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Anti-Prom Designs

In case you missed the runway fashion show at this year's Anti-Prom, the fabulous designs of the students from the High School of Fashion Industries are on view in the Fifth Avenue window of the Mid-Manhattan Library. And to see the story behind the designs check out our online videos of Design NYPL 2011. The teen-selected theme for the 2011 Anti-Prom was "Super Prom." Teen designers explored the meaning of super, from caped crusaders to spandex-wearing super villains and everything in between during their visits to the Library for the Read More ›

Queering Fiction: LGBTQ in YA Literature

 

 

Boy meets Boy while wandering in the Vast Fields of Ordinary? Kicked Out Tales from the Closet? From Glee to DADT to It Gets Better, what’s happening in the world of LGBT youth? Here from authors and illustrators as they talk diversity, identity and visibility in the YA book world. For ages 12 and up.

Today at the Library's Mulberry Street Branch at 4:30pm. 

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Tonight: Drag Show Video Verite 2011

Anti-Prom 2011

Check out great coverage of this year's Anti-Prom on Fox 5 News and in the New York Times: Read More ›

Celebrating 100 Years: The Centennial Exhibition

One of the notable themes in the Library's current Centennial exhibition is Gay and Lesbian history.  Items on view include GMHC's safe sex packets, early issues of the lesbian journal The Ladder,  a pamphlet from the Mattachine Society, and a signed copy of Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol. Check out the exhibition curator, Thomas Mellins, discussing Ballad of Reading Gaol, as well as an important print documenting early feminist movements in England. ... Read More ›

Scott Matthew in Concert!

Please join us the evening of April 20,2011, when singer and lyricist Scott Matthew plays a special concert at the Tompkins Square Branch Library.

Describing the lush informal beauty of his music, Glitterhouse Records says: “Scott Matthew’s music has truth and exigency. And he forms this into songs that are purely magnetic, that expose an honest beauty and sorrow, allowing listeners to take and feel part of the experience.”  Matthew’s most recent album is THERE IS Read More ›

An Artist Dialogue - Lyle Ashton Harris and Chuck Close

 

Tonight: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6 p.m.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

First come, first served

FREE - Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

 Widely known for his self-portraiture and explorations of identity in his photographs, videos, and performances, artist Lyle Ashton Harris has spent the last decade creating a monumental series of sepia-toned portraits with the large-format 

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Celebrating James Baldwin at the Schomburg Center Tonight!

 

 Head up to the Schomburg Center tonight for the opening sessions and amazing concert of multi-site conference sponsored by New York University, the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brecht Forum, and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, 5:30PMThe Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,Langston Hughes Auditorium, NYPL515 Malcolm X Boulevard (@135th Street), NY, NYOpening Reception: 5:30pm-6:15pm...Opening Plenary Roundtable: Read More ›

Elizabeth Bishop Centenary

 Reading through all the events and comments today on the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth Bishop's birth, I'm struck by the quietness around Bishop's sexuality. This is doubtlessly due to Bishop's own discretion in her work.  Despite the passion and loss communicated through her art, outright eroticism was rare in her work. One gorgeous exception is "Vague Poem" in the posthumous collection of her unpublished poems Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box: ... Read More ›

Love Speaks its Name

  The trouble with Valentine's Day ( or one of the troubles...) is the paucity of compelling images of LGBT lives and loves in all the hustle of red roses, pink love notes, and chocolate bonbons. If you are looking for inspiring words and thoughts on love, check out the poetry collection Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems edited by J. D. McClatchy. It has a beautiful arc of language ranging from Sappho to John Weiners. My favorite is a quiet gem called "Fable" by Robin Becker: 

…The story got 

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Happy Birthday Gertrude Stein

 "To be regularly gay was to do every day the gay thing that they did every day. To be regularly gay was to end every day at the same time after they had been regularly gay. They were regularly gay. They were gay every day. They ended every day in the same way, at the same time, and they had been every day regularly gay." Gertrude Stein. "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene." The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories edited by Margaret Reynolds. To celebrate Gertrude Stein's birthday today, born February 3rd 1874, check out these Read More ›

Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family

 

This Thursday,  February 3rd, Calm Tóibín discusses his new book, The Empty Family, with Paul Holdengraber for LIVE from the NYPL.

Calm Tóibín’s new collection of short stories, The Empty Family, demonstrates a profound understanding of human fragility and resilience – and the price we pay for 

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Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

Last week at the 2011 ALA Mid-Winter meeting in San Diego, the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Awards were announced as part of the ALA youth media awards. The award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience. This year's winner is Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher.  This groundbreaking young adult novel depicts the troubled Read More ›

Hide/Seek Video

In case you were unable to attend the Library's standing-room-only talk by Hide/Seek curators Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward, check out the video online through our website:Read More ›

Hide/Seek: Seeing and Speaking Sexuality in the Museum

 

 

Hide/Seek is a groundbreaking show, the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture, currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery. “Hide/Seek” considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender; how major themes in modern art—especially 

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Take Care of Your Blessings: Items from the Essex Hemphill/Wayson Jones Collection

 

Take Care of Your Blessings: Items from the Essex Hemphill/Wayson Jones CollectionNovember 3-13, 2010Black Gay & Lesbian Archive Project

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare BooksDivisionSchomburgCenter for Research in Black CultureNew York Public Library

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Special One-Day Exhibit of GMHC Records September 22nd

 The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division is pleased to announce the opening of the records of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). The collection comprises 170 linear feet of GMHC records, chiefly dating from 1982 to 1999, including correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports and brochures that document all aspects of the organization’s activities. Also of particular interest is the nearly 1,000 video recordings of interviews with founders and early members of the Read More ›

John Waters LIVE from the NYPL

  John Waters says "Modern Art hates you because you're stupid." That was just one of a battery of provocative statements that Waters volleyed from the analyst's couch last night with Paul Holdengraber.  Waters is of course the director of cult classics Pink FlamingosFemale Trouble and Hairspray, among others. He is also an Ambassador of the Library's LGBT Committee. Holdengraber played psychoanalyst to Waters, Read More ›

Celebrate the Author: June Jordan

 

 Join Sapphire, Staceyann Chin, Sofia Quintero, and Girls Write Now this Wednesday, June 9th at 5 p.m. at the Countee Cullen Library to celebrate the work of June Jordan. Be there to ask your questions about June Jordan, “His Own Where,” poetry, and more.

The Feminist 

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Modern Classics

  Very sweet picture of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home on display side by side with Catcher in the Rye at the newly opened St. Agnes Branch. The juxtaposition is perfect. It makes me realize how Bechdel's graphic novel is our classic coming-of-age story for contemporary LGBT readers. If you haven't read it yet, ... Read More ›
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