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Songs from Paradise

Following up on last week's standing-room-only reading at the Schomburg Center, tonight, three esteemed writers will read from their latest works and engage questions about being immigrants, creative artists, and pushing against the grain of social norms as queer artists of color. Featuring Staceyann Chin, Anton Niblett, and Curu Necos-Bloice. Hosted by Steven G. Fullwood, project director of the Library's Black Gay & Lesbian Archive. Books will be available for purchase in the gift shop prior to the event. Tonight, 7 p.m. at the 

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Writing What We Know


Join us on Monday, October 26th at 7 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a lively reading and discussion with four writers whose thought-provoking, innovative works challenge conventional social and cultural norms. Readers include Pamela Sneed, Herukhuti, G. Winston James, and

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PANIC!@the Library

PANIC! is New York City’s only ongoing LGBT reading series, held every last Wednesday of the month at Nowhere in the East Village. Hosted by Charlie Vázquez, PANIC! offers changing themes and features writers from different sectors of New York City’s LGBT community. The New York Public Library is thrilled to present PANIC! @ the Library on Saturday, October 17th at 2:30pm at the Jefferson Market Library, 427 Avenue of the Americas at West 10th Street, 212.243.4334. The scheduled readers are: Read More ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars

 In July we were very happy to host the winners of the newly-created LGBT Visiting Scholars Program. Thanks to the program, each year the Library will appoint up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars who will be provided with stipends to travel to New York City to conduct LGBT studies research in the Library's collections. The fellowship is targeted to emerging scholars---those without permanent academic appointments. The fellowship has been generously supported by LGBT Committee Ambassador and eminent historian Martin Duberman and his partner Eli Zal. At the end of July, the 

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1969: The Year of Gay Liberation—Online

After a great run in the Stokes Gallery at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation exhibition is now available online.  The online exhibition includes selected images from the show, a complete checklist of the items that were on view, the full-text of the panels, and suggested reading. In addition, there is a panel version of the exhibition that will be traveling in Read More ›

Speak UP, Act OUT

The New York Public Library is very pleased to be offering teen programming in conjunction with the exhibition at the StephenA.SchwarzmanBuilding highlighting the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Martin Boyce and Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt were both teenagers at the time of the riots, and will be participating in a panel 

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The Gay Liberation Front Alive!

 Diana Davies. Gay Liberation Front meeting at Washington Square Methodist Church, 1970.As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the Library is gathering together eight members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the pioneering activist group that began in just weeks after the July 1969. It was not only the first organization to use the word "gay" in its title, it also declared its solidarity with other liberation movements against racism, militarism, and 

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1969: The Year of Gay Liberation


 Above: Gay Activist Alliance flyer from 1970.


To mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Library is running an exhibition, "1969: The Year of Gay Liberation." The free show, which runs from June 1 through June 30, is in the Third Floor North Hall of the Stephen A. Scharzman Building at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. Just look for the chartreuse walls and authentically funky typefonts and colors of that tumultuous year. As curator Jason Baumann notes in an 

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The Private Sketches of Emilio Sanchez

 The library has received a generous gift consisting of 300 sketches by the Cuban-born artist Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) from the Emilio Sanchez Foundation. Sanchez is best known for his paintings of houses and architectural themes which emphasize the play of light and shadow on color. But the gift, which will become part of the Library's Print Collection, consists of small drawings male and female figures that were executed on the backside of flyers, envelopes, invitation cards and other pieces of paper. For example, one colorful and robust drawing of male figures was done on the back of an Read More ›

Join Us Now on Facebook!

We now have a Facebook page. Just search for us (LGBT@NYPL) from any page on Facebook and become a fan. Our page will stream the blog post you're now reading and feature additional photo albums and events. We'd love to hear your reactions, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, and hope to see you there soon. 

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Remembering Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

 Staff at the Library were deeply saddened today by news of the passing of pioneering scholar, and LGBT Committee Ambassador, Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick. Sedgwick's breakthrough studies, like Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire and Epistemology of the Closet, transformed LGBT scholarship across the humanities. She taught us to read in a whole new way---not to read homosexuality as much as the productive power of its invisibility. She also radically widened the possibilities of scholarship Read More ›

Recent Gifts


A 1914 letter from a Navy man who received an "undesirable discharge" for what appears to be a suspicion of homosexuality was recently donated to the Library by David Jarrett, a co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation. 

In the letter, which was written by an M.C. Cowles to another sailor named Cal Chord, the discharged Navy man says "I don't know...what the real cause is, although I have a suspicion." Cowles 

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Expanded Outreach for LGBTQ Teens

Thanks to a generous grant from initial funder Time Warner Inc., LGBT@NYPL is expanding its outreach to LGBTQ teens with a series of workshops, talks, and discussion groups at branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The programs range from panels on love and dating to hands-on workshops where participants can create their own graphic novels. Watch these pages for posts of upcoming activities.

UP NEXT: Two panels on dating and sexual identity.

Questions and Answers with Midwest Teen Sex Show Host Nikol Hasler

Nikol Hasler

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LGBT@NYPL meeting with CENESEX

 LGBT Committee co-chairmen Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney met with Mariela Castro Espin, the Director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual) in Havana on December 24, 2008.  CENESEX has been advocating and educating for LGBT rights, HIV prevention, and gender equality in Cuba. Ms. Castro has Read More ›

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson and Urvashi Vaid at the Library


On November 18th, the Library's LGBT Committee was honored to host a conversation between LGBT Committee Ambassador the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, the first openly-gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Urvashi Vaid, Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation and a longstanding leader in the LGBT movement. The conversation was attended by LGBT Committee members; and staff from American Express Pride Network; Liz Claiborne; The New York Times GLBT & Allies; Out@Time Warner; and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & 

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Carry the Word

Steven Fullwood, archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is a very busy man. In addition to his pioneering work as Project Director of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive at the Center, he is also a prolific writer, editor, and publisher. Last year, Fullwood co-edited an essential bibliography of Black LGBT writings with Lisa C. Moore, editor of RedBone Press, Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Writings. Recently, Steven and Lisa slowed down for a few Read More ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars

The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the creation of the LGBT Visiting Scholars Program thanks to the generous support of LGBT Committee Ambassador Martin Duberman and his partner Eli Zal. Each year the Library will provide stipends for up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. The stipends will support travel to New York City and related expenses to do LGBT studies research in the Library's collections. The travel grants awarded will range from $1,000 to $8,500. The awards will be limited to emerging scholars---those without permanent academic appointments---or those who Read More ›

Derek Jarman Film Series

Throughout the month of October, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be presenting the films of gay, British director Derek Jarman. Jarman, who began his career as a designer and artist, became famous as a director of experimental films that spanned punk, queer, activist and pop sensibilities. He was also a great Read More ›

Banned Books Week 2008

This week, September 27-October 4, is Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. The American Library Association compiles an annual list of most banned books based on newspaper reports and the reports from librarians across the country. These are books that have been challenged with a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that the book be removed because of its content or appropriateness. Banned Books Week serves as an annual reminder of the fragility of intellectual freedom and as a Read More ›

Behind the Scenes: Processing LGBT Collections

 We were thrilled recently to host a visit from Judith Armstrong, close friend of LGBT Committee Ambassador Kay Tobin Lahusen. Judith stopped by the Library to take a look at The Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen Gay History Papers and Photographs and to meet Laura Karas who is about to begin processing the collection. Laura has just completed work on the Read More ›
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