At a time when our existence is being used as a wedge issue to divide our communities, families, and government, we must lean into reimagining what our collective queer future can look like. What does a resilient queer community believe in? Where does that community gather and break bread? Share, laugh and learn together? Take action and organize together? That’s the future we’re building at LLACE. With this year’s Big Day of Giving campaign, we’re asking our community members to envision their radical queer futures.
To continue to collect these stories and our history we’ve set a goal to raise $15,000 for our small but important space to receive technical upgrades and equipment. Many of you supported last year’s Glow-up campaign and those funds have helped us renovate the library so that we could remove the retro brown carpet, dim colors and old furniture. We’ve painted the walls, redone the floors, and redesigned the interior to create more seating areas and flexible space for gatherings and community events. We’re refurbishing our windows, purchasing signage with the new Lavender Library logo and adding outdoor seating.
For this year’s Big Day of Giving, our goal is to raise $15,000 for the Lavender Library to invest in our radical queer future. Here’s how we’ll spend the money fundraised:
Scanner - Sacramento’s queerest archive needs a reboot! Our objective is to add an archival scanner for our collection of mixed media, digitize it, and make it more accessible to all in our community. The materials have local importance and significance. Average cost: $4,000
Projector - We’ve had a TV on a rolling cart to view LGBTQ+ media for over a decade. Let’s change that. We want to update the way we offer media to the community by purchasing a projector which will show films, movies, and queer art, and host talks, authors, and local historians. Average cost: $350
Speaker, Microphone/Sound System - We host the Other Mic, a monthly LGBTQ+ POC-forward open mic and comedy show. During the pandemic we moved the monthly event to Southside Park where we complied with social distancing guidelines and had a blast, but we borrowed speakers from a generous community member. We’d like to purchase our own PA / sound system. Average cost: $700
Archival Audio Equipment - With dedicated support from one of our volunteers we’re developing an oral history project of the LGBTQ+ community in Sacramento.
Computer / laptop & printer - We are thrilled to announce a new quiet space for studying, reading, and co-working at the library! Our vision is to purchase two additional laptops that members could check out for two hours at a time in the library. To make the space even more convenient and useful for community members, we want to include a small printer for any printing needs folks may have like a resume or a paper that someone has due next week. The Library’s current administrative printer is old and is slow at printing multiple documents. This is just another way to further serve our community. Average cost: $2,500
Electronic display board - We learned the hard way during our glow-up that removing years of tape from windows is a time-consuming task. We’re hoping to modernize our announcements and community events by displaying everything on an Electronic Display Board which will be more eye-catching, easier to update, and share additional local information. Average cost: $1,000
An Owl for hybrid meetings and events - Zoom meetings are here to stay. One valuable lesson learned during the pandemic was how hybrid meetings make connecting more accessible. Bringing the library into modern times, we want to purchase an ‘owl’ for hybrid meetings — it’s a 360 camera, mic, and speaker specifically made for hosting events in-person and online simultaneously. Imagine Zoom Q&As with authors, community activists, and LGBTQ+ people from across the country and globe, and support groups that are accessible from home with high-quality video and sound so it feels like we’re together. Let’s connect our community and make these connections stronger than ever. Average total cost $1,000
That covers our $15,000 goal for Big Day of Giving 2022, but our dreams don’t stop there! We’ll also be submitting a SMUD SHINE grant application this summer to help us reinvest in our lighting, air filters, and fans and ensure our space is energy efficient, safe, and ADA compliant.