Celebrating Pride at Cleveland Public Library

Music at Main Featuring Kyle Kidd

In celebration of Pride month, Cleveland Public Library welcomes Cleveland vocalist Kyle Kidd whose powerful voice creates Black Art, pulling from the many different avenues of Black music and culture, vocally fusing classical, jazz, blues, gospel, funk and soul.

Main Library, Eastman Reading Garden
Saturday, June 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

The Next 400: The intersection of African American and LGBTQ+ Identity

Cleveland Public Library and WOIO are hosting a Next 400 Roundtable discussion on about lived experiences at the intersections of the African American and LGBTQ+ Identity

Facebook Live
Thursday, June 10, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Legal Aid at the Library: Know Your Rights – LGBTQ+ Rights and Issues

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland provides free education via Facebook Live about important legal topics that affect you and your family. 

Facebook Live
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Recommended Reads from OverDrive

Ohio Pride

Ellis Avery


The only author to ever win the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award twice, Ellis Avery was raised in Columbus, Ohio; wrote two novels, a memoir, and a book of poetry; taught fiction writing at Columbia University and University of California, Berkely; and won awards from the Ohioana Library Association and Lambda Literary Foundation.

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Filmmaker and Author

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is a Mexican American filmmaker and award-winning author of books for teens and children including the American Library Association Stonewall Award-winning Fat Angie. e.E. co-founded Never Counted Out, a non-profit which empowers at-risk youth through access to the arts and creative mentorships.

Aubrey Wertheim


Aubrey Wertheim, born Robert Wertheim, was a gay rights activist who served as Director of Services for the Lesbian Gay Community Service Center of Greater Cleveland, began the Maryanne Finegan Anti-Violence Project, created PRYSM, a support group for gay youth and founded the Living Room, the mid-west’s first HIV/AIDS drop-in center. Wertheim was an award winning playwright.

Charles Callender

Professor, Editor, Publisher

Charles Callender moved to Cleveland when he became a professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. He was the editor and publisher of the newspaper the “Gay People’s Chronicle” from its inception in 1984/85 until his death in 1986. The chronicle ceased publication in 2019. In his honor CWRU established the Callender Memorial Award, which is given to undergraduates who show outstanding achievement in anthropology.

Richard Cole

Artistic Director, North Coast Men’s Chorus

Richard Cole is the Artistic Director of the North Coast Men’s Chorus, a role he assumed in the late 90’s. He’s a 1981 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in music education. Mr. Cole served as Chair for the 2014 Gay Games’ Band and Choral events, and received a 2015 LGBT Heritage Day award from the City of Cleveland for contributions to community entertainment.

Kenyon Farrow

Writer, Activist, Director

A Writer, Activist, Director and Educator of racial and economic justice issues related to the LGBTQ community. Born in the 1980s at the height of the HIV epidemic, he became an activist at the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland, and held sex-education workshops. His education started at Hawken School and Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1999, he moved to New York to pursue Acting, but quickly shifted back to continuing his education and passion for social justice.