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/

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!

Visit by Author Michael Helquist

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Michael Helquist, journalist and historian,  will visit the Lavender Library on Friday July 21, from 7-9PM to discuss his new book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. In his book, Helquist tells the story of how Equi fought for women’s and worker’s rights, sometimes literally—she once horsewhipped a school superintendent for withholding her girlfriend’s full pay. In the course of her fiercely independent life, Equi provided birth control and abortions at a time when they were illegal, was one of the first people in a same-sex relationship to adopt a child, and served time in San Quentin for protesting World War I.

Refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Metered street parking is available, along with a few free parking spots in the building’s small lot.

If you are interested in other books on LGBTQ history, check out our non-fiction section with works by other historians like George Chauncey and Susan Stryker.

For more information, email the Lavender Library at info@lavenderlibrary.com

Address and Phone: 1414 21st Street, Sacramento CA 95811, (916) 492-0558