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Top 5 Most-Challenged Books of 2016 Include LGBTQ Themes

When the American Library Association (ALA) recently published its annual list of the most frequently challenged books in the nation, we noticed something similar about the top five most-challenged books: All of them feature LGBTQ characters and storylines.Read More ›

Marcia M. Gallo named NYPL's Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar for 2017

We are pleased to announce that Marcia M. Gallo has been selected as The New York Public Library’s Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar for 2017–2018. Read More ›

Listen to These Activists Making LGBT History

Almost 50 years after Stonewall, New York City's LGBT community is getting ready to march down 5th Avenue for the annual LGBT Pride March. The march commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, which began June 28, 1969. As we look back at that important moment, learning about the activists who shaped the LGBT movement has never been easier.Read More ›

#RainbowReading for Kids: 30 Books for 30 Days of Pride Month 2017

June isn't just Pride Month, it's also GLBT Book Month -- which means we have an opportunity to talk about some of the coolest, sweetest, most innovative books for kids: literature by, for, and about LGBTQ+ families.Read More ›

#RainbowReading: Pride Month at NYPL

Happy Pride Month! The Library is celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month with a variety of #RainbowReading books and exciting programs for all ages across our 92 locations. Read More ›

#RainbowReading for Adults: 30 Books for 30 Days of Pride Month 2017

June is Pride month, of course, but it’s also GLBT Book Month! We’re excited to present our favorite LGBTQ+ books each day of June. Read More ›

#RainbowReading for Teens: 30 Books for 30 Days of Pride Month 2017

We’re excited to present our favorite LGBTQ+ books each day of June -- and the books on this list are some of our favorites about and for LGBTQ+ teens. Read More ›

When We Rise: Books about LGBTQ Movement History

This week was the premiere of Dustin Lance Black's new historical miniseries When We Rise. If you want to learn more about LGBTQ activism from the 1970’s and beyond, check out these histories, biographies, and databases from collections.Read More ›

6 Books to Check Out on National Coming Out Day

Happy National Coming Out Day! Much like my experience being out has evolved in the 12 years since I first came out, LGBT literature has also shifted to tell more than just coming out stories. In the spirit of this, here are some great books with LGBTQIA characters that show many different out realities.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 ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar: Hugh Ryan

We are pleased to announce that Hugh Ryan has been selected as the New York Public Library's Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar for 2016-2017. Hugh Ryan is a curator and journalist based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture and history. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and sits on the Board of QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking. During his fellowship at the Library, he will 

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New York Teens Send "Love Letters" to their Orlando Counterparts

The letter-writing campaign at New York Public Library’s Anti-Prom provided a way for all teens—especially those who identify as LGBTQ—to process what happened in a safe space.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 ›

LGBTQ Books for the Youngest Readers

It’s never too early to read children books that speak to equality.Read More ›

Celebrating Pride Month With Music and Style

NYPL is kicking off Gay Pride month with fun, inspiring and FIERCE events. 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 ›

Boarding-School Book Bonanza

Close quarters, no parental supervision, lots of teens, too-strict rules or no rules at all…no doubt, boarding schools are fertile ground for stories about burgeoning relationships and finding identity.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 ›

Telling the Stories of the Trans Community

“Write what you know,” they say. So, for TransgenderAwareness Month, we present trans authors (and one author with trans family members) who’ve written memorable trans characters—one book for children, one for young adults, and one for adults.Read More ›
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