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June 1, 2022

10:00  AM

LGBTQ Commission: Flag Raising at County Center Building in Redwood City The City Council proclaimed June to be Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈 in Redwood City.

10:00 AM

LGBTQ Commission: Flag Raising in the City of Belmont The City’s commitment to recognizing, including, and safeguarding its LGBTQ individuals and to celebrating Pride Month with the LGBTQ community remains steadfast.


LGBTQ Commission: Flag Raising at City of South San Francisco South San Francisco City Council members proudly raise the progress pride flag to commemorate Pride Month


LGBTQ Commission: Flag Raising at City of San Mateo The City of San Mateo is pleased to raise the flag and commemorate the start of Pride Month!

June 1

June 2, 2022

virtual event


SMC Pride Move Night: “Prognosis: Notes on Living”
with discussion facilitated by Scott Gruendl, SMC Pride Initiative Co-Chair

Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm PST





Oscar-winning documentarian, LGBTQ+ activist, and local resident Debra Chasnoff turns the camera on herself in response to her cancer diagnosis telling the story about hanging onto people you love as you prepare to let them go. Finished by her wife Nancy and other loved ones after Debra’s death – Prognosis: Notes on Living offers an intimate, honest portrait. Immediately following the film screening, a discussion will be facilitated by the SMC Pride Initiative.


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June 5, 2022

Celebrate unity at the 3rd Family Pride Day at the Fair with a full day of events and activities.

June 6, 2022

7:00 PM

LGBTQ Commission: City Council meeting Resolution with Burlingame Meetings are live online on the City’s website at

June 6
June 7

June 9, 2022

virtual event


Author Talk with Julián Delgado Lopera

Thursday, June 9th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM PST






Join us for an author talk and Q&A with Julián Delgado Lopera author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award for LGBTQ fiction and a 2021 Lambda Literary award for Lesbian Fiction; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. They will read an excerpt from  Fiebre Tropical and answer questions about their work.

Accessibility: Please call 650-829-3860 at least 10 weekdays prior to request sign language or other accommodations.


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June 9

June 13, 2022

virtual event


LGBTQ Life in America: Examining the Facts

Monday, June 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.




Professors Melissa Michelson and Brian Harrison join us to discuss the successes and shared history of LGBTQ people, and the current challenges they face in American society.

In their book, LGBTQ Life in America: Examining the Facts, Melissa R. Michelson and Brian F. Harrison puncture myths, misconceptions, and incorrect assumptions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expectations and norms, while providing  an illuminating record of the history of discrimination and mistreatment to which LGBTQ people have historically been subjected.

Drs. Michelson and Harrington will discuss their research, and talk about some current issues facing the community.

About Melissa R. Michelson

Melissa R. Michelson, PhD, is dean of arts and sciences and professor of political science at Menlo College and past president of the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association. She is the award-winning author of six books, including Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights and Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights.

About Brian F. Harrison

Brian F. Harrison, PhD, is visiting assistant professor at Carleton College. An award-winning teacher and author, he has published Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights; A Change Is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America; and Transforming Prejudice: Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights. He is also founder and president of Voters for Equality, an organization encouraging political engagement among LGBTQ people in the United States.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.


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June 13
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June 15, 2022

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Expressions of Gender in Asian Art

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.





Enjoy a virtual visit from the Asian Art Museum, taking a look at depictions of gender over thousands of years of art in Asia.


Gender-fluid and gender-ambiguous depictions have existed in Asian art for thousands of years. A docent from the Asian Art Museum will join us for a virtual presentation taking a look at how gender appears throughout Asian art in provocative and inspiring ways.

About the Asian Art Museum

Located in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Asian art, sharing 18,000 objects and 6,000 years of history. The museum’s mission is to inspire new ways of thinking by connecting diverse communities to historical and contemporary Asian art and culture through world-class collections, exhibitions, and programs.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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virtual event


Community SOGIE 101

Wednesday, June 15th 5:30 - 7:30pm PST






Ever wondered what's the difference between sex and gender? Want to learn about the difference between bisexual and pansexual? Continue your Pride Month ​with the San Mateo County Pride Center and ACS Outlet as we go back to the LGBTQ basics. We are proud to offer our virtual Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE) 101 training to all community members! Our goal is to work with YOU to understand how to create affirming environments for LGBTQ youth and adults through an engaging and interactive training filled with matching games, videos, and polls. Through the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer this training at no cost to you!  All are welcome! Bring your dinners and an open mind as we break down the latest LGBTQ terminology and work to build your strengths and grow as LGBTQ+ advocates and leaders. Register at


Event Organizers: San Mateo County Pride Center and ACS Outlet

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San Mateo County Pride Center: Community SOGIE 101

virtual & in-person event


Connecting to the Land, Writing Our Stories: A Pride Month Poetry Workshop

June 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm PST




Location: Redwood City Downtown Library

Event details:



Join us in the Makerspace for a grounding poetry workshop with Tongan poet Loa Niumeitolu. Featuring poetry readings, guided writing prompts, and a gardening activity, this event will hold space for the stories of LGBTQ+ and non-binary folx, and for all to nurture and appreciate our sacred connection to the land.  All are welcome!  Light refreshments provided to in-person participants.  In the Makerspace and virtually.

Loa Niumeitolu is a Tongan poet, community organizer and farmer. Her work appears in Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English; Homelands: Women’s Journeys across Race, Place, and Time; Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; Muliwai: Hawai'i Review; and was featured on BBC Radio Scotland.  As an educator and organizer, she has worked with(in) Mataliki: Tongan Writers Group in Tonga; Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement in Worcester, Massashusetts; Pacific Islander women and men prisoners in Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla and California State Prison, Solano;  and co-founded the Two Spirit Takataapui LGBTQ indigenous support groups: One Love Oceania,  Oyate Tupu‘anga,  and Spirit Root Medicine People.   

Poetry Makers meets the first Wednesday evening of each month in the Makerspace.

For ages: 16+

Sponsored by:
Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, in collaboration with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto.

June 15
Resource Roadmap Event

June 22, 2022

virtual event


Resource Roadmap SMC: A Service Providers Guide to Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients

June 22nd from 2-4pm PST




Are you a service provider who wants to learn how to better support clients who are transgender, nonbinary, or gender diverse? Join us for this free and comprehensive capacity-building workshop led by our Health Equity Coordinator, Alex Golding.


Together, we will cover relevant tips and strategies to help you and your clients navigate different resources across San Mateo County (housing, health & wellness, employment, legal, social, and more). We will also hold space to discuss ways that we as providers can begin to identify, address, and overcome any judgments and biases we may have that can impact our work with the transgender and gender-diverse community. There will be an interactive presentation followed by an in-depth Q&A. Registration link: 

Intended audience: Case Managers/Social Workers, Healthcare professionals, Mental Health Clinicians, Peer Support/Community Workers Please contact with any questions.


Accessibility: The workshop will be in English via Zoom; closed captioning can be provided.

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June 23, 2022

virtual event


Documentary Screening and Q&A:
TherActivist: They/Them/Theirs

Thursday, June 23, 7 - 8:15 p.m.





Join us to watch a special documentary, and talk with filmmakers Dana TherActivist Johnson and Dr. Khalid White.

Menlo Park, Burlingame, and San Mateo Libraries are teaming up to present this short film exploring Identity, Intersectionality, Trans Visibility, Allyship, Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In TherActivist, Dana Johnson shares their life experiences, and their therapeutic activism approach in servicing and empowering people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and marginalized populations.

About the Filmmakers
Dana TherActivist Johnson, MSW (They/Them/Theirs), is a gender non-binary masculine of center activist, author, documentary filmmaker, and workshop facilitator.


Dana currently serves as a LGBTQ Commissioner for the County of San Mateo.

Dr. Khalid White (He/Him/His) is an award-winner in the fields of Education, Film and Literature. He is an African American Studies Professor at San Jose City College, CEO of Blkmpwr and author of the popular children’s series Little Brother/Little Sister.

(Recommended for ages 16+)

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June 23

June 30, 2022

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virtual event

San Mateo County Pride Center 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, June 30th from 6-8pm PST






Come Celebrate with Pride!

Please join us as we virtually celebrate the San Mateo County Pride Center’s 5- year anniversary milestone event. We will hear from county leaders, community partners, some of our founding team members, and YOU (yes, YOU!) about the impact the Pride Center has made. Our celebration will be MCed by none other than Jesus U Bettawork and feature performances by the ever-popular Drag King troupe the Rebel Kings!

You’ve never witnessed an event like this before! There will be an integrative art component while we also pay homage to those of you who helped get us to become the Community Center we are today. Did we mention we put the FUN in fundraising?! The Pride Center will host a 50/50 draw when 1 lucky winner gets to walk away with HALF of what we raise. If that’s not enough, this will be your chance to shut the Program Director, Frankie Sapp (he/him) up! Make the awful dad jokes stop! Donate to throw a pie in the face of the “Boss that Bakes!”

Make some popcorn, grab your drinks, and get ready for a GAY OLD TIME!  Register now at to end Pride month with the San Mateo County Pride Center!

Accessibility: The workshop will be in English via Zoom; closed captioning can be provided.

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