Edmund White, born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. When he was 7, his parents divorced and he (with his mother and sister) went to live in Evanston (on the outskirts of Chicago), while spending summers with his father in Cincinnati.
Edmund attended The Cranbrook Academy, and later the University of Michigan, where he
by Dennis Orlov, Volunteer, Collections Strategy/LGBT Collections April 18, 2012
Joe Brainard was born in 1941 in Salem, Arkansas and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A gentle, unathletic stutterer, Joe exhibited artistic talent from an early age. It was his way of dealing with the outside world of the public school in a working-class neighborhood. “Artistic” was a wide range of things, including designing his mother’s dresses. He won practically every art contest he entered.
by Dennis Orlov, Volunteer, Collections Strategy/LGBT Collections April 11, 2012
“Things have made you what you are... What you are will make you what you will become.”
—Samuel R. Delany, Dahlgren
(Whatever. You wish you could grow a beard like that...)
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., a.k.a. “Chip” (a nickname he gave himself at a summer camp, approximately age 12, because all of his friends had nicknames and he didn’t. “They mostly call me Chip” he introduced
by Dennis Orlov, Volunteer, Collections Strategy/LGBT Collections March 21, 2012
Hello, all. Thank you for keeping an eye on what's going on at the LGBT initiative at The New York Public Library.
My name is Dennis Orlov, I am a 30-year old recent transplant from Portland, Oregon. I am fascinated by this city, its history, and its people, especially when it comes to the LGBT community. I am not a specialist on LGBT issues or history, neither am I a writer. I'm just an avid reader, trying to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of the history of "my people."
by Miranda McDermott, Bronx Library Center February 24, 2012
The way that I have been inspired to read teen literature tends to be from meeting authors, listening to them talk about their work, and then getting curious about what they wrote. This happened to me first with Walter Dean Myers, then with David Levithan. I heard Levithan discuss his work at a Teen Week event at The New York Public Library and was inspired to read How They Met and Other Stories. Levithan seemed very interesting to me. I have read some of his other works, but I am impressed by the variety of perspectives he has on love stories in this particular work.
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections October 31, 2011
Tomorrow, November 1st at 6pm, join Thomas Glave (English, General Literature, and Rhetoric, SUNY Binghamton) at the CUNY Graduate Center for this year's Audre Lorde/Essex Hemphill Memorial Lecture. Thomas Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories, The Torturer's Wife, and the essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (winner of a 2005 Lambda Literary Award). He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (winner of a 2008 Lambda Literary Award). The Audre Lorde/Essex Hemphill Memorial Lecture is
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections October 11, 2011
In case you need some inspiration this National Coming Out Day, check out It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating A Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller. The book shares stories of coming out and thriving from LGBT notables from Gene Robinson to Suze Orman, as well as everyday people. My favorite is Urvashi Vaid's essay "The only reason big changes happen is when people like you and me decide to fight for things to change, when we take action to make ... Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections September 20, 2011
Given today's historic repeal of DADT, it important to remember just how long exclusion from military service has been affecting LGBT people in the U.S. It is often thought that exclusion of gays and lesbians from military service focussed in WWII. However, there is evidence that there were soldiers discharged for homosexuality as early as the American revolutionary war. Last year, the Library received a unique letter documenting a member of the U.S. navy who was discharged for homosexuality in 1914. The donor, David Jarrett kindly transcribed the letter with the donation. The letter is Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections August 29, 2011
If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Michael Schiavi’s new biography of Vito Russo: Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. As Schiavi eloquently glosses—“Twenty years after Vito’s death, we remember him as the author of The Celluloid Closet, as one of Gay Liberation’s angriest agitators, and as one of the earliest, most eloquent voices raised on behalf of people with AIDS.” The biography was researched using the Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections June 25, 2011
Remember, marriage equality passed in New York last night because of 40 years of political activism. Pictured above is GAA's Jim Owles with "Gay Power to Gay Lovers" wedding cake at the Gay Activist Alliance's zap of the New York City Clerk for marriage equality in 1971. CONGRATULATIONS!!!... Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections June 23, 2011
In case you missed the runway fashion show at this year's Anti-Prom, the fabulous designs of the students from the High School of Fashion Industries are on view in the Fifth Avenue window of the Mid-Manhattan Library. And to see the story behind the designs check out our online videos of Design NYPL 2011. The teen-selected theme for the 2011 Anti-Prom was "Super Prom." Teen designers explored the meaning of super, from caped crusaders to spandex-wearing super villains and everything in between during their visits to the Library for the Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections June 20, 2011
Boy meets Boy while wandering in the Vast Fields of Ordinary? Kicked Out Tales from the Closet? From Glee to DADT to It Gets Better, what’s happening in the world of LGBT youth? Here from authors and illustrators as they talk diversity, identity and visibility in the YA book world. For ages 12 and up.
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections May 18, 2011
One of the notable themes in the Library's current Centennial exhibition is Gay and Lesbian history. Items on view include GMHC's safe sex packets, early issues of the lesbian journal The Ladder, a pamphlet from the Mattachine Society, and a signed copy of Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol. Check out the exhibition curator, Thomas Mellins, discussing Ballad of Reading Gaol, as well as an important print documenting early feminist movements in England. ... Read More ›
Describing the lush informal beauty of his music, Glitterhouse Records says: “Scott Matthew’s music has truth and exigency. And he forms this into songs that are purely magnetic, that expose an honest beauty and sorrow, allowing listeners to take and feel part of the experience.” Matthew’s most recent album is THERE IS Read More ›
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections March 23, 2011
Tonight: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6 p.m.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
First come, first served
FREE - Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Widely known for his self-portraiture and explorations of identity in his photographs, videos, and performances, artist Lyle Ashton Harris has spent the last decade creating a monumental series of sepia-toned portraits with the large-format
by Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities & LGBT Collections February 18, 2011
Head up to the Schomburg Center tonight for the opening sessions and amazing concert of multi-site conference sponsored by New York University, the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brecht Forum, and the Studio Museum of Harlem.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, 5:30PMThe Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,Langston Hughes Auditorium, NYPL515 Malcolm X Boulevard (@135th Street), NY, NYOpening Reception: 5:30pm-6:15pm...Opening Plenary Roundtable: Read More ›