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June is Pride Month, when the LGBTQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer), along with their friends, families and allies commemorate their history and celebrate their achievements. This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans strengthen our country through talent, creativity, and courage to generate awareness and goodwill. Dayton Metro Library provides materials, book clubs, and reading recommendations that highlight the journeys of LGBTQIA individuals 365 days a year. Below you will find books and tools we love that celebrate PRIDE year round.

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LGBTQIA+ Book Club

Join our LGBTQIA+ Book Club - Join us the second Monday each month at the Main Library in the 3rd floor conference room for LGBTQIA+ Book Club @ Home to talk about fiction and nonfiction featuring LGBTQIA+ characters or themes.


Phil Stamper

Author Talk with

Phil Stamper

Friday, June 3, 4 - 5:30 PM

Main Library, Community Room 2A
For Adults, Tweens, and Teens

Books will be available for purchasing and autographing, courtesy of Half Price Books.

Join us for an author talk with Phil Stamper as he discusses his newest book, Small Town Pride.

Phil Stamper is the bestselling author of The Gravity of Us, As Far As You’ll Take Me, and other queer books for kids and teens. His stories are packed with queer joy, and his characters are often too ambitious for their own good. Born and raised in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio, he has a B.A. in Music from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing from Kingston University. He currently works in author development for a major book publisher in New York City, where he lives with his husband and their dog.

Golden Boys, the first book in his upcoming young adult rom-com duology, was released in February 2022. Small Town Pride, his debut middle grade novel, publishes in Summer 2022.

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Author Panel with

Meredith Doench, Kristen Lepionka,
and E.F. Schraeder

Thursday, June 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
For Adults

Join LGBTQIA+ Ohio authors, Meredith Doench, Kristen Lepionka, and E.F. Schraeder for an exciting panel as they read selections from their work and discuss their writing process. Attendees will have an opportunity for questions at the end of the panel. (Authors may attend virtually.)

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Saeed Jones

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Saeed Jones

Saturday, June 11, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Main, Great Reading Room
For Adults and Teens

Books will be available for purchasing and autographing, courtesy of Half Price Books.

Saeed Jones is an essential author as well as a powerful voice in the world of literary activism, and his writing often engages the questions and nuances of identity. He has shaped his platform into a tool for social awareness, breakthroughs, and connections with his no-holds-barred personality and unforgettable voice. Jones' memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, received a 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, a 2020 Lambda Literary Award, and a 2020 Stonewall Book Award. His debut poetry collection, Prelude to a Bruise, was awarded the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. Jones' next collection, Alive at the End of the World, is anticipated for a fall 2022 release. Jones, the founding editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and will discuss his experiences in writing and working in news and exploring all things pop culture. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library and coincides with DMLPRIDE Month programming in June.

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Sam Dorf

About the Book with

Sam Dorf

Tuesday, June 14, 6 - 8 PM

Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
For Adults

Dr. Samuel N. Dorf will discuss his efforts to research the life and works of notable Daytonian Natalie Clifford Barney, a poet, playwright, novelist and Parisian expatriate (1876-1972). He will share stories from archives he visited across the globe (Athens, Greece and Paris to Madison, WI, and Dayton, OH) and discuss the challenges and rewards of writing LGBTQ history from archival sources.

Dr. Dorf is an Associate Professor at the University of Dayton. His book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance from Paris to Delphi, 1870-1930 (Oxford University Press, 2018) examines collaborations between French and American scholars of Greek antiquity and the performing artists who brought their research to life at the birth of Modernism. Drawing from methods and theory from musicology, dance studies, performance studies, queer studies, archaeology, classics and art history the book shows how new scholarly methods and technologies altered the performance, and, ultimately, the reception of music and dance of the past.

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