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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 ›

LGBTQ Books for the Teen Age

This week The New York Public Library published our 79th edition of Books for the Teen Age, which pulls together the best in young adult literature, including books for LGBTQ teens.  Check out this year's exciting LGBTQ selections:Read More ›

GAY POWER by David Eisenbach

 David Eisenbach’s Gay Power: An American Revolution provides a definitive history of gay and lesbian activism in New York City from the 1950s to the 80s. His study was researched largely through the collections of the New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division. Eisenbach begins his study with consideration of the politics Read More ›

Lincoln Kirstein: Alchemist

 Lincoln Kirstein. Photograph by George Platt Lynes. Gift of Marie-Jeanne, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Copyright Estate of George Platt Lynes2007 was the centennial of the birth of Lincoln Kirstein who, with George Balanchine, co-founded the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, two of the most important dance institutions in the world. In the fall The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrates his unparalleled achievements with the exhibition Read More ›

On James Baldwin: LIVE from the NYPL

 "Here on 42nd Street it was less elegant but no less strange," a young novelist wrote in the early fifties. "He loved this street, not for the people or the shops but for the stone lions that guarded the great main building of the Public Library, a building filled with books and unimaginably vast, and which he had never yet dared to enter." The passage is from Go Tell It on the Mountain. James Baldwin was one of many who got over their fear, their awe of the lions and the marble and the grandeur. He, too, walked in, and he left behind his books, a shelf of gifts in a palace of many Read More ›


Hi, I’m Jason Baumann and I’m editor of the LGBT @ NYPL blog and staff manager of the Library’s LGBT Committee.  Professionally, I’m Special Assistant to the Director of the New York Public Library and teach courses in education outreach and cultural diversity at Pratt Institute’s School of Library and Information Science. In addition to my work in public libraries, I also have a long-time commitment to LGBT activism. I was an active member of ACT-UP and Queer Nation, a performer with Lavender Light: The Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir, and have been ... Read More ›
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