OPL at Capital Pride 2018

Fierté @opl_bpo Pride
01/08/2018

This August, the library will be participating again in Capital Pride, a celebration of the diverse rainbow community within this city. Pride is a time to commemorate the accomplishments of LGBTQIA2 individuals and groups. It is a time to show love and gather as a community. It is also a time to recognize that while progress has been made, struggles remain for gender and sexual minorities. Canadian LGBTQIA2 people experience higher rates of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and assault than the general population, and these issues can be compounded for those who are also part of other disadvantaged groups (such as Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, and people with disabilities). Transphobia, homophobia, or simple unawareness can make LGBTQIA2 folks feel that they are not seen or supported.

But the Ottawa Public Library is committed to being welcoming to all people in the city of Ottawa, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We aim to represent diverse authors and stories within our collection. And we are proudly hosting and taking part in events during the 2018 Capital Pride to show our support of the rainbow community. The library will be one of the groups hanging out at the Pride Family Picnic on Sunday August 19th. We’ll be there to help kick off the festival at the Flag Raising Ceremonies on Monday August 20th. On Tuesday August 21st, the library will be hosting a return of the popular Drag Royalty Family Storytime, this time at the National Arts Centre. Those looking for LGBTQIA-themed films can check out multiple screenings at both the North Gloucester and Main branches this month, and come to Main on Thursday August 23rd for the Canadian premiere of TransGeek Movie with a panel discussion featuring director Kevin McCarthy. On Wednesday August 22nd we’ll be at the TD Block Party. And on Sunday August 26th we’ll be marching in the Capital Pride Parade and participating in the Bank Street Community Fair (but make sure to come visit our bookmobile that morning for our Talegate Party first).

If you can’t make it out to an event, we still have plenty of titles in our collection to get you in the spirit of Pride. Check out our lists for recommendations by and about people who identify all over the spectrums of gender and sexuality.

Capital Pride 2018 - Teen by Collection_Development

Fierté dans la Capitale 2018 - titres pour ados by Collection_Development

List created by Ottawa Public Library Librarians. / Liste créée par les bibliothécaires de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa.

Capital Pride 2018 - Adults by Collection_Development

Fierté dans la Capitale 2018 - titres pour enfants by Collection_Development

List created by Ottawa Public Library Librarians. / Liste créée par les bibliothécaires de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa.