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Blog Posts by Subject: Gay and Lesbian Studies

Looking for Langston, Du Bois, and Miss La La: An Interview with Author John Keene

An interview with John Keene: a writer-in-residence in the Library’s Wertheim Study in 2013, where he researched and wrote Counternarratives, for which he received an American Book Award and a Lannan Literary Award in Fiction in 2016.Read More ›

Stonewall in Pictures

The White House designation of Stonewall as a national monument prominently featured LGBT historical materials from our Manuscripts & Archives Division, available online in our Digital Collections. Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

True-crime in New York...cheating Hitler...healthy Jewish cooking...the tainted lives of the children of dictators...the power of imagery...a trip through Provence....the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet...America’s World War II secret...a sequential information memory workshop...the first travel journalist of the '20s and '30s...the life of Lafayette...making good habits matter....the future of LGBT rights.Read More ›

Celebrating Queer Voices in Black Music History

Housed in our vast collection of materials and resources on black LGBTQ identity, which includes the In The Life Archive, are the portrait collections of blues singers Gertrude Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith in the Photographs and Prints Division.Read More ›

10 Years of LGBT Prize-Winning Reads

From short erotic fiction to a trans picture book and from LGBT graphic novels to a deeply reported book on Lawrence v. Texas, we're looking back at the incredible Lammy winners of the last ten years.Read More ›

June Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Strengths and strains of adult-sibling relationships...genetic genealogy, issues of race, slavery reparations and reconciliation...the complex story of the South Street Seaport District...a gritty story of corruption, greed and law enforcement in Brooklyn...the adventures of Sherlock Holmes... Join us this month for one or more of the author talks at Mid-Manhattan.Read More ›

GLBT Book Month: Identity as a Detail, Not Feature

Here are some stories where this is a detail about the character—not the main focus of the story.Read More ›

Celebrating 2016's LGBT Pride Month at NYPL

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, and the Library is proud to be hosting a wide array of events throughout the month to celebrate. Join us for conversations, trivia, dancing, and much more with one of our exciting events.Read More ›

Celebrating Transgender Jews

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, the Dorot Jewish Division celebrates transgender Jews with these inspiring stories and recommended reading.Read More ›

New LGBTQ Picks for Teens

NYC Pride is almost here, and we're celebrating with a new crop of books for young members of the LGBTQ community.Read More ›

Books About Transgender Issues for Teens

Teen literature spends a good proportion of its existence taking on tough topics, shedding light on what it means to be different and how we strive to become our most authentic selves. So it should come as a surprise to no one that teen lit has been showcasing the courageous, true and fictional, stories of transgender teens, teens struggling with gender identity and teens dealing with transgender friends and family members for years. Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive

The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive is now available at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Celebrating Jewish LGBT Pride

In honor of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Pride Month in June, the Dorot Jewish Division recognizes the achievements of LGBT Jews in history and in the Library’s collection. Here are some key moments and figures.Read More ›

Interview with Steven Fullwood, Curator and Co-Editor of "Black Gay Genius"

Farrah Lopez, the Schomburg Center's Communications Pre-Professional, spoke to Steven Fullwood, Assistant Curator for our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, about his “Epistolary Lives” collection in our current exhibition, Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters, and his latest book, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Black Gay Genius.Read More ›

Not Just Coming Out Stories

Our reader asked us for "recommendations for gay fiction that is NOT erotica and also not just coming out stories?" Here are a few suggestions from our staff.Read More ›

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit LGBT Families

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Carl Fillichio, head of the Labor Department's Office of Public Affairs. Carl states that many LGBT workers are employed in low-wage jobs and supporting families. 5.4 million of them would benefit greatly from increasing the national minimum wage. Read More ›

Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces

Unite magazine, a bi-monthly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business publication, featured Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez in an article "Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces" in its October/November issue. Read More ›

Eastern Conference of Homophile Organizations, 1964

Given the dramatic remapping of marriage equality this past week, it is useful to look back to a very different kind of map of LGBT rights drafted 50 years ago from the archives of a pioneering gay rights group whose records are held in the Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division.Read More ›

Undetectable Flash Collective

In order to foster a community conversation about HIV and AIDS in dialogue with the Library’s major archives on the history of the AIDS crisis, The New York Public Library is hosting a project to create site-specific installations in four library branches—across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—that explore the ways that HIV and AIDS are currently affecting these local New York City communities.Read More ›

Booktalking "Hey, Dollface" by Deborah Hautzig

Val and Chloe are best friends extraordinaire. After spending much time with Chloe, Val finds that other people pale in comparison.Read More ›
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