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Connecting you with the LGBT collections, programs, and expertise that The New York Public Library has to offer.

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

"Where Were You During the Christopher Street Riots?"

Founded in 1950, the Mattachines took their name from a French Renaissance-era group of masked peasants who performed skits during the Feast of Fools – often ones that poked fun at or protested their treatment at the hands of the local nobility. Along with the Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian social and political group founded in San Francisco in 1955, they advocated a kind of radical normality in the face of the overwhelming consensus that homosexuals were deviant, pathological, and diseased. Looking at pictures of them now is like looking at gay activists by way of Leave It to Beaver. Yet Read More ›

Booktalking "Money Boy" by Paul Yee

No money, no home, no place to stay, no idea of how to support yourself. Read More ›

A Prophecy Before Our Time: The Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic Opens in 1972: Controversies and Legacies

Guest post Perry Brass.Read More ›
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