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Montgomery County Public Libraries Celebrates Pride Month Through its Contemporary Conversations Series

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 22, 2020

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is honoring Pride Month by hosting a panel discussion about LGBTQ issues during its Contemporary Conversation series. The free virtual event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

The event is co-sponsored by Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass and the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.

Councilmember Glass will moderate the discussion of panelists which include:

Claire Rudy Foster, a queer, nonbinary trans author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and McSweeneys;

Literary activist Deacon Maccubin, founder and owner of Lambda Rising Books, the first bookstore in the D.C. Metropolitan area focused on gay culture;

Writer and attorney Tyrese L. Coleman, whose work has been nominated for a 2019 PEN Open Book Award; and

MCPL staff member Beth Chandler, who will share information regarding LGBTQ books and resources available through MCPL.

“We are fortunate to have a library system that celebrates Pride month and the incredible diversity we have here in Montgomery County,” said Councilmember Evan Glass. “The contemporary conversations program is a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn more about LGBTQ+ history and provide support for our LGBTQ+ neighbors.”

“We are very excited to bring this virtual program during Pride Month,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “This is a great opportunity to converse about LGBTQ issues that are relevant to our society.”

Contemporary Conversations is a community forum to talk about cultural and current issues with experienced authors and journalists and to engage in enriching conversations.

Registration and more information is available on the Contemporary Conversation webpage. Additional questions can be emailed to Clotilde Puértolas at

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Release ID: 20-333
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-463-2442