There will be snacks and refreshments, along with a drawing for door prizes at the end! Prizes include a movie, free memberships, gift cards, and more!

Metered street parking is available, along with a limited number of free spots in the building’s small lot.

Event Information:
Friday October 20, 4:30-8PM, at the Lavender Library on 1414 21st Street

For more information or accommodations, please contact info@lavenderlibrary.com 

Banned Book Week: LGBTQ Books

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Join us for our next event! The top 5 most challenged books from 2016 were all challenged for their LGBTQ content, and all happened to be children’s books. In recognition of national Banned Book Week (Sept 24-30) we’ll spend time with an LGBTQ children’s book author from our own community here in Sacramento, Dr. Gayle Pitman, to disucss some of her books and the two times people have attempted to ban her book “This Day in June”–a children’s book about pride parades. The most recent attempt involved a library in Chicago and happened just this year. We’ll sit down with Dr. Pitman to discuss censorship, the politics of libraries, and the importance of LGBTQ children’s literature. And in light of the recent efforts at a school in Rocklin to ban books like “I am Jazz,” a children’s book about a young transgender girl, this conversation is quite appropriate!

There will be some light snacks and refreshments.

Metered street parking available, as well as limited free parking in the small parking lot for the building.

For updated information, check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1892707074087814

Upcoming Event: “LLACE After Dark–Skin Mags”

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We’re very excited to announce a new series making use of materials in our library that many probably don’t even know we have! This new event series is devoted to the appreciation of LGBTQ erotica and sexuality. We approach each topic with theoretical lenses that are critical, queer, and campy. These events are strictly 18+

This installation (the inaugural one) is a discussion of gay erotic magazines from the 1960s to the 1990s. We’ll discuss their cultural importance and meaning. Dr. Tristan Josephson, Women’s Studies professor at Sacramento State, will be present to give scholarly analysis.

Street/metered parking is available, along with a few parking spots in our small parking lot in the alley. For updated information, please check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340171726418877

LLACE Creates August Art Show

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Artists and show attendees create stencils at the July art show.

LLACE Creates is an art series that showcases local queer and trans artists. The July show was a great success. Thirteen artists were showcased, including works of a variety of mediums: paintings, drawings, collages, crafts, performances, poetry, sculptures, and more! And 80 people came through to view and interact with the works and the artists!

The August show will showcase 11 artists’ work across a variety of mediums. There will be snacks, refreshments, and plenty of opportunities to connect with community members. Come on out and meet us! The event happens on Sunday, August 13 1-5PM at the Lavender Library. 

Street parking is available on Sundays for free.

For up-to-date information about the event, check out the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885996404998376/

Upcoming Round Table Discussion on Pauli Murray

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Our new discussion series, OurStories Round Tables, is hosting its first event on Friday July 28 from 7-8PM at the Lavender Library on 1414 21st Street. Dr. Paula Austin will lead a discussion on activist, legal scholar, and historian Pauli Murray (1910-1985). Dr. Austin teaches in Sacramento State’s History Department, and specializes in African American History, as well as urban, gender, and social history. She has done programming work with campus departments/centers like the MLK Jr. Center, PRIDE Center, and Women’s Resource Center, like a recent panel discussion on the history of queer women who rebel.

This first discussion will focus on Pauli Murray, who graduated from Howard University’s law school in 1944, was jailed in 1940 after refusing to sit in the back of a bus, and authored numerous books and essays on race, law, and civil rights. She also had a long friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, along with many of the prominent Civil Rights leaders of the time period. Murray was also “gender nonconforming” and “masculine-of-center” performing, tried to obtain “male hormones” in the 1930s, and had many openly romantic relationships with women. Many have argued that these are some of the reasons Murray’s contributions have been erased from the narrative of the Civil Rights Movement.

While Dr. Austin will give a little context and will share some of what Murray accomplished across her lifetime, we invite attendees to read a little about Murray before the event. Below are a few resources you should check out!

http://www.salon.com/2015/02/18/black_queer_feminist_erased_from_history_meet_the_most_important_legal_scholar_youve_likely_never_heard_of/

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/02/19/387200033/the-black-queer-feminist-legal-trailblazer-youve-never-heard-of

https://paulimurrayproject.org/pauli-murray/biography/

https://www.amazon.com/Pauli-Murray-Autobiography-Activist-Feminist/dp/0870495968

https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Crow-Life-Pauli-Murray/dp/019065645X (the Lavender Library just ordered this book, check on our social media for updates on when it is cataloged and available for check out)

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Metered street parking is available, and there are a few spots in the building’s small parking lot. Email the Library for more information: info@lavenderlibrary.com

CA State Fair Fundraiser

Hey Folks! If you’re planning to attend the California State Fair between July 14 and 30, buy your tickets online and enter the code “LLACE” so the Lavender Library gets a portion of your purchase. Also, spread the word by sharing this blog post. We could certainly use the funds to help keep our lights on and our materials available. Thank you so much for your help! And have fun at the Fair!