By Megan P.

What can I do here in Evansville to celebrate Pride?

  • Saturday, June 22 will be the first River City Pride Festival in Downtown Evansville! The parade will begin at 11:00 am and be followed by a day of fun, music, vendors, and other entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Keep an eye out for EVPL’s booth to sign up for your library card while you’re there! 
  • Look into and support up-and-coming LGBTQ+ organizations like the Rainbow Jacket Project or Queer Space that operate locally.
  • Attend the next Rainbow Storytime at EVPL McCollough on Saturday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm! You’ll be a little late for celebrating Pride Month, but that’s okay! June’s Rainbow Storytime has already passed, but we would love to see you and your family at the next event!

I want to celebrate or acknowledge Pride month privately, what can I do?

Read these books that can help you become a better ally:

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by Mady G. and J.R. Zuckerberg

Transgender 101 by Nicholas M. Teich

Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America edited by Richard Gold and Mindy Drucker

Read these recent LGBTQ+ #ownvoices works and support LGBTQ+ authors:

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Birthday by Meredith Russo

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

Research! Check out these titles about LGBTQ+ history:

When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era edited by Jason Baumann with photographs by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies (Did you know it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots? You can also check out The Stonewall Reader, or The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle Pitman for younger readers)

Transgender History: the Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker

Paris is Burning

I want to acknowledge Pride by making a donation or volunteering.

First and foremost, check in with your local LGBTQ+ focused organizations to see what they need and how you can help!

The following have four star ratings on Charity Navigator, a website which assesses and evaluates charities for their transparency and use of funds (descriptions come from their website):

  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.
  • GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD): Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.



Megan P.
Experience Facilitator

Megan P.

Megan is a horror, YA book, and cat enthusiast. She received her Bachelors degree in English literature.

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