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Carry the Word

Steven Fullwood, archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is a very busy man. In addition to his pioneering work as Project Director of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive at the Center, he is also a prolific writer, editor, and publisher. Last year, Fullwood co-edited an essential bibliography of Black LGBT writings with Lisa C. Moore, editor of RedBone Press, Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Writings. Recently, Steven and Lisa slowed down for a few Read More ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars

The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of the LGBT Visiting Scholars Program thanks to the generous support of LGBT Committee Ambassador Martin Duberman and his partner Eli Zal. Each year the Library will provide stipends for up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. The stipends will support travel to New York City and related expenses to do LGBT studies research in the Library's collections. The travel grants awarded will range from $1,000 to $8,500. The awards will be limited to emerging scholars---those without permanent academic appointments---or those who Read More ›

Derek Jarman Film Series

Throughout the month of October, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be presenting the films of gay, British director Derek Jarman. Jarman, who began his career as a designer and artist, became famous as a director of experimental films that spanned punk, queer, activist and pop sensibilities. He was also a great Read More ›

Banned Books Week 2008

This week, September 27-October 4, is Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. The American Library Association compiles an annual list of most banned books based on newspaper reports and the reports from librarians across the country. These are books that have been challenged with a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that the book be removed because of its content or appropriateness. Banned Books Week serves as an annual reminder of the fragility of intellectual freedom and as a Read More ›

Behind the Scenes: Processing LGBT Collections

 We were thrilled recently to host a visit from Judith Armstrong, close friend of LGBT Committee Ambassador Kay Tobin Lahusen. Judith stopped by the Library to take a look at The Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen Gay History Papers and Photographs and to meet Laura Karas who is about to begin processing the collection. Laura has just completed work on the Read More ›

Focus on the 70s: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan

 There is currently an amazing photography exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Louis B. Cullman Center. Focus on the 70s: The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan presents 400 photographs from across Duncan's career. Kenn Duncan---who was a champion roller-skater and professional dancer before picking up the camera---worked predominantly for Dance Magazine and Read More ›

Body Talk, August 18th

 Last week's readings hosted by the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive at the Schomburg Center were a tremendous success. Above are pictured Pamela Sneed, Linda Villarosa, and Cheryl Clarke during the Q&A after their reading on August 18th. The readings were held in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Reading Room (you can see newly acquired boxes for processing in the back...). For more pictures click through below.Read More ›

New Acquisitions

We have been busy this summer negotiating the acquisition of many gift collections, large and small. This week we were thrilled to recieve the backfiles of Pinups from photographer, editor, and provocateur Christopher Schulz. Pinups is a gorgeous, smart, tender new magazine that shows the beauty of everyday gay men. The aesthetic has been called "post-bear," but it's actually very 1970's. It reminds me of After Dark and Read More ›

Remembering Del Martin

 We are truly saddened to hear the news today of the passing of pioneering lesbian activist Del Martin. Del and her partner Phyllis Lyon were instrumental in the founding of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first national lesbian organization in the United States. Martin and Lyon were historically married in California this June after 55 years of love and activism together. Their work together ranged from the Daughters of Bilitis and editing The Ladder, to work with NOW, and more recently serving as delegates to the White House Conference on Aging.  They authored the classics Read More ›


Tonight and tomorrow there will be two exciting programs hosted by the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Tonight, lesbian writers Cheryl Clarke, Pamela Sneed and Linda Villarosa will read from their latest workCheryl Clarke will read from her new anthology, To Be Left with the Body, which she co-edited with BGLA project Read More ›

LGBT@NYPL on iTunes

The LGBT Committee has a new channel on iTunes where you can enjoy the Library's programs from your home or iPod. The new channel gives you access to the wide range of LGBT programming at the Library---from intimate discussions with major LGBT writers like Edmund White to oral histories of ACT-UP alumn Ann Northrop to LGBT teen outreach. You can also access LGBT Committee events, like the Committee's launch event this spring. Look forward to more online programs and video tours as we expand our LGBT ... Read More ›

The Anti-Prom 2008

Illustration by Ivan Velez, Jr.This year's Anti-Prom, held on June 5th, was a tremendous success. Over 200 teens rocked the Library's Astor Hall to the sounds of DJ Johnny Dynell who played everything from the saucy Reggaeton standard "Gasolina" to hardcore punk. Chi Chi Valenti and the Jackie Factory provided dancers costumed like characters from Japanese manga and  anime---space-age samurai and geisha---in line Read More ›

Photographs by Diana Davies

Recently released on the Library's Digital Gallery are photographs by Diana Davies. Davies' photographs provide a unique, close-up view into LGBT activism in the late 60s and early 70s, with a sharp focus on Read More ›

Eminent Domain

 Zoe Leonard. "Two Pairs" from Analogue, 1998-2007The current photography show at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Eminent Domain: Read More ›

Christopher Street Liberation Day

 Diana Davies. Gay "Be-In," Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York, June 28, 1970.The first LGBT pride marches were held on June 28, 1970. Originally called Christopher Street Liberation Day, marches Read More ›

The Cockettes take New York

 The seminal 1970s San Fransisco drag troupe The Cockettes, whose luminous members included Hibiscus and Sylvester, are holding a reunion of their surviving members this week in New York City with an amazing range of Read More ›

Drag Programs in June at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

 For LGBT Pride month, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be holding two exciting drag programs in the month of June. On Thursday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m. will be:Drag Show Video Vérité: The Ultimate NYC Drag Show…on Video TapeAn ALL NEW edition, featuring rare footage of: Adrian, Joan Jett Blakk, Lady Bunny, Agnes de Garron, Mo B. Dick, Dorian, Ethyl Eichelberger, Clover Honey, La JohnJoseph, Dean Read More ›

GLBT Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Conference

The New York Public Library is proud to be co-sponsoring the 2008 GLBT Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Conference that is being hosted by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY. The conference will include an orientation to the LGBT archives at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and a closing tour of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The full conference schedule is available ... Read More ›

Edward Albee in Conversation with Marian Seldes, April 17

On April 17th at 6 p.m., Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright and LGBT Committee Ambassador Edward Albee will be in conversation with Marion Seldes at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  Among his many plays, Albee is best known for his works Who's Afraid of 

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Anti-Prom on June 5th: Save the Date

Pictured above are James St. James, original club kid and YA author; Megan Honig, Young Adult Librarian at the Seward Park Branch; and Hillias J. Martin, Assistant Coordinator of Young Adult Services, at last year's Anti-Prom held at the Donnell Library Center.  The Anti-Prom provides an alternative, safe-space for LGBTQ teens, who may not feel welcome at official school proms or dances, as well as many other teens. This year's Anti-Prom will be held at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue the evening of ... Read More ›
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