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Filled with Pride for Annapolis

June 7th, 2024

Dear Neighbor,



🏳️‍🌈Celebrating at the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival!🏳️‍⚧️


Yesterday, my family and I gathered to celebrate Annapolis Pride - a time to reflect on the journey, honor our diversity, and reaffirm our commitment to equality, love, and acceptance. Pride is not just a celebration; it's a powerful statement of resilience and solidarity, a reminder of the progress we've made, and a call to action for the work that remains. I am SO THANKFUL to have been joined by Delegate Nick Allen, Delegate Kris Fair, Sarah Elfreth for Congress, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Allison Pickard, County Councilwoman District 2 and the Angela Alsobrooks campaign as well as many members from Maryland Democratic Party!


Our community is rich in its diversity. We come from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, but we are united by a shared belief in the right to love and live authentically. It is this unity that makes #Annapolis strong, and it is our diversity that makes us vibrant.

But while we celebrate our achievements, we must also acknowledge the challenges that remain. Discrimination, violence, and inequality still exist, and they affect our community every day. Transgender individuals, people of color, and LGBTQ+ youth often face the harshest realities. It is our duty to stand with them, to amplify their voices, and to fight for a world where everyone is free to be who they are without fear. As your Annapolis State Representative I have done that every day in office and I will always stand with you. Always!


Pride is a reminder that love is a powerful force for change. It is a reminder that every one of us has a role to play in creating a more inclusive and just world. Whether we are marching in parades, advocating for policy changes, or simply supporting a friend in need, our actions matter. Together, we can build a future where every person is valued and respected for who they are.




 

Thank you so Much for Your Support!



 Thank you for making my Summer Kickoff Fundraiser such a huge success!

I am incredibly grateful to everyone who made my breakfast such a memorable and successful event! Your support, participation, and enthusiasm is truly inspiring!








 

Join me at the Annapolis Juneteenth Parade and Festival! 

Annapolis is so lucky for all of the joy and celebration happening in June! Join me and my family at the upcoming Annapolis Juneteenth Parade and Festival! The parade will kick off at 12PM at City Dock and march up to Maryland Hall for the festival at the Bates Athletic Complex located at 935 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. The music festival will begin at 2:00PM. For more information on entertainment, vending and volunteer opportunities, and more click here!

For Parking and Transportation information, click here!  

 


Celebrate Juneteenth at the Carr’s Beach Reunion!


Don’t wait until the weekend to start the Juneteenth festivities! Join Annapolis Recreation & Parks Department on Wednesday, June 19th as they capture the excitement of the legendary concerts that drew crowds from all along the East Coast. This special tribute concert is free and will take place from 3-7pm at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 7300 Edgewood Road. They will have great music, local vendors, and food trucks. Please bring a folding chair. They especially welcome those who attended events at Carr's Beach during the resort's heyday. Please come and record your memories so that local history can be preserved for future generations!! 

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Career Day at Tyler Heights Elementary School


Thank you to Tyler Heights Elementary for inviting me to participate in their career day last week!!  Such amazing students with so many great questions. Although, it was a little tough following up some of our amazing Annapolis Blues players! Looking forward to being back there again this fall for some of their helping hands clean ups!!



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Pride Month with AACPL!


June is a month brimming with vibrant colors, love and acceptance as we come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It's a time to honor the struggles, triumphs and contributions of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, nonbinary and more.


At Anne Arundel County Public Library, we strongly believe in fostering inclusivity and promoting diversity, making our libraries safe spaces for all. So come on in and join us as we dive headfirst into the spirit of Pride Month! Get ready to explore a treasure trove of amazing LGBTQ+ literature, exciting events and an abundance of free resources available to everyone!


One of the most powerful ways to commemorate LGBTQ+ Pride Month is through literature. Our libraries offer a diverse collection of books that delve into LGBTQ+ themes, share personal stories and provide invaluable insights into the community's history and struggles. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, our collection encompasses a wide range of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. By immersing ourselves in these narratives, we can walk in the shoes of LGBTQ+ individuals, fostering empathy and understanding. 

To honor Pride Month, we have thoughtfully curated book lists and captivating displays in our libraries, featuring LGBTQ+ authors and their remarkable works. Whether you're seeking LGBTQ+ romance, coming-of-age tales or thought-provoking essays, our collection caters to all interests. 


Choose your next read from our lists of books written by or about the LGBTQ+ community! 

  • Check out our booklists for kids, teens and adults

  • Download books by LGBTQ+ authors in eBook and eAudiobook formats to enjoy instantly using Overdrive/Libby

  • Looking for more books written by LGBTQ+ authors? Use NoveList’s “Advanced Search” feature to generate a list of books by authors with specific identities.

  • Explore information on LGBTQ+ identity, culture, civil rights, perspectives and more using our Diversity Studies and Opposing Viewpoints databases.

Make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 1st from 12 pm to 5 pm! Join us as we proudly participate in this joyous celebration of love and acceptance. Visit our outreach vehicles and information table at the festival to connect with us and learn more about our inclusive library community. 


Throughout June, we have a vibrant lineup of LGBTQ+-themed events for all ages hosted at our libraries. From engaging Pride arts & crafts sessions for teens, kids and families to Rainbow Family Storytime, there's something for everyone. Test your knowledge at our Trivia Night, enjoy thought-provoking films at our Queer Representation Film Screenings or socialize and grow your community at our Pride Family Social. These events aim to create spaces where LGBTQ+ individuals and allies can come together, celebrate and learn.Visit our Pride Month events calendar for a complete list of programs.

At Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, we offer a wide range of free resources to support the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Our collection includes books, online databases and access to community resources that cover LGBTQ+ related topics, such as coming out, mental health, LGBTQ+ history and gender identity. Our compassionate librarians are trained to provide a safe and understanding space for those seeking information or guidance, ensuring that everyone feels welcomed and supported. 

As we celebrate Pride Month at our libraries, we invite everyone to join us in embracing diversity, promoting acceptance and championing equality. Our libraries are safe havens where all voices are heard, respected and celebrated. Let's stand together, united and proud, as we recognize the invaluable contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in shaping a brighter future for all.


 

You can follow me on Facebook, X, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3211.


Stay safe and healthy, 


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