Call To Action : Stand in Solidarity with the Sonoma County Library as They Host Family-friendly Drag Story Hours
Over the weekend, Santa Rosa Community College was vandalized by an anti-lgbtq+ and white supremacist hate group. This was a targeted attack on the LGBTQ+ community as reported in The Press Democrat’s article, linked here. The flyers posted by this group directly attacked Pride month, and they targeted SRJC’s Queer Resource Center (QRC) by tearing down and stealing our flags (Philadelphia pride flag + Transgender flag) and posting a flyer directly covering a rainbow flag in an Intercultural Center window.
The hate speech that was posted on our campus was also posted at other local organizations who visibly support the local LGBTQ+ community, like Brew, True till Death Tattoo, Shady Oak Barrel House and The Astro motel. Flyers contained a QR code which led to a video proclaiming, “Happy Straight Month” and advocating for “Straight Pride.”
This act of hate is unacceptable in our community and on our campus.
The QRC students, staff, and faculty are experiencing this local harm within the larger context of anti-trans policy and sentiment sweeping the nation. There have been more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ laws proposed this year alone; additionally, the largest gay rights organization in the world, The Human Rights Campaign, recently declared a state of emergency warning for LGBTQ+ people living in the US.
The QRC and the LGBTQ PAC stand in solidarity with queer and trans students, and we offer the following resources and opportunities to get engaged:
Reach out directly to the QRC to be connected to our resources, programming, support, and student discord.
Queer Resource Center at Santa Rosa
Summer 2023 Hours
Tuesday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Contact Email: [email protected]
Invitation to Local Direct Action
Stand in solidarity with the Sonoma County Library as they host family-friendly drag story hours.
From the Sonoma County Library:
Drag King VERA will visit four library branches to read children’s stories.
We’d like to rally a big group of LGBTQIA+ folks and our allies to hang out outside the library about 30 mins before each event to show our support and create a safe, rainbowy welcome to all attending.
Sat, June 17:
- 10:30am – Gather outside Petaluma Regional Library
- 11am-12pm – Drag Story Hour with VERA
- 1:30pm – Gather outside Rincon Valley Regional Library
- 2pm-3pm – Drag Story Hour with VERA
Sun, June 18:
- 12:30pm – Gather outside Windsor Regional Library
- 1pm-1pm – Drag Story Hour with VERA
- 2:30pm – Gather outside Central Santa Rosa Library
- 3pm-4pm – Drag Story Hour with VERA